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Psychology

Sara Finley

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sara Finley
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Ramstad Hall - Room 106E
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Education

  • Ph.D., Cognitive Science, John Hopkins University, 2008
  • M.A., Cognitive Science, John Hopkins University, 2005
  • B.A., Psychology, Linguistics, UC Santa Cruz, 1999

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Cognitive science
  • Language learning
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Phonology
  • Speech perception

Accolades

  • Karen Hille Phillips Regency Advancement Award Recipient 2015-2016, Pacific Lutheran University
  • 2013 Waldorf College Mini Grant
  • 2012 Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS) Travel Grant, Psychonomics

Biography

I primarily teach Introduction to Psychology and upper level experimental classes, such as Neuropsychology and Learning. Teaching a wide range of courses allows me to expose students to the many ways in which we can understand human behavior, and try to solve the puzzle of how the mind works. I am fascinated by the human capacity for thought and language, and our extraordinary ability to learn.  I am dedicated to exposing undergraduates to research in psychology while spreading my passion for creativity  and discovery in psychological science.