James T. Mantell

Assistant Professor of Psychology

James T. Mantell

Biography

James became fascinated with one of psychology’s oldest disciplines, the scientific study of perception, in college where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2005 at Millersville University. He earned his master’s (2011) and doctoral (2013) degrees at the University at Buffalo. His scientific interests include sensory processing, visual and auditory perception, and theories of mental structure. His current research addresses the question of how auditory perception influences vocal performance. His work on human music and language behaviors is designed to uncover the degree to which perceptual and cognitive processing overlap in these domains. In his courses, he emphasizes the importance of open-minded skepticism, critical thinking, and curiosity. James enjoys spending time with his family, reading science fiction, listening to music, and gaming.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Vocal imitation
  • Auditory perception
  • Music cognition

Education

  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2013
  • M.A. in General Psychology at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2011
  • B.A. in Psychology & Philosophy at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2005