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John Monahan received his undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in Psychology with a minor in physiology at Duke University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Aging and Human Development for two years and taught at Rutgers University for three years before coming to Central Michigan University in 1976.

Research Interest:

Dr. Monahan's research interests are in perception and cognition, especially attention. Recent research has included the Stroop phenomenon (interference of words with color naming), visual search, and gender differences in spatial cognition.

Recent Research:

Monahan, J.S. & Harke, M.A. (October, 2012) Applying SDT to a speeded paper and pencil test. Paper presented at the 28th annual meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, Ottawa, Canada.

Monahan, J.S. (March, 2011). Reducing Stroop Inhibition by Increasing Incongruent Probability.  Paper presented at the 103rd meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology at New Orleans, LA.

Monahan, J.S. (October, 2010). The Effects of Incongruent Probability, Response Mode, and Stimulus Set on RT. Paper presented at the 26th annual meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, Padua, Italy.

Monahan, J. S., Harke, M. A., & Shelley, J. R. (2008). Computerizing the Mental Rotations Test:
Are gender differences maintained?   Behavior Research Methods, 40(2), 422-427.

Monahan, J. S. (2001).  Coloring single Stroop elements:Reducing automaticity or slowing color processing?  Journal of General Psychology.