Melissa Gregg, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Co-Chair
  • Psychology, Professional Counseling, and Neuroscience Department
  • Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2010
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Melissa Gregg


  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Scene Perception
  • Recognition Memory
Dr. Gregg is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Psychology, Professional Counseling, and Neuroscience department. She also directs the Perception, Cognition, and Neuroscience Lab at Parkside, where she conducts research with several brilliant Parkside students. Her research examines the plasticity of sensory systems, the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying natural scene perception, long-term memory for environmental objects, and the design of human-machine interfaces.

Teaching Interests

Cognitive Neuroscience, Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Research Methods in Psychology, Statistics

Research Interests

My research is concerned with the psychological and neural mechanisms by which human observers process visual and auditory information, including its perception, recognition, and encoding into memory. My research examines how observers perceptually parse complex sensory signals and recognize distinct objects, such as voices and phones ringing, despite difficult, noisy sensory input and limited perceptual and memory systems. My research also tests how closely perceptual representations match the actual physical properties of the world.

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2023: Castor, T., Gregg, M. K., & McBride, M. (2023). Essential Individual and Organizational Decision-Making for Smart Manufacturing, The 19th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (1-6 pp.)

2022: Gregg, M.K. (2022). Brain Computer Interfaces: Taking Thoughts Out of the Human Body, Springer

2019: Gloede, M., & Gregg, M.K. (2019). The fidelity of auditory and visual memory, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review (1325-1332 pp.)

2017: Gloede, M. E., Paulauskas, E., & Gregg, M. K. (2017). Experience and Information Loss in Auditory and Visual Memory, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

2014: Gregg, M. K., Irsik, V. C., & Snyder, J. S. (2014). Change deafness and object encoding with recognizable and unrecognizable sounds., Neuropsychologia (19-30 pp.)

2012: Gregg, M. K., & Samuel, A. G. (2012). Feature Assignment in Perception of Auditory Figure, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance (998-1013 pp.)

2012: Gregg, M. K., & Snyder, J. S. (2012). Enhanced sensory processing accompanies successful detection of change for real-world sounds, NeuroImage (113-119 pp.)

2012: Snyder, J. S., Gregg, M. K., Weintraub, D. M., & Alain, C. (2012). Attention, awareness, and the perception of auditory scenes., Frontiers in Psychology (15 pp.)

2011: Snyder, J. S., & Gregg, M. K. (2011). Memory for sound, with an ear toward hearing in complex auditory scenes., Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics (1993-2007 pp.)

2009: Gregg, M. K., & Samuel, A. G. (2009). The importance of semantics in auditory representations. , Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics (607-619 pp.)

2008: Gregg, M. K., & Samuel, A. G. (2008). Change deafness and the organizational properties of sounds., Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance (974-991 pp.)

Teaching Awards

2023: Stella C. Gray Teaching Excellence Award, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Research/Creative Awards

2013: Research and Creative Activity Award, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
PSYC 200 - Introduction to Neuroscience
PSYC 205 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 250 - Psychological Statistics
PSYC 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 306 - Sensation and Perception
PSYC 325 - Biological Psychology
PSYC 326 - Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 494 - Psychology Internship
PSYC 499 - Independent Study:
UWP 101 - First Yr Sem: Natural/Hlth Sci
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