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Andrea L. Patalano

Professor of Psychology

Judd Hall, 401/4th

Professor, Neuroscience and Behavior



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BA Brown University
MA University of Michigan
PHD University of Michigan

Andrea L. Patalano

Professor Patalano's research focus is the scientific study of adult human reasoning and decision making behavior. She is interested in how decisions are made, how and why people vary in their decision making strategies, how underlying cognitive and motivational mechanisms give rise to differences, and ultimately how to improve decision making. She is also interested in category use in reasoning, including how categories support inference in judgment and decision making, and in the use of principles of cognitive psychology to inform education. She uses a range of empirical research methods including laboratory behavioral tasks, neuroscience methods, and mathematical models.  Her research receives funding from the National Science Foundation.  Professor Patalano teaches courses in human cognition, judgment and decision making, concepts and categories, and introductory statistics.

Prior to coming to Wesleyan, Professor Patalano served as a research fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the Institut National de la Santé and de la Recherche Médicale in Paris, France.  She earned her B.A. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Psychology with a speciaization in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

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Mondays 3-5 pm by Zoom (for the time being) at: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/my/andreapatalano

Be sure to sign up for a 20-min appt at: https://calendly.com/apatalano/20min

Please check back weekly for updates and changes, as some weeks my office hours will be online and other weeks in person on the patio in front of Exley, depending on covid/flu levels, weather, and my schedule. Thanks!


Spring 2023
PSYC 200 - 01
Stats: Activity-Based Approach