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About Scott W. Brown

Born into a working-class family and raised in rural Maine. Always wanted to know how the mind worked, and so pursued psychology as an undergraduate and studied experimental psychology in graduate school, with an emphasis on cognition, perception, and neuropsychology. Has been a faculty member at the University of Maine (Orono, Maine), Norwich University (Northfield, Vermont), and the University of Southern Maine (since 1987).
Current Research:
The human mind is a multi-component system whose function is supported by several pools of specialized attentional resources (visual, auditory, motor, etc.). Current research is designed to uncover the nature of the resources that underlie time perception by examining interference patterns between concurrent temporal and nontemporal tasks. The research shows that timing tasks and executive cognitive tasks produce a pattern of bidirectional interference, implying that they are dependent upon the same set of cognitive mechanisms. Executive functions are those cognitive processes that control thought and behavior, and include attentional switching, memory updating, and inhibitory control. The interference data suggest that timing shares neurocognitive resources with these fundamental executive functions.


Present Professor of Psychology, University of Southern Maine


Contact Information

Office: 518 Science
Phone: 207-780-4148


Articles (24)

Contributions to Books (3)