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Dr. David Boynton teaches Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, Psychology and Law, and History and Issues.


His area of research includes the psychology of judgment and decision making. He is especially interested in intuition and the interaction between reason and the adaptive unconscious. Although he is sympathetic to advocates of "gut feelings" in decision making, he nevertheless finds the limitations of intuitive judgment to be deeply troubling.


Dr. Boynton earned his PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Maine in the summer of 1995, after which he began a two-year post-doctoral traineeship with the Quantitative Division of the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. At the UIUC, he taught statistics, and began specializing in judgment and decision-making. After leaving the UIUC, Dr. Boynton taught psychology at Western Connecticut State University for 4 years before coming to Saint Michael's College in the fall of 2001.

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