Stuart A. Vyse



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Stuart A. Vyse, Joanne Toor Cummings '50 Professor of Psychology

Joanne Toor Cummings '50 Professor of Psychology

Joined Connecticut College: 1986

On leave 2014-2015

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

Specializations
• Psychology of irrational behavior, superstition and belief in the paranormal • Human operant behavior • Theories of choice • Decision-making • Behavior analysis • Developmental disabilities


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.

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. 

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"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