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Jennifer A. Stevens, Ph.D.

IMG_5115.jpegAssociate Professor

Psychological Sciences & Neuroscience Program 

Office: ISC 1149 

Telephone: 757-221-3862

Fax: 757-221-3896


My primary research focus is representation. I looks for distinctions between visual and motor imagery and am also investigating the effect of surrounding space on different kinds of mental processes including motor representation, creativity, and analytic reasoning. In addition, some of my work examines the use of imagery as a strategy towards behavioral improvement. A secondary area of research focuses on the quantification of the aesthetic experience including its basis in the nature and limits of the visual system.

Current lab initiatives include:

1. Characterization of optimal spatial surround for analytic processing

2. Use of imagery as a stategy to improve behavior

3. Examination of confined space experiences on out-group bias 

4. Experiential effects of visual art across typical and atypical populations including creative exposure and its effect in analytic/academic insight

Students: If you are interested in working on one or more of these initiatives, please send an e-mail to that summarizes your major area(s) of study, your research interests, and your scientific goals. 

Click here for information about the Psychology major.

Click here for information about the Neuroscience major.

Visit the new exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum, The Adjacent Possible. Curated by my collaborator Elizabeth Mead, Professor of Art, the show will serve as a research laboratory for our course Neuro-aesthetic: The artist and the mind. Read more about the show in the VA Gazette news article here.