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Robert Melara

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Robert Melara

Department Chair
Professor Department Chair

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Department
Office
NAC 7/201
Phone Number: 
212-650-5716
Email: 
rmelara@ccny.cuny.edu
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Education
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Degree/Date: B.A., 1979 Institution: State University of New York at Stony Brook Specialization: Psychology

Degree/Date: M.A., 1982 Institution: New School for Social Research Specialization: Psychology

Degree/Date: Ph.D., 1987 Institution: New School for Social Research Specialization: Psychology

Degree/Date: Post-doctoral Fellowship, 1987-1989 Institution: John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale University Specialization: Sensory Psychophysics

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Research Interests
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Dr. Melara measures the psychophysical (signal detection, reaction time) and electrophysiological (event-related potentials) activity of human participants as they perform tasks of visual, auditory, or cross-modal selective attention (i.e., making cognitive decisions within distracting environments).The goal of his research is to develop formal models of human attentional systems, models that explicitly link on-line physiological processing to momentary behavioral performance.

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Publications
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Tong. Y., & Melara, R. D. (2007). Behavioral and electrophysiological effects of distractor variation on auditory selective attention. Brain Research, 1166, 110-23.

Melara, R.D., Wang, H., Vu, K.-P.L., & Proctor, R.W. (2008). Attentional origins of the Simon effect: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Brain Research, in press.

Liu, S. S., Melara, R.D., Chen, J., & Massara, F. (2008). Integration of consumer buying behavioral parameters with signal detection tests. Psychology and Marketing, in press.

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Additional Information
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Professional Activities: Consulting Editor, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance Consulting Editor, Perception & Psychophysics.

Current Projects: Melara, R.D., Brentari, D., Hansen, K., Shay, R., & Gonzalez, C. (2007). Effects of language experience on selective control in the Stroop task: Printed English, spoken English, and American Sign Language. Submitted.

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