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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Tyler S. Lorig

Ruth Parmly Professor of Psychology

Parmly Hall 240
(540) 458-8839

Professional Website | Curriculum Vitae


Post doctoral study, Yale University, 1988
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1983


My research is concerned with understanding the neurophysiological basis of cognition and its evolution. The primitive nature of the olfactory system provides an interesting avenue to this topic. Most of my research involves recording human brain electrical activity as subjects detect or label odors. I also have strong interests in the analysis and visualization of brain activity.

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Links to Course Web Pages

Psych 111  Brain and Behavior
Psych 120  Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Science
Psych 252  Experimental Psychology: Sensation and Perception
Psych 255  Experimental Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience
Psych 352  Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
Psych 355  Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience
Psych 395A The Art and Science of Perfume

Recent Publications

Books and Chapters

Lorig, T.S. & Dragoin, W. B. (2013). Psychology as a STEM Discipline: Issues and Prospects for Undergraduate Education. Oxford Handbook of Psychology Education, Oxford University Press.

Lorig, T.S. (2011). The effects of expectation and context on odor perception. A whitepaper prepared for the Sense of Smell Institute, New York, New York.

Lorig, T.S. (2009). The perception of odour. In Roberts, David (Ed.) Signals and Perception: The fundamentals of human sensation 2nd. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Lorig, T. (2009). Respiration. In Sander, D. & Scherer, K. (ed.) Oxford companion to emotion and the affective sciences. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 343-344.

Lorig, T.S. (2007). The respiratory system. In J. Cacioppo et al. (eds.) Principles of Psychophysiology, 3rd. New York: Cambridge University Press pp.231-244.

Published Articles

Lorig, T.S.(2012). Beyond self-report: Brain imaging at the threshold of odor perception. Chemosensory Perception, 5, 46-54.

Lorig, T.S.(2009). Introduction to this special issue. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 73, 1-2.

Lorig,T.S. (2009). What was the question? fMRI and inference in psychophysiology. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 17,17-21.

Elmes, D.G. & Lorig,T.S. (2008). Adequacy of control conditions in olfactory experiments. Chemosensory Perception, 1, 247-252.

Lorig, T.S., Rigdon, M., & Poor, A. (2006). Temporal pattern of odor administration alters hemispheric processing in humans. Neuroreport, 17, 231-234.

Ito, T.A., Chiao, K.W., Devine, P.G., Lorig, T.S. & Cacioppo, J.T. (2006). The influence of facial feedback on race bias. Psychological Science.

Lorig, T.S., Malin, E.L., & Horwitz, J.E. (2005). Odor mixture alters neural resources during symbolic problem solving. Biological Psychology, 69, 205-216.