Professor of Psychology
Telephone: (315) 859-4719
B.A. Psychology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
M.A. Experimental Psychology (1968), Brown University, Providence, RI
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology (1970), Brown University, Providence, RI
Professor Vaughan's research interests focus on the selection of
motor movements; eye movements and attentional processes; learning;
and cognitive neuropsychology. His most current work (with colleagues
David Rosenbaum of Pennsylvania State University and Ruud Meulenbroek
of the Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information) has resulted
in computational models that describe performance in tasks such as
reaching, grasping, and tapping. With colleague Penny L. Yee, he has
also been active in facilitating the use of computer applications in
psychological research, his most recent efforts being tutorial
materials for the use of the
PsyScope program for
teaching and research.
Professor Vaughan teaches Introductory Psychology,
Research Methods in Psychology, and Attention and
Performance (an advanced laboratory course in cognitive
psychology). He is developing a new sophomore-level course for the
spring of 2000, Learning and Cognition, which will integrate
laboratory studies of the learning processes with their clinical
applications. Like all his departmental colleagues, he encourages
student participation in research through summer experiences,
independent study, and the Senior Project.
Selected Recent Publications
Note: Hamilton Student co-authors listed in red print.
Articles and Chapters:
Vaughan, J. (1992). The dimensions of computing. Behavior
Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 24, 109-115.
[Presidential address, Society for Computers in
Rosenbaum, D. A., Loukopoulos, L. D., Meulenbroek, R. G. J.,
Vaughan, J., and Engelbrecht, S. (1995). Planning reaches by
evaluating stored postures. Psychological Review, 102,
Vaughan, J., Rosenbaum D. A., Diedrich, F. J., and Moore, C. M. (1996) . Cooperative
selection of movements: The optimal selection model.
Psychological Research/Psychologische Forshung, 58,
Vaughan, J., Yee, P., Heisterkamp, C.
E., Grey, A. L., and Mattson, T. R. (1997). PsySquash: A
program for the analysis of PsyScope data files. Behavior
Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 29, 241-245.
Vaughan, J., Mattson, T.
R., and Rosenbaum, D. A. The regulation of contact in
rhythmic tapping. (1998). In Rosenbaum, D. A., and Collyer, C.
E.,(Eds.) Timing of Behavior: Neural, Computational, and
Psychological Perspectives. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Yee, P. and Vaughan, J. (In Press).
A Web-accessible tutorial for
PsyScope based on classic experiments in human cognition.
Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers.
Paper and Poster Presentations:
Planning movements: The effects of context. New England Sequencing
and Timing conference, March, 1966 (with Tiffany Mattson and David Rosenbaum).
The Performance of Rhythmic Tapping: Hysteresis Effects.
Psychonomics Society, Chicago, IL, November, 1996 (with Tiffany Mattson and David A.
Using PsyScope in Cognitive Psychology. Northeast Conference on
the Teaching of Psychology, Ithaca, NY, October, 1997. (with
Hysteresis in Rhythmic Tapping: Limb Segment Selection and
Impulse Production. Psychonomics Society, Philadelphia, PA,
November, 1997 (with Tiffany
Mattson and David A. Rosenbaum).
Evaluating Models of Reaching. Eastern Psychological
Association, Boston, MA, March, 1998 (with Emma L. Thompson, Rebecca H.
Wadler, and David A.
The Regulation of Contact in Rhythmic Tapping. Eastern
Psychological Association, Boston, MA, March, 1998 (with Tiffany Mattson).
Honors and Awards
NSF predoctoral fellow, 1967-1970.
NIMH research grants, 1973-1981.
NSF Instructional Scientific Equipment Program grant ,
Margaret Bundy Scott Fellow, Hamilton College, Spring, 1976.
NSF Undergraduate Research Participation grant, 1976-1977.
NIMH National Research Service Award , 1981-1983.
President, Society for Computers in Psychology, 1990-91
NSF Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant, 1993-95.
Christian A. Johnson Teaching Fellowship for Teaching
Consulting Editor, Behavior Research Methods, Instruments,
and Computers, 1990-.
Councilor, Council for Undergraduate Research,
[Source: March, 2008, from the Hamilton College Website]