Jeffrey Mounts

Professor of Psychology
Bailey 146

Member of the Geneseo faculty since 1996

Office Hours

  • Spring 2024 Office Hours
    • Tuesday: 11:00-12:00
    • Thursday: 11:00-12:00
    • Or by appointment

Research Interests

Jeff Mounts' research examines how attention modifies visual processing.  His lab utilizes psychophysical techniques to explore topics such as how attention influences the competition between objects for representation in the visual system and how attention impacts processing along the magnocellular and parvocellular visual pathways.

For more information, view Jeffrey Mounts' Curriculum Vitae.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensation & Perception
  • Advanced Research Methods:  Attention & Emotion
  • Attention
Portrait of Jeff Mounts

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Purdue University, 1995
    M.A., Cognitive Psychology, Purdue University, 1993
    B.A., Psychology, The College of Wooster, 1990

Selected Publications

  • McCarley, J.S. & Mounts, J.R.W. (2017). Competitive selection and age-related changes in visual attention. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26, 191-196.

    Mounts, J.R.W. & Edwards, A.A. (2017). Attentional breadth and trade-offs in spatial and temporal acuity, Visual Cognition, 24:7-8, 422-433.

    Hilimire, M.R., Mounts, J.R.W., Parks, N.A., & Corballis, P.M. (2010). Event-related potentials dissociate effects of salience and space in biased competition for visual representation. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12677.

    Kirsh, S. J., & Mounts, J. R. W. (2007). Violent video game play impacts facial emotion recognition. Aggressive Behavior, 33, 353-358.

    Mounts, J. R. W. (2000). Evidence for suppressive mechanisms in attentional selection: Feature singletons produce inhibitory surrounds. Perception & Psychophysics, 62, 969-983.


  • PSYC 225: Intro to Cognitive Psychology

    The human organism possesses a complex system of mental abilities--including perceiving, remembering, language, problem solving, reasoning, and decision making--through which it acquires, organizes, and utilizes knowledge of the environment. Cognitive psychology is the study of this sophisticated processing system.

  • PSYC 452: Topic: Attention & Emotion

    A selected-topic seminar that integrates, at an advanced level, a particular content area with its appropriate literature, research methods, and statistics. In the course of study of the selected issue, students review literature, design research, collect data, analyze and interpret results, and produce both oral and written reports.