Eric Phillip Charles
3000 Ivyside Park
Pennsylvania State University
Altoona, PA 16602
Assistant Professor of Psychology Fall 2008 – Present Psychology
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
Post-doctoral Scholar and 2006 – 2008 Psychology
Part-Time Lecturer, Clark University
Graduate Minor in Quantitative Psychology
Dissertation “Object Permanence: An Ecological Approach”
Bucknell University B.S. 2000 Animal Behavior
Minors in Mathematics and Philosophy
Grants and Awards
Postdoctoral Fellow, $97,672, Individual Kirschstein NRSA Fellowship, NICHD, 2006-2008
Predoctoral Fellow, $84,000, National Science Foundation, 2002-2005
Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, $24,000, University of California, Davis, 2000-2002
Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2000
Assistant Organizer, Animal Behavior Society National Conference, 1999
University Research Grant, $5,000, Bucknell University, 1998
Psychology of Learning
Human Instincts – Animal Minds
Junior Honors Seminar
Paradox of Animal Sociality
Capstone: Evolutionary Psychology
Advanced Psychology of Learning
Directed laboratories for:
Psychology 390: Teaching Psychology, UC Davis, Winter-Spring 2002
Honors Theses Advisees
Christian A. Kreuzberger. Does motion capture technology increase the
link between violent video games and violent behavior.
Samantha Tricky. Gender-specific responses to individualized fantasies of unfaithfulness.
Emily Lescak. Physiological and Self-Reported Responses to Attachment Vocalizations.
Animal Behavior Society
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
International Society for Comparative Psychology
International Society for Developmental Psychobiology
International Society for Ecological Psychology
Society for Research in Child Development
Presenter, Selecting and Collaborating with
your Dissertation Committee, Minority Achievement Conference,
Panelist, Graduate School and Careers in Psychology, Quinsigimond Community College, 2007
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Social Issues, 2007
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Psychological Methods, 2004-2005
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Ecological Psychology, 2005
Host, Multi-departmental “Research Hero” Speaker Series, UC Davis, 2005
Panelist, How to Fund Your Graduate Education, 2004
Area Representative, Psychobiology, UC Davis, 2000-2002, 2004-2005
Area Representative, Developmental Psychology, UC Davis, 2003-2004
President, Psychology Graduate Student Association, UC Davis, 2001-2003
Head Student Reviewer, Graduate Admissions, Psychology, UC Davis, 2001-2003
Organizer and Director, Picnic Day activities, Psychology Department, UC Davis, 2002
Area Reviewer, Graduate Admissions, Psychobiology, UC Davis, 2000-2001
Publications (** indicate an undergraduate co-author)
Charles, E. P., & Rivera, S. M. (In Press). Object permanence and method of disappearance: Exploring the contradiction between looking and searching measures of object permanence. Developmental Science.
Farzin, F., Charles, E. P., Rivera, S. R. (In Press). Development of intermodal numerical processing in infants. Infancy.
Charles, E. P. (In Press). ToM 101: A guide to mainstream theory of mind research. [Review of the book Theory of mind: How children understand others’ thoughts and feelings]. Contemporary Psychology.
Charles, E. P. (2008). The (Old) New Realism: What Holt has to offer for Ecological Psychology. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 43, 53-66.
Charles, E. P. (2008). Co-dependence of theory and research in the development of Ecological Psychology. In J. Clegg (Ed.), The Observation of Human Systems: Lessons from the History of Anti-Reductionistic Empirical Psychology. Piscataway, NJ: Transactions Publishers.
Charles, E. P., & Dege, M. (2008). The beyond must also be useful: The burden of alternative approaches. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 42, 194-199.
Charles, E. P. (2008). Eight things wrong with introductory psychology courses in America: A warning to my European Colleagues. Journal für Psychologie, 16, http://www.journal-fuer-psychologie.de/jfp-1-2008-7.html
Charles, E. P. (2007). Missed opportunities: Speculation on what Japanese psychology could have been. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 41, 93-96.
