Biography

Dr. Jeff Sable, Associate Professor, earned his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in business administration from Drury College (now Drury University) in Springfield, Missouri; his M.S. in Psychology (emphasis in physiological psychology) from Kansas State University; and his Ph.D. in Psychology (emphasis in cognition and neuroscience) with a graduate minor in college teaching from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He did postdoctoral work in neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Sable is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies what people are thinking when they don’t know that they are thinking. He is especially interested in processes related to attention, perception, and cognition that happen automatically and without conscious effort or even awareness, and he often measures physiological activity—such as brain activity—to study these processes. He is familiar with many psychophysiological methods, ranging from direct measures of the brain (e.g., EEG, MEG, fMRI, PET) to indirect measures of its influence on the body (e.g., muscle activity, heart rate, sweating). Dr. Sable has helped to bring several of these methods to CBU (see here for examples of how they are being used), and received a grant from the National Science Foundation to set up a 64-channel EEG system. Dr. Sable’s Biological Psychology course (which is required for psychology majors) includes several activities in which students get hands-on experience recording their own physiological activity (e.g., brain activity, muscle activity, stress response). He is a strong advocate of engaging students in the scientific process, both inside and outside the classroom.