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William Phillips, Ph.D.

Dr. Phillips was raised (mostly) in Nebraska. Yearning for the warm winters and cool summers of California, he moved to the Bay Area and started teaching at Dominican University of California in the Fall of 2001. He teaches courses in Cognition, Learning, Comparative Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Sensation & Perception, Introductory Psychology, and Directed Research. His current research interests include factors affecting students in the classroom, and how culture affects our perception.

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Professor, Psychology

Email: wphillips@dominican.edu

Office: Bertrand Hall, Room 27c

Phone: (415) 482-3596


Academic Area

 Cognitive Psychology/Perception


Educational Background

  • BS, MA, Phd, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Courses Regularly Taught

Cognition, Sensation & Perception, Statistics, Research Methods, Introductory Psychology, Comparative Psychology, Learning, Directed Research I & II, Advanced Experimental Design, Foundations in Critical Thinking, Special Topics in Perception, Special Topics in Animal Behavior

Research Interests

I am currently investigating different aspects of the college classroom environment that affect students’ learning and performance.  Other research projects include the use of a simulation laboratory training to aid learning among nursing students, and how exercise can improve cognitive functioning in the elderly.  I am also interested in how the processes of perception (taste, vision, touch, etc.) differ across cultures.  


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