Ben Denkinger

Assistant Professor

Memorial Hall 326
CB 101
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Ben Denkinger

Assistant Professor

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, 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.

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* 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


Selected Scholarship


Block, K., & Denkinger, B. (in preparation). Homophily in Online Dating: The Effects of Political Similarity on Romantic Attraction.

Denkinger, B. (under revision). Subjective time distortions in older adulthood: Evidence for an age-related positivity effect

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(1), 229-239.

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. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

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