Laura Getz, PhD

Laura Getz
Phone: (619) 260-2937
Office: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall 114

Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, Cognitive Psychology (2016)
  • M.A., University of Virginia, Cognitive Psychology (2012)
  • B.A., Elizabethtown College, Psychology and Music (2009)

Dr. Laura Getz joins the department in Fall 2019 following a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Villanova University. Dr. Getz will be teaching courses in cognitive psychology and continuing her research program in the areas of language and music perception.

Scholarly Work

Organizing complex perceptual input in real time is crucial for our ability to interact with the world around us, and information received in the auditory modality in particular is central to many fundamental aspects of human behavior (e.g., spoken language, music, sound localization). Dr. Getz’s research takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding auditory perception, with research encompassing speech, cross-modal, and music perception using a combination of behavioral, cognitive neuroscience, and computational modeling approaches. In her work, she seeks to determine to what extent cognitive processes are encapsulated from one another and how perception is influenced by individual and cross-cultural differences, previous knowledge, expertise, and task demands. Dr. Getz is eager to involve students at all stages of the research process.


Dr. Getz has published research articles in journals including Psychological Science, Cognition, Brain Sciences, Music Perception, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, and Acta Psychologica. She is an active member of the Psychonomics Society, Acoustical Society of America, and the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Getz teaches courses on cognition, including Cognitive Psychology and Advanced Research Methods Cognitive Psychology Capstone. She also hopes to teach special topics courses on the Psychology of Music and Language Processing in future semesters.