Ben Denkinger

Assistant Professor

Memorial Hall 326
CB 101
612-330-1172
denkinge@augsburg.edu

Ben Denkinger, Ph.D., is a cognitive and biological psychologist specializing in age-related changes in memory and the perception of time. Ben has taught courses in introductory psychology and research methods, as well as in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and the psychology of aging.

Ben directs research on campus for the Augsburg Aging Lab, where students and faculty collaborate to research normal, age-related changes in thinking, memory, and cognition in a variety of experiments. This research lab helps to inform public policy, advance the field of geropsychology, educate members of the community, and develop the skills of our students in experimental settings.

Most recently, he investigated age-related changes in memory for causally-related events using an original stimulus set, eyewitness memory in older adulthood, and how our perception of time’s passage is shaped by a number of factors, including memory and attentional mechanisms, motivational states, normal aging processes, and societal influences.

AUGSBURG Aging Lab

Dr. Denkinger is an active public speaker who presents on age-related changes in cognition, as well as other foundational topics in psychological science. He has presented invited public talks at Alexandria Senior College, The Selim Center for Learning in Later Years at the University of St. Thomas, and at various community organizations, faith-based groups, and senior centers. For more information on speaking engagements, contact him at denkinge@augsburg.edu.

Education

* B.A. Hamline University

* Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Frequently Taught Courses

* PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology

* PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I

* PSY 253 – Aging and Adulthood

* PSY 354 – Cognitive Psychology

* PSY 491 – Advanced Research Seminar

Selected Scholarship

Recent Publications

Denkinger, B. & Kinn, M. (submitted). Own-age bias and positivity effects in facial recognition. Experimental Aging Research.

Denkinger, B. & Koutstaal, W. (2014). A set of 265 pictures standardized for studies of the cognitive processing of temporal and causal order information. Behavior Research Methods, 46, 229 – 239. doi: 10.3758/s13428-013-0338-x

Denkinger, B. & Koutstaal, W. (2009). Perceive-Decide-Act, Perceive-Decide-Act: How abstract is decision learning? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 35, 742 – 756. doi: 10.1037/a0015263.

 

Recent Presentations

Denkinger, B. (2014). Age-related changes in time estimation. Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Denkinger, B. & Koutstaal, W. (2008). Perceive-decide-act, perceive-decide-act: The benefits and costs of previous decisions on object priming. Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Denkinger, B. (2003, April). The Effects of Motivation on Long Time Interval Perception. National Conference of Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, UT.

 

Student Projects & Presentations

Kinn, M.* & Denkinger, B. (2017). Visual scanning techniques and the age-related positivity effect in facial recognition. Midwest Psychology Association, Chicago, IL.

Hillebrand, R.* & Denkinger, B. (2017). Time estimation in a lexical decision task. Midwest Psychology Association, Chicago, IL.

Kanan, A.* & Denkinger, B. (2016). Investigating the Influence of Motivational Traits on Exercise Persistence. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Augsburg College, MN.

Johnson, J.*, Krenz, P*., Denkinger, B. & Steblay, N. (2016). Eyewitness memory procedures in older adulthood. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Augsburg College, MN.

Ross, H.*, Kraft, J.*, Matz, D., & Denkinger, B. (2016). The influence of motivation on attention to temporal feedback. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Augsburg College, MN.

Boyum, A.*, Kraft, J.*, Matz, D. & Denkinger, B. (2015). The influence of motivation on attention to temporal feedback. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Macalaster College, MN.

Allen, M.*, Denkinger, B. & Steblay, N. (2015). Eyewitness memory procedures in older adulthood. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Macalaster College, MN.

Block, K.* & Denkinger, B. (2015). Homophily in relationships: Do politics and race affect romantic relationships? Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Macalaster College, MN.

Mattson, B.* & Denkinger, B. (2014). Victim blame, gender, and sexual orientation. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Bethel College, MN.

Christensen, B.*, Mattson, B.*, Simpson, B.*, Aguilar, J.* & Denkinger, B. (2014). Time warp: How emotional experience influences time perception. Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Bethel College, MN.

*indicates undergraduate student researcher