Thomas Davis

Professor of Psychology / Psychology Program Chair

Thomas [dot] Davis [at] nichols [dot] edu


  • BA, Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • PhD, Cognitive Neuroscience, Brigham Young University


Dr. Davis began teaching at Nichols in 1996. Since then, he has published a number of papers including “students’ perceptions and reported use of their memories after a memory-improvement courses” and presented seminars related to students’ engagement in virtual communities; the challenges of collaborative teaching; and the psychology of advertising, to name a few.  He reviewed the textbook, Psychology around Us before publication.

Dr. Davis teaches with the belief that the problems of the future can only be solved by inspiring original applications, fresh connections, and novel ideas. Application is the foundation of his approach. Whether students are designing personality surveys for Mars-bound astronauts or using statistical software to solve a mystery in a final exam designed as a statistics novel, he believes that creative application leads

Dr. Davis teaches the following courses:

  • Applied Seminar in Research Methods
  • Brain and Behavior
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • The Psychology of Sleep and Dreaming

Industry Experience

Dr. Davis’ research interests include the effects of video games on information processing and the effect of sleep on cognition and memory.  He has reviewed and authored or co-authored a number of books and articles including:

  • Reviewer, Psychology Around Us textbook
  • Publications/Journal articles authored or co-authored include:
    • Students' perceptions and reported use of their memories after a memory-improvement course”
    • “Evaluation of interviewing methods and mediating representations for knowledge acquisition”

Hobbies, Activities, etc.

In his spare time, he enjoys exploring trails with his 85 pound boxer "Moby," mountain biking, and MMORPG's (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).