About Me

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Boise State University. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Georgia, where I also received a M.S. in Psychology in the Neuroscience and Behavior program. Before that, I received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy from Washington State University.

Brian W. Stone
Brian W. Stone

I am a cognitive psychologist and have broad interests in that field. I have done research on visual, haptic, and multisensory mechanisms in the use and tracking of objects/limbs; tool use in human and non-human primates; congenital aphantasia (lack of mental imagery); artificial intelligence; misinformation and belief formation; and the scholarship of teaching and learning, especially in relation to A.I. and to visual impairment and accessibility. My work has been supported by organizations such as the Association for Psychological Science and Teach Access through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and I’m a member of communities of practice like DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Tech).


I regularly teach courses such as Cognitive Psychology, Perception, Learning, Statistics, Research Methods, and General Psychology. I have also developed special topics courses such as Perception, Design, and Accessibility (in the College of Innovation and Design) and a course called Mind, Body, and Action, and I have taught a graduate-level seminar on teaching psychology.

The lectures for many of my classes can be found online for free at https://www.youtube.com/@thecognitivepsychologist

Teaching Award, 2024


The content and opinions expressed on this personal website do not reflect the views of, nor are they endorsed by, Boise State University. This is a personal blog and I am not in any way speaking for my employer. I will not reply directly to anything BSU-related on this website (if you’re a student wanting to work with me, contact through official channels). I don’t run ads or receive any compensation for the writing here.

My thinking is always a work in progress, and so any writing here should be treated the same. I process ideas by writing them out, but that writing will never capture thoughts with anything approaching perfect fidelity, and even if it did, that would only represent one side of my thoughts at that one point in time. I am proud to be someone who is often wrong and who is willing to update ideas and beliefs based on new information. So I expect plenty of what I write to end up being wrong but to become slightly less wrong over time.