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Ty W. Boyer, Ph.D.

Professor & Department Chair

Development & Cognition

Brannen Hall 1024, 1008A

(912) 478-7102, 912-478-5122


Ty W. Boyer, PhD., is a Professor and Department Chair in the Georgia Southern University Department of Psychology. Dr. Boyer earned a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, spent time as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Chicago Department of Psychology and as a Research Associate in the Indiana University Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, and was an Associate Editor for Child Development during his time at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Boyer is interested in cognitive and perceptual development. His research asks, how do people gather information from their surrounding contexts, what roles do others’ presence and actions play in this process, how is what we perceive compared and contrasted with preexisting representations, how do these processes interact to form expectations that guide actions, and what aspects of these processes might be attributable to inherent biases that emerge very early in life versus learning and development that require more prolonged experience? He has conducted studies on the development of action perception and understanding, numerical and probabilistic reasoning, and decision-making processes and risk-taking tendencies, with a broad developmental perspective that spans from infancy to adulthood, which have been published in some of the leading professional journals in his research area. Dr. Boyer’s teaching interests are primarily in research methods and analyses, child developmental psychology, and cognition. When away from campus he enjoys spending time with family, cooking and eating (especially barbecue), attending rock concerts, sporting events, and comedy shows, and pushing his limits by training for and competing in grueling obstacle course races.

Last updated: 12/19/2023