College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Lisa R. Fournier

Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1993

Contact Information:

Office: Johnson Tower 233D
Phone: (509) 335-4415
Fax: (509) 335-4050


Classes Taught:

  • Psychology 198: Honors Introductory Psychology
  • Psychology 312: Research Methods
  • Psychology 401: History of Psychology
  • Psychology 592: Cognitive Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Visual attention
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Action

Our lab is presently investigating: 1) feature binding and how perception-based actions (both internally and externally guided action) are represented, 2) the role of attention, memory, and the different brain hemispheres in the formation of action plans, 3) feature conjunction benefits and costs in decision priming, and 4) EEG correlates of mirror neuron activity during learning  Our lab currently utilizes behavioral (reaction time and accuracy) as well as EEG measures. We also have an Educational Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Air Force which has supported the high-tech equipment required to simulate many the real-world visual displays and has allowed us to effectively collaborate with the Air Force Research Lab in Dayton, Ohio..

For more detailed explanation of these research interests and present ongoing projects, please go to:

Selected Publications:

Fournier, L. R., Gallimore, J. M., Feiszli, K. R., & Logan, G. D. (2013). On the importance of being first: Serial order effects in the interaction between action plans and ongoing actions. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 1-7. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-013-0486-0

Fournier, L. R., & Gallimore, J. M. (2013). What makes an event: Temporal integration of stimuli or actions?. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 1-13.

Patterson, R.E., Fournier, L.R., Williams, L., Amann, R., *Tripp, L., Pierce, B., (2013). System dynamics modeling of sensory-driven decision priming. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 7, 3-25.

Mattson, P. S., Fournier, L. R., & Behmer, L. (2012). Frequency of the first feature in action sequences influences feature binding. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74, 1446-1440.

Fournier, L. R., Wiediger, M. D., McMeans, R., Mattson, P. S., Kirkwood, J., & Herzog, T. (2010). Holding A Manual Response Sequence In Memory Can Disrupt Vocal Responses That Share Semantic Features With the Manual Response, Psychological Research, 74,359-369.

Patterson, R. Fournier, L., Pierce, B., Winterbottom, M., & Tripp, L. (2009). System dynamics modeling of the time course of the recognition-primed decision model, Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making 3, 250-276

Wiediger, M. D. & Fournier, L. R. (2008). An Action Sequence Withheld in Memory Can Delay Execution of Visually Guided Actions: The Generalization of Response Compatibility Interference. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 34(5), 1136-1149.

Mattson, P. S. & Fournier, L. R. (2008). An action sequence held in memory can interfere with response selection of a target stimulus, but does not interfere with response activation of noise stimuli. Memory & Cognition, 36, 1236-1247.

Fournier, L. R., Patterson, R., Dyre, B. P., Wiediger, M., & Winters, R. (2007). Conjunction benefits and costs reveal decision priming for first- and second-order features. Perception & Psychophysics, 69(8), 1409-1421.

    Dr. Lisa R. Fournier

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