Dr. Jeff Sable is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, where he teaches courses in psychology (mostly neuroscience and research methods and statistics). He specializes in cognitive neuroscience, where he is particularly interested in automatic processes related to attention and perception--especially in the auditory system. He coordinates the CBU Cognitive Neuroscience Lab and he is known for providing students with authentic research experiences. Dr. Sable values the educational richness created by the diversity of the CBU student body, and he appreciates what each student brings to the classroom, research team, etc.


  • University of Missouri-Columbia, PhD in Psychology (emphasis in cognition and neuroscience), graduate minor in College Teaching
  • Kansas State University, MS in Psychology (emphasis in physiological psychology)
  • Drury College, BA in Psychology, minor in Business Administration

Publications and Research Focus


    • Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and electroencephalography (EEG)
    • Perception and attention
    • Auditory processing
    • Scholarship of teaching and learning, including Lasallian pedagogy


    • Brewer, L. M., Holdford, M. M., Holloway, Z. R., Sable, J. J., Andrasik, F., & Sable, H. J. K. (in press). Isoflurane effects on the N1 and other long-latency auditory evoked potentials in Wistar rats. Neuroscience Research.
    • Sable, J. J. (2020). Sharing the Lasallian mission in the classroom positively affects student perceptions. Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 39(2), 129-145.
    • Sable, J. J., Vitali, B. B., & Burke, T. L. (2020). Lasallianism, social justice, and community service: Characteristics of participants in CBU’s “September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds”. AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education, 11(1), 177-203.
    • Young, D. M., Sable. J. J., & Curran, J. (2018). Exploring the intersections: Racial justice, our Lasallian heritage, and the Catholic tradition. AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education, 9(2), 19-30.
    • Buddington, R. K., Chizhikov, V. V., Iskusnykh, I. Y., Sable, H. J., Sable, J. J., Holloway, Z. R., Katzir, T. B., van der Merwe, M., Yakimkova, T., Buddington, K. K., Lifshitz, Y., Tessler, S., & Gilert, A. (2018). A phosphatidylserine source of docosahexanoic acid improves neurodevelopment and survival of preterm pigs. Nutrients, 10(5), 637.
    • Sable, J. J., Patrick, T. A., Woody, P. L., Baker, K. R., Allen-Winters, S., & Andrasik, F. (2017). Auditory event-related potentials in the interictal phase of migraine indicate alterations in automatic attention. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 42(4), 323-333.
    • Perez-Muñoz, A., Woody, P. L., Rogers, J. W., Wilson, J. D., & Sable, J. J. (2017). N1 to distractor tones is affected by tone salience and primary task difficulty. Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 172-180.
    • Dahlke, L. A.-M., Sable, J. J., & Andrasik, F. (2017). Behavioral therapy: Emotion and pain, a common anatomical background. Neurological Sciences, 38(1), 157-161.
    • Sable, J. J. (2017). Challenges of Lasallian higher education in the twenty-first century: Students as apprentices in lifelong learning. AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education, 8(3), 133-140.
    • Leaver, E., Prunty, T., Sable, J., & Walsh, L. (2017). Teaching neuroscience. In R. L. Miller & T. Collette (Eds.) Teaching Tips: A Compendium of Conference Presentations on Teaching, 2015-16.
    • Perez-Muñoz, A., & Sable, J. (2016). Clockwork case study: A personality assessment of Alex from A Clockwork Orange. Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 21, 49-52.
    • Sable, J. J. (2016). Cognitive neuroscience and single-word processing (Amazing Papers in Neuroscience). Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 15(1), R19-R20.
    • Sable, J. J. (2015). Hypothesis testing using a video of language neuroimaging. In M. Birkett (Ed.), Teaching neuroscience: Practical activities for an engaged classroom (pp. 23-27).
    • Sable, J. J. (2015). The quad is a neuron: An outdoor demonstration of PSP properties. In M. Birkett (Ed.), Teaching neuroscience: Practical activities for an engaged classroom (pp. 41-45).
    • Eubig, P. A., Noe, T. E., Floresco, S. B., Sable, J. J., & Schantz, S. L. (2014). Sex differences in response to amphetamine in adult Long-Evans rats performing a delay-discounting task. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 118, 1-9.
    • Sable, J. J., Knopf, K. L., Kyle, M. R., Schully, L. T., Brooks, M. M., Parry, K. H., Thompson, I. A., Suna, E. B., Stowe, R., Flink, L. A., & Diamond, R. E. (2013). Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder reduces automatic attention in young adults. Psychophysiology, 50(3), 308–313.
    • Fleming, K. A., Bartholow, B. D., Sable, J., Pearson, M. A., Fabiani, M., & Gratton, G. (2013). Effects of alcohol on sequential information processing: Evidence for temporal myopia. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(1), 184-190.
    • Sable, J. J., Kyle, M. R., Knopf, K. L., Schully, L. T., Brooks, M. M., Parry, K. H., Diamond, R. E., Flink, L. A., Stowe, R., Suna, E., & Thompson, I. A. (2012). The sensory gating inventory as a potential diagnostic tool for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, 4(3), 141-144.
    • Sable, J. J., Rector, D. M. & Gratton, G. (2007). Optical neurophysiology based on animal models. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, 26(4), 17-24. (Invited review)
    • McCluskey, M. D., Sable, J. J., Foust, A. J., Gratton, G., & Rector, D. M. (2007). Recording invertebrate nerve activation with modulated light changes. Applied Optics, 46(10), 1866-1871.
    • Sable, J. J., Low, K. A., Whalen, C. J., Maclin, E. L., Fabiani, M., & Gratton, G. (2007). Optical imaging of temporal integration in human auditory cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience, 25(1), 298-306.
    • Fabiani, M., Low, K. A., Wee, E., Sable, J. J., & Gratton, G. (2006). Reduced suppression or labile memory? Mechanisms of inefficient filtering of irrelevant information in older adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(4), 637-650.
    • Sable, J. J., Low, K. A., Maclin, E. L., Fabiani, M., & Gratton, G. (2004). Latent inhibition mediates N1 attenuation to repeating sounds. Psychophysiology, 41(4), 636-642.
    • Maclin, E. L., Low, K. A., Sable, J. J., Fabiani, M., & Gratton, G. (2004). The event related optical signal (EROS) to electrical stimulation of the median nerve. NeuroImage, 21(4), 1798-1804.
    • Sable, J. J., Gratton, G., & Fabiani, M. (2003). Sound presentation rate is represented logarithmically in human cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience, 17(11), 2492-2496.
    • Cady, R. K., Farmer, K. U., Griesemer, K., & Sable, J. (1996). Prevalence of headache in children. Headache Quarterly, 7, 312-318.