Jeff Rudski, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair
Psychobiology and Learning
Moyer Hall - Room 223
D.E.C., Vanier College, B.Sc., McGill University, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Dr. Rudski teaches Biological Psychology, Psychopharmacology, Learning & Behavior, Advanced Research in Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, and additional courses relating to his research interests.
My academic and research interests are quite eclectic. In the past few years, students and I have published papers or given conference presentations dealing with such disparate topics as addiction theory, risk perception, neuroethics, stigma and disability, psychology of superstition, behavioral endocrinology, and judgment and decision making. Several themes run through most of these projects. First, there is the tension between the rational and intuitive basis of human thought and behavior-stated another way as the tension between thinking with your head versus knowing with your heart. This interest goes back to my college days when I was deeply influenced by the English poet/philosopher William Blake's writings on how human nature is a balance of reason and passion/emotion, and pervades my research on superstition, judgment and decision making, and risk perception. Second, my background in and life experiences with disabilities advocacy has given me an appreciation of neurodiversity, which in turn is guiding my research on stigma. Finally, my graduate training in behavioral pharmacology has resulted in a career-long curiosity about acceptability, social influences, and ethics of drug use, including instances of recreational, psychiatric, and cosmetic usage.
* Student Authors
- Rudski, J.M., Osei, W*., Jacobson, A.R*., & Lynch, C.R*. Lynch (2011). Would you rather be injured by lightning or a downed power line? Preference for natural hazards. Judgment and Decision Making, 6, 314-322.
- Rudski, J.M., Bernstein, L.R*., & Mitchell, J.E* (2011). Implicitly Erotic Art across the Menstrual Cycle. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 40(4), 767-73.
- Faust, C.*, Silverberg, J.*, & Rudski, J.M. (2011). The box-top spatial maze. Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience Research, 9, 34-36.
- Rudski, J.M., Segal, C.*, & Kallen, E.* (2009). Harry Potter and the End of the Road: Parallels with addiction. Journal of Addiction Research and Theory, 17, 260-277.
- Baum, S. K., & Rudski, J.M. (2008). Anti-Semitism and superstition. Journal of Contemporary Religion. 23, 77 - 86.
- Rudski, J.M. (2007). Naloxone decreases responding for conditioned reinforcement in rats. Psychological Reports, 100, 263-269.
- Rudski, J.M. & Edwards, A.* (2007). Malinowski goes to college: Factors influencing students' use of ritual and superstition. Journal of General Psychology, 134, 389- 403.
- Dale, D., Rudski, J.M., Smith, E.*, & Schwartz, A.* (2007). Innumeracy and incentives: A ratio bias experiment. Judgment and Decision Making, 2, 243-250.
Recent Conference Presentations
* Student Authors
- Rudski, J.M., Merker, S*., & Wehrle, K*. (2012, May). Ethical Concerns with Cosmetic Psychopharmacology: Is it the Pill or the Principle? Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
- Genualdi, A*., Lieberman, A*., & Rudski, J.M. (2012, May). Recreational Drugs: Preference for Natural over Artificial Versions. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
- Kanner, S.A.*, Sciutto, M.J., & Rudski, J.M. (August 2011). Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Contact, and Stigma. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
- Rudski, J.M., Smith, M.*, Morrone, D.*, & Sciutto, M.J. (May 2011). Autism Awareness Videos May Inadvertently Increase Stigma. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.
- Robbins, K.*, & Rudski, J.M. (May 2011). Ratio bias is diminished by risk, positive framing, or serious consequences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.
- Osei, W.,N. *, Jacobson, A.R.*, Lynch, C.R.*, & Rudski, J.M. (May 2010). Would you rather be injured by lightning or a downed power line? Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, Boston MA.
- Gallub, N.T.*, Manzella, H.M.*, Schaefer, C.M.*, Van Waalwijk, J.M.*, & Rudski, J.M. (May 2010). Disability, stigma, and magical contagion. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, Boston MA.