Current Position

  • Since 1996, Professor of Psychology, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, USA

Earned Degrees

  • Ph. D. Psychology, Kansas State University, 1984
  • M. S. Psychology, Kansas State University, 1978
  • B.S. Psychology, The University of Iowa, 1973

Recent Service and Special Activities

  • 2011-Present - Faculty Advisor, Cornell Fellows Program
  • 1999-Present - Served as Ad-Hoc Reviewer for the journals Animal Cognition, Animal Learning and Behavior, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Animal Behavior Processes, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • 2012-2013 - Co-Chair, Reaccreditation Committee, Cornell College
  • 2010-2013 - Outside Evaluator, Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa
  • 2009-2012 - Chair, Committee on Student Life, Cornell College
  • 2008-2009 - Chair, Department of Psychology, Cornell College

Recent Presentations and Publications

  • Astley, S. L. & Aird, T.  (2013, November).  Providing outcomes on all trials reduces the Feature Positive Effect.  Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Toronoto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Astley, S. L. and Bouton, M.  (2012, September).  The Long + Effect as demonstrated by humans playing a video game.  Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the International Society for Comparative Psychology and the Spanish Society for Comparative Psychology at the Unversity of Jaen, Jaen, Spain.

  • Astley, S. L. and Spangler, B.  (2010, April).  Incidental learning and change of attitudes.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Associative Learning at the University of Cardiff, Wales.
  • Astley, S. L.  (2007, June).  Priming of object recognition in pigeons.  Invited paper presented at Keio and Chiba Universities in Japan.
  • Astley, S. L., Cutts, E. A., Simpson, S. & Burke, J.  (2003, May).  Priming of object recognition in pigeons.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychology Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Astley, S. L., Peissig, J. & Wasserman, E. A. (2001).  Superordinate categorization via learned stimulus equivalence:  Quantity of reinforcement, hedonic value, and the nature of the mediator. Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Animal Behavior Processes, 27, 252-268.