Vincent Brown is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Hofstra University. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine. He has held faculty positions at the University of Texas at Arlington, Clarkson University, and the University of Richmond. Dr. Brown is currently on leave from Hofstra, working at the National Science Foundation, where he is serving as a program director for the Perception, Action, and Cognition program in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Dr. Brown is a cognitive psychologist with a background in studying perception and attention. Much of his research involves the development and testing of mathematical and computational models of cognitive processes. For many years, he worked with Paul Paulus at the University of Texas at Arlington in studying the cognitive processes underlying group idea generation (commonly referred to as “brainstorming”). More recently, he has collaborated with Dr. Simona Doboli in the Department of Computer Science at Hofstra, developing a more detailed understanding of the brainstorming process. Dr. Brown also works on research problems in memory and semantic processing.