Professor of Psychology
Education and Background
Patrick Ament received his B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Experimental Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. His areas of concentration include Neurocognition, Psychophysiology, and Sensation-Perception. Prior to joining the faculty in 1995, Dr. Ament served as a Research Health Science Specialist and as the Behavioral Medicine Research Laboratory coordinator examining cognitive and perceptual processes in spinal cord injured patients at the Long Beach VA Medical Center in Long Beach, California. He is a member of the Association for Psychology (APS) and Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN). In addition, Dr. Ament has served as reviewer for a number of new textbooks and professional journals.
Dr. Ament teaches undergraduate courses in Research Design and Analysis I and II, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Physiological Psychology, Sensation-Perception, and Cognitive Psychology as well as the graduate Biological Basis of Behavior course.
Dr. Ament engages in active, ongoing research examining the impact of undetected visual deficits on a variety of psychological, neuropsychological, personality, and academic factors. In addition, his research also addresses human categorization memory processes in the area of cognitive psychology. Most of Dr. Ament’s research activities are conducted in the department’s Neurocognition/Vision laboratory. The laboratory houses modern vision assessment equipment; specialized equipment and computer software for acquiring and analyzing brain activity (EEG), and state-of-the-art computers and software capable of a wide variety of stimulus presentation and data analysis tasks including divided visual field tasks used to examine cerebral hemispheric (Left Brain-Right Brain) differences. He has collaborated with faculty in the Psychology department, other departments on campus, investigators at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and professionals in private practice in the Warrensburg area and in Kansas City. Dr. Ament regularly includes interested students in his research activities and many students have been coauthors in numerous professional presentations and journal publications. He also regularly serves as a research mentor for students in the UCM McNair program and has also served as a mentor for UCM Honors program students.