Stuart A. Vyse

Joanne Toor Cummings '50 Professor of Psychology

Joined Connecticut College: 1986

On leave 2014-2015

B.A., M.A., Southern Illinois University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Rhode Island


Psychology of irrational behavior, superstition and belief in the paranormal

Human operant behavior

Theories of choice


Behavior analysis

Developmental disabilities

Vyse’s latest book Going Broke: Why Americans Can’t Hold On To Their Money (Oxford, 2008) is an analysis of the current epidemic of personal debt. An updated version of Believing in Magic was released in 2013.

Vyse's first book, Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition, (Oxford University Press, 1997)  has been published in Japanese and German and received the 1999 William James Book Award.

Visit the psychology department website.

"My most important advice for students: Ask questions. There are few certainties in life, and the only way to separate information from misinformation is to probe the logic and evidence behind the things you hear."- Stuart Vyse

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Mailing Address

Stuart A. Vyse
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320