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About Ty W. Boyer

Ty Boyer earned a BS in Psychology from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in 2000, and an MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2002 and 2005. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Chicago Department of Psychology, followed by several years as a research associate in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. His general areas of research are perceptual and cognitive development, with more specific focus on how people gather information from their surrounding, oftentimes social, contexts, contrast these percepts with preexisting representations, and form expectations that guide actions, and how these processes change with neural maturation and experience. He has conducted studies on the development of interpersonal action understanding, numerical and probabilistic reasoning, and decision-making processes and risk-taking tendencies. The age groups analyzed in this research program vary significantly with the question guiding the work; some of the research is conducted with infants, some with young children, elementary school aged children, adolescents, and some is done with adults. His teaching interests are primarily in research methods, child psychology, infancy, cognition, and developmental cognitive neuroscience.


Present Faculty Member, Georgia Southern University Department of Psychology

Curriculum Vitae


2014 - 2016 Proportional Reasoning, Whole Number Operations, and Numerical Estimation (PI)
National Science Foundation - NSF BCS-1348921
Role: Principal Investigator
2014 Faculty Development Committee Award
Centers for Teaching and Technology Summer Travel Funds
2012 - 2014 Research Assistantship Investment Program Funded
Georgia Southern University Office of the Vice President for Research and the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies
2012 Departmental Start-Up Award
Georgia Southern University College of Liberal Arts and Social Science Research Initiation Funds
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2012 - Present Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
2020 Chair, Assistant Professor of Psychology Search Committee
2019 - 2020 Member, Department Policies Committee
2019 - 2020 Member, Laboratory space allocation committee
2015 - 2020 Associate Editor, Child Development
2015 - 2020 Member, Master of Science Program Committee
2019 Chair, Lecturer in Psychology Search Committee
2014 - 2016 Member, Laboratory space allocation committee
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, American Journal of Psychology
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, Applied Developmental Science
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, British Journal of Developmental Psychology
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, Child Development
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, Child Development Perspectives
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, Cognition
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, Cognitive Development
Ad hoc Peer Reviewer, Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience
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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Department of Psychology Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper, ASU (2000)
  • Recipient, Jack Bartlett Research Fellowship in Developmental Psychology, UM (2000)
  • Recipient, Jacob K. Goldhaber Graduate Travel Award, UM (2001)
  • Recipient, Society for Research in Child Development, Student Travel Award, 2005
  • Recipient, Department of Psychology, Graduate Travel Award, UM (2005, 2003)
  • Recipient, University Teaching and Learning Program, Distinguished Teaching Assistant, UM (2005)
  • Recipient, University Teaching and Learning Program, Undergraduate Instruction Certificate, UM (2005)
  • Recipient, NRSA, NICHD T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Science, UC (2005, 2006)
  • Recipient, NIH, University of Michigan Training Course in fMRI (2010)
  • Recipient, Postdoctoral Affiliate of the Cognitive Science Program, IU (2011)
  • Recognized Reviewer, Personality and Individual Differences (2014)
  • Recognized Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2015)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Outstanding Contributing in Reviewing, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2015)
  • Fellow of the Psychonomic Society (2016)
  • Recipient, CLASS Award of Distinction in Scholarship/Creativity, GSU (2018)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Completion, Teaching Online Courses Program, CTE, GSU (2019)
  • Recipient, Publons Peer Review Award, top 1% of reviewers in Psychiatry/Psychology (2017-2019)
  • Recipient, Proficiency in Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) Badge, CTE, GSU (2020)


  • Development of Original Research (GSU PSYC 7390, 7490)
  • Life Span Developmental Psychology (GSU PSYC 3333)
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology (GSU PSYC 7331)
  • Research Methods (GSU PSYC 3141)
  • Senior Seminar: Social Cognitive Development (GSU PSYC 4630)
  • Child Psychology (GSU PSYC 3331)
  • Advanced Psychological Statistics (GSU PSYC 4131)
  • Research Experience (GSU PSYC 3890)
  • Directed Research (GSU PSYC 4832)
  • Masters Theses (GSU PSYC 7999)
  • Topics in Cognitive Development (UC - PSYC 32500)
  • Introduction to Memory and Cognition (UMPC - PSYC 341)
  • Introduction to Statistics (UMCP - PSYC 200)
  • Adulthood and Aging (UMPC - PSYC 357)
  • Introduction to Psychology (UMCP - PSYC 100)


2005 Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, University of Maryland at College Park
2002 M.A. in Developmental Psychology, University of Maryland at College Park
2000 B.S. in Psychology, Arizona State University

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8041
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-7102
Office: Brannen Hall


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (27)