Grayden Solman, Faculty, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Grayden Solman

Assistant Professor
Office: Sakamaki D405
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8107
Email: grayden@hawaii.edu


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Background

I once held the view that biology was just chemistry, chemistry was just physics, and physics was just math. Only as I began to work towards a degree in Mathematics did I come to realize the profound limitations in this view, and the incredible wealth of insights and fascinating questions available in the other branches of science. My reappraisal culminated with Psychology, where I was captivated by the rich complexity and dynamics of the brain, and the nearly limitless range of behaviours this incredible structure is able to produce. I switched my focus entirely, and since then have been focused on studying this remarkable system, and working to impart to my students the same wonder it evoked in me.

Education

  • PhD, Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Waterloo (Canada), 2012
  • MA, Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Waterloo (Canada), 2009
  • BA, Honours Psychology, University of Waterloo (Canada), 2007

Courses

  • PSY 225: Statistical Techniques
  • PSY 230: Introduction to Psychobiology
  • PSY 336: Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 429: Experimental Psychology: Advanced Topics
  • PSY 439: Psychobiology: Advanced Topics
  • PSY 721: Seminar in Experimental Psychology

Research

During our everyday lives, we interact with hundreds of individual physical objects – everything from phones to forks, pencils to sunglasses, keys to usb drives. Every one of these objects needs to occupy space in the environment, and our moment to moment decisions about where to put things can have significant impacts on our later behaviours. I use a combination of eye-tracking, virtual reality, and interactive computer tasks to explore how the arrangement of objects in space influences search, action, and decision-making. My work emphasizes the active and cyclical aspects of naturalistic behaviour, noting that our actions are not only influenced by the organization of space, but also routinely alter that organization. These cycles exhibit rich dynamics but remain poorly understood.