Joyce, D., Kennison, J., Densmore, O., Guerin, S., Barr, S**., Charles, E., & Thompson, N. (2006). My way or the highway: a more naturalistic model of altruism tested in an iterative prisoners' dilemma. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 9 http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/9/2/4.html
Charles, E. P. (2005). An improved method for constructing confidence intervals around correlations corrected for attenuation. Psychological Methods, 10, 206-226.
Charles, E. P. (2004). Dualities hidden influences in models of the mind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 400-401.
Coss, R. G., & Charles, E. P. (2004). The role of evolutionary hypotheses in psychological research: Instincts, affordances, and relic sex differences. Ecological Psychology, 16, 199-236.
Pereira, M. E., Schill, J., & Charles, E. P. (2000). Reconciliation in captive Guyanese Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri sciureus). American Journal of Primatology, 50, 159-167.
Submitted and In Preparation
Charles, E. P. (2010 publication schedule). A New Look at New Realism: E. B. Holt Reconsidered. Piscataway, NJ: Transactions Publishing. --- Edited Book, to appear in History and Theory of Psychology Book Series
Charles, E. P. (In Revision). Clarifying affordances. Ecological Psychology.
Falcon, R. G.,** Ku, Y. L. K.**, Elfenbein, D.**,
Webster, K. L.**, Sokol, R.
Lescak, E.**, Green, J.**, & Charles, E. P. (In Preparation). Physiological and phenomenal responses to adult whining: Evidence for a persistent attachment vocalization system. Evolution and Human Behavior.
Charles, E. P., & Sommer, R. (In Preparation). Ecological Psychology. Entry for Encyclopedia of Human Behavior.
Coss, R. G., Nelson, M.**, & Charles, E. P. (In Preparation). Infant response to evolutionarily important textures. Infancy.
Charles, E. P. (In Preparation). Zeitgeists effects in the founding of Ecological and Humanistic Psychology The Journal of General Psychology
Charles, E. P. (In Preparation). The missing level of Ecology: What Ecological Psychology has to offer the study of animal-environment systems. International Journal of Comparative Psychology.
Charles, E. P. (In Preparation). Expanding cue-use models of behavior: the effects of sampling and measurement error. Animal Behavior.
Charles, E. P. (2009, May). Modeling movements essential to emotion attribution. Paper presented at the Topology Research Group seminar series, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Charles, E. P. (2007, October). The social function of looking in parent-infant interaction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego, California.
Charles, E. P., Barr, S.**,
Trickey, S.**, Charles, E. P., &
Thompson, N. S. (2007, April). Gender-specific responses to individualized
fantasies of unfaithfulness. Poster session presentation for Academic Spree
Simonson, M.**, Hodge, M.**, Eaton, B.**,
Charles, E. P., & Thompson, N. S. (2007, April). Vocal cues of emotion.
Poster session presentation for Academic Spree Day,
Charles, E. P. (2005, November). Moving
towards a functional explanation of looking behavior. Developmental Psychology
Charles, E. P. & Rivera, S. (2005, April).
Five-month-old infants fail to demonstrate equivalent
levels of object permanence mastery for darkness and occlusion. Poster session
presentation for the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child
Charles, E. P. & Coss, R. G. (2005, April). Illustrating the process of science. Poster for special program on Teaching Psychology at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, Georgia.
Charles, E. P. (2004, September). Making ecological psychology more ecological. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Comparative Psychology, Oviedo, Spain.
Charles, E. P. & Thompson, J. S. (2004,
January). SAS Macros. Modeling and Methodological Analysis Colloquium Series,
Charles, E. P. (2003, March). Simulating
confidence intervals: Methodological challenges and insights. Modeling and
Methodological Analysis Colloquium Series,
Charles, E. P. (2002, August). The correction for attenuation. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Comparative Psychology, Chicago, IL.
Charles, E. P. (2002, July). How to inflate
your correlations (and all you need is error). Paper presented at the
Psychology Research Conference,
Charles, E. P. (2001, November). James Gibson
and an evolutionary theory of perception. Animal Behavior Graduate Group
Charles, E. P. (2001, October). BF Skinner on
personality. Social-Personality Area
Charles, E. P.
& Pereira, M. E. (1999, June).
Reconciliation and self-directed behavior in the ringtailed lemur. Poster session presentation at the annual
meeting of the Animal Behaviour Society,