Dr. David F. Nichols

Associate Professor

Department: Psychology
Office: 509E Life Science



2003-2006, Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology
2000-2003, Florida Atlantic University; M.A. in Experimental Psychology
Research Focus: Ambiguous motion perception
(psychophysics, computational modeling)

1998-2000, Florida Atlantic University; B.A. in Experimental Psychology
1996-1998, University of Florida; General Education
Research Focus: Adaptation in apparent motion (psychophysics)


Research & Teaching Interests

Teaching Focus: Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, Research Methods, Computer Programming
Research Focus: Time Perception, Visual Psychophysics, Computational Modeling, Cognitive Neuroscience

Scholarly Activities

Recent Conferences Attended:
SYNAPSE (undergraduate neuroscience)
Society For Neuroscience

Recent Publications

Nichols, D.F. (in press). A series of computational neuroscience labs increases comfort with Matlab. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. Supplementary Materials.

Kennedy, L.*, Dorrance, S.*, Stoneham, T.*, Bryant, M.*, Boyd, K.*, Flippen, K.*, & Nichols, D.F. (2014). Event-related brain potentials for emotional words versus pictures. Impulse, 1-16.

Hurless, N.*, Mekic, A.*, Peña, S.*, Humphries, E.*, Gentry, H.*, & Nichols, D.F. (2013). Music genre preference alters alpha and tempo alters beta wave activity patterns in human non-musicians. Impulse, 1-11.

Nichols, D.F., & Lyon, J.S. (2013). Improving student and parental perceptions of faculty research via an event showcasing faculty research. CUR Quarterly, 33(3), 35-41.

Hock, H.S., & Nichols, D.F. (2013). The perception of object versus objectless motion. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 75, 726-737.

Hock, H.S., & Nichols, D.F. (2012). Motion perception induced by dynamic grouping: A probe for the compositional structure of objects. Vision Research, 59, 45-63.

Daniels, L.B., Nichols, D.F., Seifert, M.S., & Hock, H.S. (2012). Changes in pupil diameter entrained by cortically initiated changes in attention. Visual Neuroscience, 29, 131-142.

Nichols, D.F., Betts, L.R., & Wilson, H.R. (2010). Decoding of faces and face components in face-sensitive human visual cortex. Frontiers in Psychology, 1-28. 

* student authors