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Dr. Ron Salafia

Professor of Psychology
salafia@fairfield.edu
o: Bannow Science Center N Rm 468
p: x2394
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B.S., Loyola College
M.A., Ph.D., Fordham University

Current Research Interests

For as long as I can remember, I have had an intense, some would say all-consuming interest in science. I have a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, and for nearly 50 years, I have conducted and published research on a variety of topics that, perhaps surprisingly, have nicely integrated those seemingly disparate disciplines. This research has focused on psychophysics and signal detection, human learning, neural mechanisms of memory, and the development and testing of submarine control systems.

Over all these years, one constant observation that has really troubled and frustrated me has been the overwhelming lack of understanding of even the most basic aspects of scientific methodology and scientific thinking, not only among the general public, but even among highly intelligent and highly educated people. Today, as throughout my life, I feel surrounded by pseudoscience, non-science, and anti-science in everything from day to day dealings with students, colleagues, and administrators, to reading and viewing news media that are supposedly supplying us with useful, documented, and unbiased information. With this in mind, I have recently turned my attention and research interest to what is becoming known as the Psychology of Science, with the hope of addressing and perhaps doing something to modify the situation.

Courses Taught

  1. PY 201: Statistics for Life Sciences
  2. PY 201L: Stas Lab
  3. PY 203: Statistics For Life Sciences
  4. PY 252: Lrng & Applied Behavoir Anslys
  5. PY 261: Biological Bases of Behavior
  6. PY 265: Learning & Applied Behav Anal
  7. PY 291: Internship/Teaching of Psych
  8. PY 296: Intern Teaching Psych 201009