Tom Armstrong '05

Tom Armstrong ’05



While in the BHS lab, Tom Armstrong worked on projects investigating the structure of affect and the emotional modulation of attention. In addition, he and Brian co-authored a paper on the psychology of aesthetics, recently published in Review of General Psychology. Tom worked as a lab manager at Cornell University before entering graduate school in Clinical Psychology at Vanderbilt University in 2007. Under the guidance of Dr. Bunmi Olatunji, he now conducts eye tracking research on attentional biases in OCD. In particular, he is interested in the differential modulation of attention by fear and disgust in contamination-based OCD. Tom is also interested in the philosophy, history, and sociology of science; he may have pursued graduate school in “Science Studies” were it not for a competing interest in gainful employment.