Charles A. Goodsell, PhD Assistant Professor

Charles A. Goodsell, PhD

Phone: 888-2527
E-mail: cgoodsell@canisius.edu

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I am a native of Penn Yan, NY and attended SUNY Cortland for my undergraduate degree in psychology. Next, I moved to Huntsville, Alabama and got my M.A. in experimental psychology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Finally, I moved to Norman, OK where I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

Here at Canisius I teach courses related to my training in Cognition (e.g., Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Memory, Sensation & Perception), as well as Statistics, Experimental Psychology, and courses related to Psychology and Law. Every college course contains specific core concepts that must be mastered. However, it has always been my goal to get students beyond what is required to get an acceptable grade. Learning relates just as much to the student’s ability to think critically and apply the subject matter as it does to their knowledge of the subject manner. As a cognitive psychologist, I know that the ability to memorize facts and information from a lecture or textbook may not translate into “real world” skills. Ultimately my goal is to prepare the student for life outside the classroom. This is true when teaching upper-level courses, as students are preparing for life after college. But it also is true when teaching an introductory class consisting of students who are in their first college course. These students often need help acclimating to college learning, which is why I am mindful that my courses are designed to foster more enriched learning.

My research focuses on Psychology and the Law. I am trained in basic memory theory, and I employ this perspective to apply basic research to real world problems like eyewitness identification. I take a theory-based approach (including the use of computational modeling) to explore issues in eyewitness memory and decision-making (including jury decision-making). I also have extended this research to include older eyewitnesses, who are an often overlooked population in these domains. I have studied the biasing effects of lineup administrator influence, the effects of lineup construction, and the effects of mugshot exposure prior to lineup identification. While at OU I received a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant in support of the mugshot exposure research.

I enjoy spending time with my wife – traveling, going to sporting events and concerts. I’m a big college football guy (go Sooners!), and enjoy constant disappointment from the Mets, Bills, and Sabres. Stop by or E-mail me if you’d like to chat about any of this.