Christopher Mark Wessinger

  • B.S., psychology, University of Florida, 1987
  • Ph.D., neuroscience, University of California, 1995

"My passion for teaching comes from the enjoyment I get by asking and answering interesting questions about how the brain is involved in human behavior. Helping others learn about brain-behavior relations is even better. Knowing that others are having fun while learning is the best part!

"I initially brought my passion and interest to my face-to-face classes, and now that I am teaching exclusively distance education classes, I strive to communicate my passion and interest online. Another interest of mine is to understand why different people have different learning preferencs. There are numerous learning techniques and styles for a wide range of students. Given my neuroscience background I prefer to link these preferences to basic cognitive and perceptual processes. That is, I work to incorporate pictorial, orthographic, auditory and motoric (POAM) learning opportunities into my teaching.

"All of this has led to my current philosophy of trying to enhance students' learning using brain-based learning style techniques. By relating course topics to real life experiences, and through application of course material, this can be accomplished on a course-by-course, and sometimes student-by-student, basis. Underlying this approach is my view that learning is a lifelong process and that all experiences can be learning experiences."

Christopher Mark Wessinger | General education professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Junior Faculty Research Grant, University of Nevada, 2006; Instructional Enhancement Grant, University of Nevada, 2004; Paul H. Roads Professional Development Award, Gettysburg College, 2002; McDonnell-Pew Graduate Fellowship; Dartmouth College, 1990; B.S. with High Honors, University of Florida, 1987


American Psychological Society, American Psychological Association, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Society for Neuroscience

Previous Positions

Online teaching experience: Charter Oak State College, New Britain, Connecticut; Northcentral University, Prescott, Arizona; University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut; University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona; on-ground teaching experience: University of Nevada, Reno; Gettysburg College; Dartmouth College

Publications and presentations


  • Wessinger, CM, Lenzi, KM, VanMeter, J (2006). Modal and Amodal Processing is Task- and Modality-Specific. Cognitive and Motor Control Workshop II Proceedings, 1, p 13.
  • Wessinger CM, Gazzaniga MS. (2005). Blindsight: Hypotheses and Clinical Implications. Disorder of Visual Processing (GG Celesia, ed.), Volume 6, of the Clinical Neurophysiology Handbook Series (J Daube & F Mauguire, eds.), Amsterdam: Elsevier, p441-450.
  • Wessinger CM, Fendrich R, Gazzaniga MS. (2005). Cognitive Neuroscience: What is it and Why? Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 3rd edition (on CD-ROM). (Adelman G and Smith BH, eds.), Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Wessinger CM. (2002). The Mind. In Psychology, Volume 2: The Brain and the Mind . London, UK: Grolier/Brown Partworks.

Conference presentations

  • Yamaguchi T, Wessinger CM. (2007) Diluted face prototype effect shifts when lateralized.. presented at Society for Neuroscience, 32.
  • Bevans R, Sharma S, Clapham E, Karst A, Wessinger CM. (2007) Investigating contextual cues on gender identification of babies. presented at Society for Neuroscience, 32.
  • Wessinger CM, Clapham E, Karst A, Kainerstorfer J, Medvedev A, VanMeter J. (2007) Cross-form priming and attentional blink investigations of modal and amodal picture processing. Human Brain Mapping Meeting, June 2007, p. 408,
  • Karst A, Clapham E, Kainerstorfer J, Medvedev A, VanMeter J, Wessinger CM, (2007) Investigating the Relationship Between the Attentional Blink Effect and Increased Task Load Using Real World Pictures. Presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, May 2007, p 198.
  • Clapham E, Karst A, Kainerstorfer J, VanMeter J, Wessinger CM. (2007) Investigating Conceptual and Perceptual Picture Processing with Cross-Form Priming. Presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, May 2007, p 288.
  • Bevans R, Sharma S, Clapham E, Karst A, Wessinger CM. (2007) Who Knows Baby Best? Investigating Gender Identification in Babies. Presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, May 2007, p 267.
  • Wessinger CM, Clapham E, Boswell T. (2006). Name and Image agreement and perceptual and conceptual priming for easily nameable, full color, real world pictures. presented at Society for Neuroscience, 31, #663.
  • Yamaguchi T, Tanoue R, Fujita JA, & Wessinger CM. (2006). Exploring racial differences in face prototype formation and utilization. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.