Thomas Perera Ph. D. - Professor Emeritus of Psychology

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Research in Psychophysiology, Psychophysics, and Learning.

THOMAS BIDDLE PERERA Ph.D.                       
Department of Psychology
Montclair State University                        
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Education: (Psychology) Columbia University: Ph. D. 1968 Columbia University: M. A. 1963 Columbia College: A. B. 1961 Certified/Licensed by the States of New York and Vermont as a Psychologist: General, Experimental, and Clinical Psychology. Experience: Montclair State University - Department of Psychology Professor Emeritus. 2002 Head of the Experimental Psychology Program. 1982 - Present Professor: Department of Psychology. 1980 - Present Director: Psychophysiology Laboratory. 1975 - Present Associate Professor: Department of Psychology. 1975 - 1980 Barnard College - Columbia University Consultant: Psychology Department. 1975 - Present Assistant Professor: Department of Psychology. 1968 - 1975 Instructor: Department of Psychology. 1966 - 1968 Columbia University Project Director/Consultant: Psychophysics Lab. 1974 - Present (NASA Grant NSG-1115) Senior Research Scientist: (NYS Psychiatric 1968 - 1971 Institute. NIH Grant MH-03660) Research Scientist: (NYS Psychiatric 1964 - 1968 Institute. NIH Grant MH-03660) Manager: Electropsychology Laboratory 1963 - 1967 (NIH Grant M-2961) Research Assistant: Electropsychology Lab. 1961 - 1963 (NIH Grant M-2961) Teaching Assistant: Department of Psychology 1963 - 1966 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: (Psychology) 1960 - 1961 Research: Thirty Five Years of Federal, State, University, and Foundation Grant Supported Research in the Following Areas: Writing and Development of Computers in Curricula software Packages. Rewriting Computers in Curricula Software Packages for new computers. Design and Construction of Instructional Microcomputer Systems. Invention of New Types of Microcomputer Interfacing Techniques. Design and Implimentation of Computerized Instructional Laboratories. Writing of Modular Tutorial Curricular Materials. Psychophysiology, Psychophysics, and Experimental Psychology. Director of the fully-computerized Montclair State University Psychophysiology laboratory. Director of the Computer Center of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University. Publications: 103 Publications Including Articles, Software, Tutorials, etc. 33 Professional Papers Presented at National Conventions. Series of 27 Modular Instructional Software Packages. Used by over 90% of the Colleges and Universities, Worldwide. Second Edition: Translated for New Computer Architecture. Third Edition: Translated for New Computer Architecture. Series of 20 Modular, Multi-Media Instructional Tutorials. In use by over 800 Colleges and Universities, Worldwide. 10 Journal Articles on microcomputer Applications. 22 Professional Papers on Microcomputer Applications. Numerous Other Psychological Articles. Articles outside of the field of Psychology. Masters Thesis Research: Columbia University Graduate School. Proprioceptive discrimination of a covert operant without its observation by the subject (Supervised research under the direction of Dr. Ralph Hefferline). Published in Science, 1963, 139, No. 3557, 834-835. Doctoral Dissertation: Columbia University Graduate School. An experimental analysis of agonistic and antagonistic pre-overt muscle responses during human escape-avoidance conditioning. Committee: Dr. Ralph Hefferline Columbia University (Chair) Dr. Herbert Terrace Columbia University Dr. Samuel Sutton Columbia University Dr. Daniel Ehrlich Columbia University Dr. Lewis Petrinovich SUNY Stony Brook Research Laboratory: Director and Founder: Montclair State University Psychophysiology Laboratory. The Psychophysiology Laboratory is a private laboratory at Montclair State University. It is supported by grants and contributions and is dedicated to research on the electrical activity of the human nervous system as it relates to higher mental processes and cognition. The laboratory has its own general purpose digital computers with additional hardware and software for on-line and off-line analysis of eight channels of analog psychophysiological data. Complete signal conditioning and programming facilities permit the recording of virtually all types of psychophysiological responses as well as the programming of intricate experimental conditions. Recording facilities include a seven channel F.M. tape recorder and permit long-term storage and retrieval of experimental data. Students from the Psychology Department, as well as other departments in the University, participate in performing research and the computer facilities are available to the rest of the university when they are not being used for psychophysiological research. Research Experience and Skills: Design and instrumentation of experiments in psychophysiology, psychophysics, physiological psychology, learning, and perception. Electrophysiological recording and analysis techniques. General animal surgical stereotaxic implant and lesion procedures. Computer programming using machine language and a wide variety of higher level programming and process control languages. Planning, purchase, and utilization of five large and medium size I.B.M. and D.E.C. computer installations and several hundred microcomputer installations for on-line and off-line analysis of operant & psychophysiological data. Electronic, electromechanical, and mechanical instrumentation design, construction, utilization, and maintenance. Research in Progress: The design of microcomputerized psychological laboratory instrumentation and software. Psychophysical scaling of annoyance. Psychophysical scaling of the effects of noise on humans. Peripheral gating of pain responses in humans. Analysis of covert muscle responses during human conditioning. Concurrent recording of operants and respondents in humans. The use of biofeedback to permit voluntary control of covert skeletal and autonomic behavior. Biofeedback-enhanced relaxation in humans. Teaching: 35 Years of Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Experience Including: Teaching Courses in Most Experimentally- oriented areas of Psychology. Supervision of Graduate Masters and Doctoral Research. Supervision of Undergraduate and Honors Research. Head of the Montclair State University Psychology Department's Experimental Psychology Program. Director of the Faculty Development Grant Program - Computer Literacy. Miscelaneous: Memberships in 9 Professional and Honorary Societies. Listings in 5 "Who's Who" Publications including Frontier Science and Technology, and Aviation and Aerospace. Numerous Consultantships in Computerized Curricula.


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