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May, Christopher, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: Rankin 309B
Office Phone: 262-524-7250
Ph.D., University of California-Davis
M.A., University of California-Davis
B.S., Tulane University
Areas of Specialization:
Neural, cognitive, and behavioral modeling
Scholarly and Professional Achievements:
Peer-Reviewed Publications
Hendrix, S.E., & May, C.J. (in press). Neuroscience
    and the quest for God. To appear in
    Littlefield, M. & Johnson, J. (Eds.), The
    Neuroscientific Turn in the Humanities and
    Social Sciences. Ann Arbor: University of
    Michigan Press.
May, C.J., Schank, J.C., & Joshi, S. (in press).
   Modeling the influence of morphology on the
   movement ecology of groups of infant rats
   Rattus norvegicus). Adaptive Behavior.
May, C.J., Burgard, M., Mena, M., Abbasi, I.,
   Bernhardt, N., Clemens, S., Curtis, E.,
   Daggett, E., Hauch, J., Housh, K., Janz, A.,
   Lindstrum, A., Luttropp, K., & Williamson, R.
   (2011). Short-term practice of loving-kindness
   meditation produces a state, but not a trait,
   alteration of attention. Mindfulness. doi:
Burgard, M. & May, C.J. (2010). The effect of a
   positive affect induction via
   metta meditation on the attentional blink.
   Journal for Articles in Support of the Null
   Hypothesis, 7, 1, 8-15.
May, C.J., Burgard, M., & Abbasi, I. (2010).
   Teaching complexity theory through student
   construction of a course wiki: The self-
   organization of a scale-free network.
   Complexity. doi: 10.1002/cplx.20325.
May, C.J. (2010). Demonstrations of neural network
   computations involving students.
   Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience
   Education, 8, 2, A116-A121.
May, C.J. & Schank, J.C. (2009). The interaction of
   body morphology, directional kinematics, and
   environmental structure in the generation of
   neonatal rat (Rattus norvegicus) locomotor
   behavior. Ecological Psychology, 21, 4, 308-333.
May, C.J., Schank, J.C., Joshi, S.J., Tran, J.,
   Taylor, R.J., & Scott, I. (2006). Rat pups and
   random robots generate similar self-organized
   and intentional behavior.  Complexity, 12, 1,
Dien, J., Franklin, M.S., & May, C.J. (2006).
   Is "blank" a suitable neutral prime for
   event-related potential experiments? Brain and
   Language, 97, 1, 91-101.
Schank, J.C., May, C.J., Tran, J.T., & Joshi, S.S.
   (2004). A biorobotic study of norway rat pups
   (rattus norvegicus) in an arena. Adaptive
   Behavior, 12, 3/4, 161-173.
May, C., Tran, J., Schank, J., & Joshi, S. (2004).
   Biorobotic study of Norway rats in
   individuals and groups. Robotics and Machine
   Perception, 13, 2, 1 & 7 (invited short

Conference Presentations
May, C.J., & Daggett, E. (2011). “The neural causes
   of individual differences and changes in the
   attentional blink.” Association for
   Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.
Kuster, C., Symms, J., May, C., & Hu, C.
   (2011). “Developing computational thinking
   skills across the undergraduate curriculum.
   Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium,
   Duluth, MN.
Burgard, M., & May, C.J. (2010). “Short-term,
   sustained practice of metta meditation
   produces a state, but not a trait, alteration
   of attention.” Beta Beta Beta National
   Biological Honor Society, Durango, CO.
Daggett, E., & May, C.J. (2010). “A novel neural
   network model of the attentional blink: Towards
   a mechanistic understanding of individual
   differences in attention and the effects of
   attention training.” Midwestern Psychological
   Association, Chicago, IL.
Abbasi, I., Burgard, M., & May, C.J.
   (2009). “Understanding complexity theory
   through participation in a self-organizing
   process.” The Society for Chaos Theory in
   Psychology and the Life Sciences, Milwaukee,
   Wis. (student authors italicized).
May, C.J., & Schank, J. (2009). “Developmental
   kinematics in the modeling of locomotor
   behavior in rats.” Midwestern Psychological
   Association, Chicago, Ill.
May, C.J.,  & Schank, J. (2008). “Two routes to the
   same behavior: insights from behavioral
   modeling of infant rats.” Association for
   Psychological Science, Chicago, Ill.
May, C.J, Schank, J., & Joshi, S.
   (2005). “Stochastic substrates of animal
   Cognition." The Society for Chaos Theory in
   Psychology and the Life Sciences, Denver, Colo.
May, C.J., Franklin, M., & Dien, J.
   (2002). "Disentangling the N400: A high-
   density event-related potential study."
   Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco,
Honors and Awards:
Co-PI, Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate
   Computing Education, “Developing Computational
   Thinking Skills across the Undergraduate
   Curriculum,” National Science Foundation,
Title III Engaging Technologies Grant, “Brain-
   computer interface to engage students in
   Neuroscience,” Carroll University, 2010.
Educational Innovations Grant, “Robotics kits for
   classroom and laboratory investigations in
   theoretical neuroscience,” Carroll University,
Pioneer Scholars Grant, “Neural network modeling of
   the attentional blink phenomenon: Toward a
   mechanistic understanding of the effects of
   attention training,” Carroll University, 2009.
Pioneer Scholars Grant, “Positive affect and the
   proficiency of attention: Behavioral and
   electrophysiological investigations,” Carroll
   University, 2009.
Educational Innovations Grant, “Psychophysiology
   equipment to transform neuroscience laboratory
   offerings,” Carroll College, 2008.
Graduate Student Association Professional
   Development Award, University of
   California-Davis, 2006.
Psychology Research Grant, University of
   California-Davis, 2006.
Professors for the Future Fellowship,
   University of California-Davis, 2005-2006.
Teaching Assistant Consultant Fellowship,
   University of California-Davis, 2004-2005.
Psychology Research Grant, University of
   California-Davis, 2003.
Admissions Incentive Fellowship, University
   of California-Davis, 2002-2003.
Summa Cum Laude, Tulane University, 2002.
The Aaron Hartman Award in Psychology, Tulane
   University, 2002.
The Arnold Gerald Award in Neuroscience,
   Tulane University, 2002.
Tulane Summer Scholars Grant,
   Tulane University, 2001.

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