Independent Minds, Working Together

John Jewell

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Psychology
Phone: 330-263-1955
Office Address: 112 Morgan

Dr. Jewell completed his BS at Lebanon Valley College where he majored in Computer Information Systems and Psychology. As a result of his interests in computer programming, psychology, artificial intelligence, and robotics, he began studying human sensation and perception at Bucknell University where he earned his Master’s degree. There he used his computer programming skills to develop computer generated stereoptic displays to study size and distance perception issues analogous to the “moon illusion”. He continued his graduate work in the doctoral program in the Psychology Department at Kent State University. While there his research focused on the multisensory perception of spatial orientation and navigation. His various teaching and research activities were often contextualized in an applied framework, which provided a foundation for his human factors consulting work. After his graduate work, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania. This additional training focused on body posture and balance and continued the applied theme of his work.

Dr. Jewell has held several teaching and research positions in Psychology and Neuroscience. He designed, implemented, and directed a Neuroscience curriculum at Ursinus College. He has used his expertise to consult on a variety of design and usability projects for products, safety issues, interface design, scene analysis, and the assessment of space usage. He has also consulted on a variety of legal cases related to safety and usability.

Currently, Dr. Jewell is a member of the Psychology Department at The College of Wooster. The courses that he teaches make purposeful connections between the study of human behavior and creativity, design, innovation, entrepreneurship, and computer science. Dr. Jewell teaches a variety of courses such as Introduction to Psychology, The Psychology of Creativity and Innovation, Human Factors: Design & Innovation, Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as a First Year Seminar called iMachine which explores the man-machine relationship. Dr. Jewell also mentors a number of senior independent study students.