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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Lisa R. Fournier

Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1993

Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 233D
Phone: (509) 335-4415
Fax: (509) 335-4050
Website: Attention, Perception & Performance Lab

Classes Taught

  • Psychology 198: Honors Introductory Psychology
  • Psychology 312: Research Methods
  • Psychology 401: History of Psychology
  • Psychology 592: Cognitive Psychology

Research Interests

  • Visual attention
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Action

Dr. Fournier will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2018.

Our lab is presently investigating: 1) feature binding and how perception-based actions (both internally and externally guided action) are represented, 2) the role of attention, memory, and the different brain hemispheres in the formation of action plans, 3) feature conjunction benefits and costs in decision priming, and 4) EEG correlates of mirror neuron activity during learning. Our lab currently utilizes behavioral (reaction time and accuracy) as well as EEG measures. We also have an Educational Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Air Force which has supported the high-tech equipment required to simulate many the real-world visual displays and has allowed us to effectively collaborate with the Air Force Research Lab in Dayton, Ohio.

For more detailed explanation of these research interests and present ongoing projects, please visit the Attention, Perception & Performance Lab.

Selected Publications

* Indicates graduate student, ** indicates undergraduate student

*Behmer Jr., L.P., & Fournier, L.R. (2016). Mirror neuron activation as a function of explicit learning: Changes in mu-event related power after learning novel responses to ideomotor compatible, partially compatible, and non-compatible stimuli.  European Journal of Neuroscience,44, 2774-2785.

Fournier, L.R., *Wiediger, M.D., & *Taddese, E.F. (2015). Action plans can interact to hinder or facilitate reach performance.  Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 77, 2755-2767.  DOI: 10.3758/s13414-015-0959-5.

Fournier, L. R., *Behmer Jr, L.P., & *Stubblefield, A.M. (2014). Interference due to shared features between action plans is influenced by working memory span.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 1524-1529. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-014-0627-0.

Behmer, L.P. Jr., Fournier, L.R.  (2014). Working Memory Modulates Neural Efficiency Over Motor Components During a Novel Action Planning Task:  An EEG Study.  Behavioural Brain Research, 260, 1-7.  DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2013.11.031.

Fournier, L.R., *Gallimore, J.M., & **Feiszli, K. & Logan, G.D. (2014). On the importance of being first:  Serial order effects in the interaction between action plans and ongoing actions.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 163-169.  DOI: 10.3758/s13423-013-0486-0.

Fournier, L.R., & *Gallimore, J.M. (2013). What makes an event: Temporal integration of stimuli or actions?  Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 75, 1293-1305. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-013-0461-x.

Patterson, R.E., Fournier, L.R., Williams, L., Amann, R., *Tripp, L., & Pierce, B.  (2013).  System dynamics modeling of sensory-driven decision priming.  Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 7, 3-25.  DOI:  10.1177/1555343412445474.



Lisa Fournier

Washington State University