Leslie Cameron

  • Professor of Psychological Science
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    Lentz Hall 204

    Leslie Cameron teaches courses in the Department of Psychological Science at Carthage, and regularly involves Carthage students in her research. She and her students are currently researching the effect of Covid-19 on sense of smell, the effects of pregnancy on the sense of smell, memory for odors, inhomogeneities in processing information across the visual field, and the latency of human eye movements. She has also studied humor development and understandings of irony and sarcasm among college students.

    Prof. Cameron earned her B.A. with distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester; and a Certificat Supérieur and Diplôme de Phonétique Appliquée à la Langue Française from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, France. Before coming to Carthage, she was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research associate and adjunct professor at New York University and a visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She was awarded a National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowship and a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at NYU.

    As a Wagner Teaching Fellow Prof. Cameron is using a Decoding the Disciplines approach, in conjunction with eye-movement recording, to better understand what experts do when they “read” graphs in order to help elucidate the process and teach it more effectively to students. She has conducted much of this research with “students as partners” and recently published a reflection with her students on the challenges faced in faculty-student partnerships.

    Prof. Cameron is a member of several research teams that publish in a number of journals, such as Chemical Senses, Chemosensory Perception, Frontiers in Psychology, and Vision Research. She regularly presents at the Chemical Senses and Vision Sciences annual meetings and at colleges and universities.

    She plays squash competitively and is an advocate for biking as a mode of transportation.

    Media Mentions:

    Carthage’s effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus with smell testing was featured in this article (The Daily Beast, August 16, 2020) and Prof. Cameron was interviewed about olfaction and Covid-19 by Gregory Berg on WGTD.

    Super Awesome Science Show: Smells of the season
    Professor Cameron discusses smell and how we detect and recognize odors throughout life that can equate with the festive season. (Global News, December 25, 2018)

    • Ph.D., M.A. — University of Rochester
    • B.A. — McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
    • PSY 1500 Introduction to Psychology
    • PYC 2010 Research Methods and Statistics I
    • PYC 2300 Cognition: Theories and Applications
    • PYC 3150 Sensation and Perception
    • PYC 400A Topics: Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
    • PYC 4800 Thesis in Psychological Science

    See full list of publications on my c.v. Notable publications Pelnar, H.*, Reyes, G.*, Sehgal, K.*, & Cameron, L. (2020). Partners, not peers: Defining boundaries and expectations in student partnerships. International Journal for Students as Partners, 4(2), 138-144. https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v4i2.4289 Cameron EL (2014) Pregnancy and olfaction: a review. Frontiers of Psychology (Cognitive Science),5:67. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00067 Doty, R.L. & Cameron, E.L. (2009). Sex differences and reproductive hormone influences on human odor perception. Physiology & Behavior,97, 213-228. Anderson, J.E., Cameron, E.L. & Levine, M.W.† (2014). A method for quantifying visual field inhomogeneities.  Vision Research, 105, 112–120. †all authors contributed equally to this work Cameron, E.L., Kennedy, K.* & Cameron, C.A. (2008). “Let me show you a trick!”: A toddler’s use of humor to explore, interpret, and negotiate her familial environment during a Day in the Life. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 23 (1), 5–18.