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A.B., A.M., Ph.D., The University of Chicago.
Post-Doc, The University of Michigan.

Office: Armitage 345 Rutgers-Camden 311 N. 5th St Camden NJ
Office phone: (856) 225-6204

Research Areas: Human memory, Decision making, Culture and cognition, Spatial reasoning, Environmental psychology. 





Fall 2018: Introduction to Psychology; Method and Theory
Spring 2019: Method and Theory (2 sections)
Fall 2019: Introduction to Psychology; Method and Theory
Spring 2020: Environmental Psychology; Grad Environmental Psychology
Summer 2020: Cultural Psychology of Food
Fall 2020: Child Psychology; Method and Theory
Winter 2021: Environmental Psychology
Spring 2021: Statistics for Social Sciences (2 sections)
Summer 2021: Cultural Psychology of Food
Fall 2021: Psychology of Childhood; Graduate Research Methods
Winter 2022: Environmental Psychology
Spring 2022: Graduate Developmental Science; Environmental Psychology
Summer 2022: Cultural Psychology of Food
Fall 2022: Psychology of Childhood; Graduate Statistics
Winter 2023: Environmental Psychology
Spring 2023: Statistics for Social Sciences (2 sections)
Summer 2023: Environmental Psychology; Cultural Psychology of Food
Fall 2023: Sabbatical Leave
Spring 2024: Statistics for Social Sciences, Honors College course: Inherit the Winds: Environmental, Cultural, and Technological Challenges and Opportunities posed by Offshore Wind Energy in New Jersey
Summer 2024: Environmental Psychology; Cultural Psychology of Food
Fall 2024: Graduate Statistics; Cognition, Neuroscience, and Cinema

OFF SHORE WIND: A project to be completed soon, ten lectures on Off Shore Wind energy in New Jersey. If you would like to be added to my canvas site on this project please feel free to contact me at 

MUSIC PAGE: Please click here for free recordings and sheet music of carillon (cathedral/church bell) music I arranged and composed

Read this if you are looking for a letter of recommendation. 


Stochastic choice and imperfect perception (a long term series of projects with economist John Smith

Maybe people are Bayesian, but maybe not. (“The Bayes Craze”) also with John Smith

Discriminating artificial intelligence from human intelligence

Psychology of transgender, gay and lesbian lives

Cognitive processes underlying Automatic Imitation (with C. Bouquet and R. van Der Wel)

Psychology of sustainability (a long term interest that serves the basis of my course Environmental Psychology)

Culture, psychology, and food (a long term interest that serves the basis for my course The Cultural Psychology of Food)

History of art, music and photography (another long term interest that served the basis for my course The Psychology of Art and Music)

Psychology of humor (a course I developed and taught for many years)


Please see John Smith’s site for several works in progress or under review 

Krassner, M., Duffy, K., Wiesniewski, K., August, A., & Duffy, S. (in prep). A century of smiles: Changes in emotional expression in portrait photography 1920-2020.

Bouquet, C., van der Wel, R., Lafleur, M., & Duffy, S. Regulation of automatic imitation: Domain specific versus domain general control processes. 

Duffy, S., & Bouquet, C. (in prep). Gender differences in preferences for humor produced by men or women

RECENT PAPERS (older papers at my google scholar page): 

Duffy, S., & Smith, J. (revised and resubmitted). Stochastic choice and imperfect perception of line lengths: What is hiding in the noise

Duffy, S., & Smith, S. (revised and resubmitted). An economist and a psychologist form a line: What can imperfect perception of line length tell us about stochastic choice.

Duffy, S., Nadeo, J.J., Owens, D., & Smith, J.  (in press). Cognitive Load and Mixed Strategies: Are there brains in games? International Game Theory Review

Duffy, S., Hertel, J., Igan, D., Pinhiero, M., & Smith, J. (2022) Bayesian integration in sensorimotor learning: Another look at Kording and Wolpert (2004). Cortex, 153, 87-96.

Duffy, S., Gussman, S.,& Smith, J. (2021). Visual judgments of length in the economics laboratory: Are there brains in stochastic choice? Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 93,163-193.

Duffy, S., & Smith, J. (2020). On the category adjustment model: Another look at Huttenlocher, Hedges, and Vevea (2000). Mind and Society, 19, 163-193.

Duffy, S., & Smith, J. (2020). Omitted-variable bias and other matters in the defense of the category adjustment model: A comment on Crawford (2019). Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 85: 101501. 

Duffy, S., & Smith, J. (2018). Category effects on stimulus estimation: Shifting and skewed frequency distributions-A reexamination. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 25, 1740-1750.

Duffy, S. (2017). Cognitive development. In K. Nadal (Ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. (pp. 306-309). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Jonas, K. J., Cesario, J., Alger, M., Bailey, A. H., Bombari, D., Carney, D., Dovidio, J. F., Duffy, S., Harder, J. A., van Huistee, D., Jackson, B., Johnson, D. J., Keller, V. N., Klaschinski, L., LaBelle, O., LaFrance, M., Latu, I. M., Morssinkhoff, M., Nault, K., Pardal, V., Pulfrey, C., Rohleder, N., Ronay, R., Smart Richman, L., Schmid Mast, M., Schnabel, K., Schröder-Abé, M. & Tybur, J. M. (2017).  Power poses – where do we stand?, Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, 2, 139-141.

Latu, I. M., Duffy, S., Pardal, V. & Alger M. (2017). Power vs. persuasion: Can open body postures embody openness to persuasion? Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, 2, 68-80.

Allred, S., Crawford, L.E., Duffy, S. & Smith, J. (2016) Working memory and spatial judgments: Cognitive load increases the central tendency bias. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 23, 1825-1831.

Allred, S., Duffy, S., & Smith, J. (2016). Cognitive load and strategic sophistication. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 125, 162-178.

Duffy, S., Smith, J., & Woods, K. (2015). How does the preference for increasing payments depend on the size and source of the payments? Management Science Letters, 5, 1071-1080.

Duffy, S. & Smith, J. (2014). Cognitive load in the multiple player prisoner’s dilemma game: Are there brains in games?. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 51, 47-56.

Duffy, S., Hartwig, T., & Smith, J. (2014). Costly and discrete communication: An experimental investigation. Theory and Decision, 76, 395-415.

Duffy, S. & Smith, J. (2013). Preference for increasing wages: How do people value various streams of income? Judgment and Decision Making, 8, 74-90.

See my Google Scholar page for links to all published articles. 


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