|Psychology Faculty Profile
Psychology Program Faculty Profile
May, Christopher, PhD
|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:
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
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
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,
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
Educational Innovations Grant, “Psychophysiology
equipment to transform neuroscience laboratory
offerings,” Carroll College, 2008.
Graduate Student Association Professional
Development Award, University of
Psychology Research Grant, University of
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
Admissions Incentive Fellowship, University
of California-Davis, 2002-2003.
Summa Cum Laude, Tulane University, 2002.
The Aaron Hartman Award in Psychology, Tulane
The Arnold Gerald Award in Neuroscience,
Tulane University, 2002.
Tulane Summer Scholars Grant,
Tulane University, 2001.
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