Gregory Koop

Gregory Koop

Office Phone: (540) 432-4428


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 311

Assistant Professor

Psychology Dept and MA in Biomedicine

Gregory Koop is a cognitive psychologist with expertise in recognition memory and judgment and decision making (JDM). His teaching interests cover a variety of introductory and upper level courses, including General Psychology (PSYC 101), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 342, BMS 572), Research in Psychology (PSYC 472), and Research in Psychology: Applied (PSYC 473). Greg is particularly enthusiastic about engaging undergraduate students in research through Research in Psychology and Research in Psychology: Applied. This year long course sequence enables students to design and complete their own research projects or advance ongoing research from his lab.
Greg’s research evaluates how individuals make decisions. Specifically, how do we decide whether or not we’ve met a person before (e.g., Koop, Criss, & Malmberg, 2014), or whether we prefer one picture to another (e.g., Koop & Johnson, 2013)? Models of recognition and preferential choice often assume that people continuously accumulate “evidence” en route to making these decisions, so Greg’s research uses dynamic methods to depict this evidence accrual process. Additional research interests include the moral decision-making process and the impact of reference points (e.g., a goal or a minimum requirement) on an individual’s risk-taking behavior. For Greg’s CV and a full list of publications, please visit his personal site.


Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014)
Memory Modeling Laboratory
Syracuse University; Syracuse, NY

Ph.D., Psychology (2012)
Miami University; Oxford, OH
Dissertation: Beyond process tracing: The validation and application of response dynamics in preferential choice.

M.A. Psychology (2009)
Miami University; Oxford, OH

B.A., Psychology and History (2006)
Goshen College; Goshen, IN

Professional Memberships

Society for Judgment and Decision Making
Psychonomic Society
Virginia Association for Psychological Science (President Elect, 2017)

New Courses Taught

BMC 613: Biomedical Research Design and Statistics (Spring 2016)
BMS 572/PSYC 342: Cognitive Psychology (Spring 2015)
PSYC 473: Research in Psychology: Applied (Spring 2015)
PSYC 101: General Psychology (Fall 2014)
PSYC 341: Cognitive Psychology (Fall 2014)
PSYC 472: Research in Psychology (Fall 2014)

EMU Service

Faculty Senate (2016-2018)
Institutional Review Board (2016-2019)
Psychology Club Advisor (2015-2018)
Admissions Committee for Master’s in Healthcare Management (2016-2017)