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’s research seeks to bolster our understanding of the many facets of time perception. Most recently, he investigated age-related changes in memory for causally-related events using an original stimulus set. His future research will consider 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.


* B.A. Hamline University

* Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Frequently Taught Courses

* PSY 354 – Cognitive Psychology

* PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I

* PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology

Selected Scholarship

Recent  / Upcoming publications

Denkinger, B. & Koutstaal, W. (submitted). A set of 265 pictures standardized for studies of the cognitive processing of temporal and causal order information. Behavioral Research Methods.

Denkinger, B. & Koutstaal, W. (in preparation). Time Further Out: An investigation of age

related changes in temporal and causal order memory.

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.& 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.

Causal image set supplemental data

Appendix A – Older Adult Recruiting and Exclusion Criteria

Ben Denkinger

Assistant Professor

Memorial Hall 326
CB 101