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David E. Payne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Columbia University

M.A., Columbia University

B.A., University of Mississippi

Office: Howard Hall, Room 102

Phone: 732-571-3680


Regularly Taught Courses:

PY103: Introduction to Psychology

PY301: Psychology of Learning

PY302: Memory and Cognition

PY311: Research II: Behavioral Statistics and Laboratory

PY370: Sensation and Perception


Professor Payne brought experience to MU from faculty service in Germany, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.  He enjoys teaching how ingenious methods can reveal profound truths about the mind and behavior.  Current research projects involve paradoxical effects of familiarity on learning, and a controversy about classical statistics.

Research Interests:

 Attention and learning, both in nonhuman species and in people



Wilhite, S. C., & Payne, D. E. (1992). Learning and memory: The basis of behavior. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Scholarly Articles:

Savage, P. A., Kemp, D. G., & Payne, D. E. (1991): Auditory versus visual presentation of help messages. In Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 35th Annual Meeting, pp. 244-248.

Balsam, P. D., & Payne, D.  (1979).  Intertrial interval and unconditional stimulus durations in autoshaping.  Learning & Behavior, 7, 477 – 482.

Professional Associations:

Association for Psychological Science

Eastern Psychological Association

Sigma Xi -- The National Research Society