The Ohio State University at Newark

Public Invited to Psychology Reception at Ohio State Newark

Newark, OH, March 28, 2018 – People around the world have marveled at the precise techniques of The Ohio State University marching band or The Bluecoats, a word-class drum corps. Their performances feature spectacular and precisely timed visual displays.

Nestor Matthews, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Denison University. He conducts research on the visual-timing skills needed to create spectacular performances like those exhibited by marching bands and drum corps, and he focuses on the ways that individuals can improve sensory skills through practice.

The Introspect Psychology Club, an Ohio State Newark student organization, invites all students, faculty, staff and community members interested in the study of psychology to a reception featuring Matthews' talk titled, “Visual Perception in a World Class Drum Corps: The Bluecoats.” The reception will be held on April 5 in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, room 126 (performance platform) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Matthews joined the Denison University faculty in 2001, after completing a Ph.D. in psychology at Brown University and a National Institutes of post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University's Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. His research addresses sensory systems, especially vision and hearing, with an emphasis on how sensory skills improve with practice.

Psychology is one of nine majors that can be completed entirely at Ohio State Newark. Areas of study include health, developmental, social, cognitive, applied and human experimental psychology. Psychology students can conduct independent research with a faculty advisor and are invited to present at local, regional and national conferences. For more information, visit

The Warner Center is located at 1219 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055.

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