Alan Hughes

Alan Hughes

Chair and Professor of Psychology

Department: Psychology
Phone: (706) 238-7992
Fax: 706-368-6971
Campus Box: 5019
Location: Cook Building 331


  • Ph.D., University of Louisville (2000)
  • M.A. Western Kentucky University (1996)
  • B.A. Berea College (1994)

Research Interests

  • Color vision; parallel pathways in the human visual system; mechanisms of light adaptation.

Field Experience

  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Berry College (2007)
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Nazareth College (2000-2007)
  • Research Health Sciences Specialist, Department of Veteran Affairs, Louisville VA Medical Center (1998-2000)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Louisville (1997-2000)

Selected Publications

  • Vukmanic, E., Godwin, K.,*  Shi, P., Hughes, A., &  DeMarco, P. (2014).  Full-Field Electroretinogram response to increment and decrement flashes.  Documenta Ophthalmologica. 1573-2622.
  • Hughes, A. (2014). Pursuing careers in physiological psychology. In Buskist, R. L (Ed.). Academic Advising: A Handbook for Advisors and Students. Syracuse, NY: Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
  • Hughes, A. (2014). Advising as teaching. In Buskist, R. L (Ed.). Academic Advising: A Handbook for Advisors and Students. Syracuse, NY: Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
  • Hughes, A. (2011). Exercises and demonstrations to promote student engagement in motivation and emotion courses. In Miller, R. L., Balcetis, E., Daniel, D., Saville, B., &. Woody, W. D., (Eds.). Promoting Student Engagement, Volume 2:  Activities & Demonstrations for Psychology. Syracuse, NY: Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
  • Hughes, A., & Gilmour, N.* (2010).  Perceptions of safety among workers in mental health care facilities. North American Journal of Psychology, 12 (1), 129-144.
  • Lindner, D., Hughes, A., & Fahy, R. (2008). Eating pathology and social comparison in college females. North American Journal of Psychology, 10(3), 445-462.
  • Hughes, A. (2005). A poster project for an undergraduate Sensation and Perception course. Teaching of Psychology, 32(1), 58-59.
  • Hughes, A., & DeMarco, P.J. (2003). The time course of adaptation for stimuli presented along cardinal lines in color space. Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, 20, 2216-2227.
  • Patterson, W. F., McDowell, A.L., Hughes, A., & Bilotta, J. (2002). Opponent and nonopponent contributions to the zebrafish ERG using heterochromatic flicker photometry. Journal of Comparative Physiology, 188, 283-293.
  • Purkiss, T.J., Hughes, A., & DeMarco, P.J. (2001). Processing of scotopic increments and decrements. Visual Neuroscience, 18, 119-125.
  • DeMarco, P.J., Hughes, A., & Purkiss, T.J. (2000). Increment and decrement detection on temporally modulated fields. Vision Research, 40 (14), 1907-1919.
  • Hughes, A., Saszik, S., Bilotta, J., DeMarco, P. J., & Patterson, W. F. (1998). Cone contribution to the photopic spectral sensitivity function of the zebrafish ERG. Visual Neuroscience, 15 (6), 1029-1038.

Professional Associations

  • Psi-Chi
  •  Mortar Board
  •  Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2)
  •  Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  •  Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)