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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.


2017 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of
2017 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Psychology, Department of
2015 - Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education
2012 - 2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Department of Psychology Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper, ASU (2000)
  • Jack Bartlett Research Fellowship in Developmental Psychology, UM (2000)
  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Graduate Travel Award, UM (2001)
  • Society for Research in Child Development, Student Travel Award, 2005
  • Department of Psychology, Graduate Travel Award, UM (2005, 2003)
  • University Teaching and Learning Program, Distinguished Teaching Assistant, UM (2005)
  • University Teaching and Learning Program, Undergraduate Instruction Certificate, UM (2005)
  • NRSA, NICHD T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Science, UC (2005, 2006)
  • NIH, University of Michigan Training Course in fMRI (2010)
  • Postdoctoral Affiliate of the Cognitive Science Program, IU (2011)
  • Member of the Graduate Faculty, GSU (2012-present)
  • Recognized Reviewer, Personality and Individual Differences (2014)
  • Recognized Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2015)
  • Certificate of Outstanding Contributing in Reviewing, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2015)
  • Fellow of the Psychonomic Society (2016)


  • 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 (24)

Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings (5)