My research interests focus on the sense of olfaction as a window to cognition and emotion. As a Developmental Psychologist, I am interested in how the sense of smell develops, and how it affects children's understanding of the world. Current projects explore the effects of familiar odors on pain perception, the effects of disgust on facial expression recognition, and cross-modal associations between olfaction and vision. I teach Psychology 225 (Developmental Psychology), Psychology 305 (Experimental Methods), and Psychology 327 (Lab on Cognitive and Perceptual Development)
My research investigates psychological processes in taste, flavor, and olfaction. Current projects explore the impact of the emotion of disgust on the perceptual processing of odors and flavors, and cross-modal associations between vision, olfaction, and taste. I also conduct studies on the development of olfaction in children from preschool to 6th grade. I teach Psychology 205 (Introduction to Statistics), Psychology 316 (Laboratory in Perception), and Psychology 341 (History of Experimental Psychology)
Students Participate in research in a number of different ways:
Goubet, N., McCall, D.D., Ducz, J.K., Bingham, M.L. (2014). Semantic context facilitates odor identification in children and adults. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 592-598. DOI: 10.1002/dev.21124
Durand, K., Baudouin, J-Y., Lewkowicz, D.J., Goubet, N., & Schaal, B. (2013). Eye-catching odors: Familiar odors promote attention and sustained gazing to faces and eyes in 4 month-old infants. Plos One, August 28, 2013.
Thompson, R.B., Cothran, T., & McCall, D. (2012). Age and gender interact in preschoolers' help-seeking: Evidence for differential responses to changes in task difficulty. Journal of Child Language, 39, 1107-1120.
O'Sullivan, L.P., Goubet, N., & Berthier, N.E. (2012). L'atteinte de l'objet chez l'enfant ne premature [Reaching for objects in prematurely born infants]. Enfance, 64, 25-34.
Goubet, N., Strasbaugh, K.D., Chesney, J.L. (2007). Familiarity breeds content? Soothing effect of a familiar odor in full-term newborns. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 28, 1-6.
Hare, B.N., Waage, S., Weinbrom, A.A., Goubet, N., & McCall, D.D. (2014). Cross-modal associations between odors, colors, and abstract visual forms. Poster presented at the meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA (March).
Durand, K., Goubet, N., McCall, D., and Schaal, B. (2013). Seeing odors in color: Cross-modal associations in 5-10-year-old children. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA
McCall, D.D. & Dochat, C.L. (2013). Trigeminal stimulation and odor intensity mediate olfactory-visual cross-modal correspondences. Poster presented at the meetings of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.
Ducz, J., & Goubet, N. (2012). Olfaction-pain interactions: A familiar odor enhances pain tolerance. Poster presented at the XVI International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste, Stockholm, Sweden.
McCall, D.D. (2012). The enhancement of flavor detection under conditions of disgust. Poster presented at the XVI International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste, Stockholm, Sweden.
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