Department Chair:
Nancy Darling

Administrative Assistant:
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Phone: (440) 775-8355
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Severance Hall
120 West Lorain
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Academic Year - Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Summer Hours June to August - Monday through Friday TBD

Sam Carrier

Sam Carrier

Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychology

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University, 1966
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University California Berkeley, 1973

Teaching and Psychological Research

After an extended stint in Oberlin's administration, in 1995 I returned to the Psychology Department as an active member. I teach: Psychobiological Perspectives on the Arts, Visual Communication, and Sensory Processes and Perception.

I have long been fascinated with the initial stages of experience. My early research was in auditory psychophysics (especially binaural phenomena).  My current research interests are largely in archaeology


Archeological Research

In addition to my work as a psychologist, I have published several papers with my spouse, Susan Kane, who is a classical archeologist in Oberlin's Department of Art.  From 1995 through 1997, I served as Information Technologist for the excavation at Poggio Colla and in that capacity published a CD-ROM, Poggio Colla: The 1995 Season. More recently, I have worked as chief financial officer and information technologist in Italy with the Sangro Valley Project and in Libya with the Cyrenaica Archaeological Project.



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