Home Page of Janet M. Gibson, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
1116 8th Avenue
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA 50112-0806
email: gibsonj@grinnell.edu

office phone: 641-269-3168 | office: Science 1610 | fax: 641-269-4285

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See our Alzheimer's Association Benefit Walk from October 5, 2013 organized by our Psi Chi chapter and SEPC.

Courses teaching Spring 2019
Class pages: PSY 220 Decision Making  | PSY 260 Cognitive Psychology w/ lab


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Recommended Reading for Psych Majors


Teaching Interests

I regularly teach Cognitive Psychology (PSY 260), Advanced Cognitive Psychology (PSY 360), Introduction to Psychology (PSY 113), and Decision Making (PSY 220).

Research Interests

My main focus of research is implicit memory, the influence of past experience that facilitates or biases current performance in the absence of conscious recollection. A second line of reesearch is the role of cognitive processes in appreciating or comprehending humor. Other interests include executive functioning, prospective memory, time management, and the use of self-assessment scales of memory as tools for decision making concerning memory in our everyday lives.

Recent Publications

Gibson, J. M. (2019).  An introduction to the psychology of humor. New York: Routledge.

Gibson, J.M. (2016). Getting serious about funny: Psychologists see humor as a character strength. The Conversation, August 24, 2016.

Vertilo, V., & Gibson, J. M (2014). Influence of character strengths on mental-health stigma. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 266-275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2014.891245

Gibson, J. M. (2012).  Empirical investigations on priming of word-stem completion.  In N. Hsu & Z Schütt (Eds.), Psychology of priming (pp. 1-48). Hauppauge, NY:  Nova Science.

Brooks, J. O. III, & Gibson, J. M. (2012).  Factor analysis of eight implicit memory measures. In N. Hsu & Z Schütt (Eds.), Psychology of priming (pp. 245-263). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Recent Conference Presentations

Gibson, J. M. Correlating Ratings of Funniness with Cognition and Humor measures. Poster presented at the 29th Convention of the International Society for Humor Studies, Montreal, Canada, July 12, 2017.

Gibson, J. M., Alto, A., & Burnette, T. E. Linking Psychology of Humor and Cognition. Poster presented at the 2017 Convention of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, April 20, 2017.

Gibson, J. M. The Psychology of Humor: A Serious Study of Funny. Two 1.5 hour talks for the ACES program, Drake Library, June 8 and 15, 2016.

Johnson, D., & Gibson, J. M. Conditional Inferences Differentiate Mental Logic and Mental Models Predictions.  Poster presented at the 2013 Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, November 15, 2013.

Shaw, A., Briggs, M., & Gibson, J. M. On the Relationship Between Time Management and Executive Functioning through Time Estimation. Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 25, 2013.

Vertilo, V., & Gibson, J. M. Influence of Character Strengths on Mental Health Stigma. Poster presented at the 2013 Convention of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, May 4, 2013.

Gustafson, S., Tseng, C., Yoon, E., & Gibson, J. M. The Effect of Glucose on Prospective Memory. Poster presented at the 2013 Convention of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, May 3, 2013.

Personal Creations

Paintings | Poems | Essays | Short Stories | Cartoon story

 "If psychology thinks the mind is the brain, then I observe that psychology has lost its mind." --J. M. Gibson

Last modified January, 2019