Margaret Munger


Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A. Columbia University
A.B. University of Chicago


I joined the Department of Psychology in 1994 and my area of interest is perception, how we organize and understand the world around us. My teaching led to a book, The History of Psychology: Fundamental Questions (Oxford, 2003). In addition, I enjoy teaching the Humanities Program, the Western Tradition.

My students and I explore aspects of visual cognition, in particular how we perceive and understand the world in motion around us. As part of my lab course (PSY 301), tutorials, and senior thesis projects, students have examined a variety of events-from simple objection motion (a cube rotating), to biomechanical movement (a human figure walking or running), more general memory for scenes, and perception of motion through a scene. Using a wide range of objects and motions, we hope to further understanding of how we perceive the world in motion so clearly, yet with so little effort.


HUM 150 The Western Tradition: The Ancient World
HUM 250 The Western Tradition: From the Renaissance through the Eighteenth Century
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 276 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 301 Research Methods: Perception & Attention
PSY 378 Cognition & the Arts
PSY 402 History of Psychology