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J. Scott Jordan
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Scott Jordan’s research focuses on volition and its relationship to consciousness. He received his PhD in cognitive psychology and the neurophysiological basis of perception at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois in 1991. His dissertation addressed the relationship between voluntary eye-movements and spatial perception. In 1992 he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellowship and spent a year in Prof. Dr. Hans Kornhuber’s neurophysiology lab at the University of Ulm in Germany studying the relationship between event-related brain potentials and memory and attention. In 1998-1999 he spent a year at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Germany studying the relationship between action planning and spatial perception, and in 2006, spent a semester as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Bielefeld in Germany working in a research group entitled, “Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines.” He is currently the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois where he is also Director of the Institute for Prospective Cognition (, which he founded in 2008. His empirical research continues to focus on the relationship between spatial perception and action planning, with an increasing emphasis on social influences. He also investigates social perception during interaction and the manner in which these social dynamics influence perceived similarity, use of stereotypes, and desire to reengage. His theoretical work (i.e., Wild Systems Theory) focuses on moving scientific psychology away from the current computational-ecological debate, toward an integrated framework that conceptualizes organisms as embodiments of the phylogenetic, cultural, social, and developmental contexts from they emerged and in which they sustain themselves.


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J. Scott Jordan
Department of Psychology
Illinois State University
DeGarno 435E
Normal, IL 61790-4120

Office: 309-438-2484

2424 American Lane • Madison, WI 53704-3102 USA
Phone: +1 608-441-1070 • Fax: +1 608-443-2474 • Email:

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