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Carol DeVolder, PhD

Professor


Dr. DeVolder teaches classes relating the brain and behavior. Her research interests include memory, forgetting, and memory loss following injury.

Dr. DeVolder's most recent interest is the physiology and psychology of humor, laughter, and mirth.

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Education and Training


  • PhD, University of Iowa, Human Experimental Psychology
  • BA, Augustana College, Psychology
  • AA, Black Hawk College

Areas of Professional Interest


  • Memory
  • Memory loss from head injury
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Behavioral neuroscience

Highlighted Research, Publications, and Affiliations

Student-Mentored Research


DeVolder, I. & Wehe, H. (2010). The Effect of Directed Forgetting on Information Retention I the classroom Setting. Presented at the St. Ambrose University Undergraduate Scholars' Conference, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

Henggeler, N., DeKoster, A., & Moklestad, N. (2010). Long-Term Effects of Olfactory Stimulation On Eyewitness Recall. Presented at the St. Ambrose University Undergraduate Scholars' Conference, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

Whitcomb, H., Horner, B., & DeVolder, I. (2010). College Students' Perceptions of Attractiveness. Presented at the St. Ambrose University Undergraduate Scholars' Conference, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

McTurnal Laymon, J.W. & Torres, C. (2010). Perceptions of Gay Male Instructors: The Limitations of a complex Design Using a Commercially Available Survey Tool. Presented at the St. Ambrose University Undergraduate Scholars' Conference, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. (Co-Supervisor with R. Anderson)

Cox, Charles (2006). Living in Harmony with Strees. Presented to employees at Tri City Electric Co., Inc., Davenport Iowa. Gorgo, C. & Forgie, K. (1999). The role of visualization in thought suppression. Presented at the 1999 Augustana College Research Fair, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

Breeland, C., Vanderstoep, N., & Bacher, K. (1999). Developmental aspects of thought suppression. Presented at the 1999 Augustana College Research Fair, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

Martens, D. & Norton, H., (1995). The effects of different dosages of nicotine on working and reference memory in rats. Presented at the 1995 Illowa Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. Renner, E. G. (1995). Phenylpropanolamine. Presented at the 1995 Illowa Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

Renner, E. G. (1995). The risks, dangers, and efficacy of phenylpropanolamine in over-the- counter diet preparations. Presented at the First Annual Spring Research Fair, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

DeVolder I., Sibthorp, C. & Glenn, B., (1995). Age differences in retrospective and prospective memory. Presented at the 1995 Illowa Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

Lynch, S., Heffelfinger, S., Swadley, J., Kloepfer, H., & Lewellan, J. (1994). The effect of task importance and delay on prospective memory. Presented at the 1994 Illowa Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL.


Conference Presentations


DeVolder, C. L., Tranel, D., & Wasserman, E. A. (1995). Disruption in Memory Performance Following Frontal or Temporal Lobe Damage. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Los Angeles, CA

DeVolder, Wasserman, E. A. and DeVolder, C. L. (1992). Similarity- and nonsimilarity-based conceptualization. Presented at the 15th Symposium on Quantitative Analysis of Behavior Held at Harvard, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

DeVolder, C. L. & Wasserman, E. A. (1991). Strategic shift in the retrospective and prospective processing of visual forms. Presented at the 63rd Midwestern Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Wasserman, E. A., DeVolder, C. L., Van Hamme, L. J., & Beiderman, I. (1990). Recognition by components: Comparative evaluations of visual discriminations by pigeons. Presented at the meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA.

DeVolder, C. L., Wasserman, E. A., and Beiderman, I. (1990). Perceptual processes of visual categorization in pigeons: Recognition-by-components? Presented at the 62nd Midwestern Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Publications

Wasserman, E. A. & DeVolder, C.L. (1993). Similarity- and nonsimilarity-based conceptualization in children and pigeons. The Psychological Record, 37, 43, 779-793.

Wasserman, E. A., DeVolder, C. L., & Coppage, D. J. (1992). Nonsimilarity-based conceptualization in pigeons via secondary or mediated generalization. Psychological Science, 6, 374-379.

Bowers, R. L, Harris-Peterson, M., Mollenhauer, M.S., DeVolder, C. L., Avery, D. D., & Richards, R. W. (1990). Bombesin improves rats' operant responding maintained by a differential- reinforcement-of-low-rates schedule of food reinforcement. Psychological Reports, 66, 131- 138.

DeVolder, C. L. (2009) Invited Review for The General Psychologist, newsletter of the American Psychological Association, Division I, 31-22.

DeVolder, C. L. (1995). Review of: The brain--a Neuroscience Primer, 2nd Edition, by R. F. Thompson. Contemporary Psychology, 40, 265.

DeVolder, C. L. (1992). Review of: Biological Psychology, 4th Edition by J. W. Kalat. Contemporary Psychology, 38, 284.

DeVolder, C. L. (1992). Brief note on Child Development, 2nd Edition by L. Berk. Contemporary Psychology, 37, 500.


Courses Taught

Brain and Behavior
Behavioral Pharmacology
Sensation and Perception
Behavioral Neuroscience

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Psychological Society
American Psychological Association Division II: Teaching of Psychology
Midwestern Psychological Association: Area Representative
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

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