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Thomas E. Van Cantfort, Ph.D. "Dr. Van"

At FSU since 1990

Dr. Van Cantfort - In the harbor of Cabo San Lucas with his son Jason & daughter Viktoria

Thomas E. Van Cantfort is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Fayetteville State University. He is an evolutionary comparative biopsychologist and teaches undergraduate; statistics, research methods, biopsychology, sensation and perception, and history and systems in psychology. On the graduate level he teaches statistics, research methods, biological aspects of behavior, teaching of psychology, psychobiology of sex differences and Emotions.

Tom received a B. A. in psychology and a M. A. in experimental psychology at San Francisco State University, He earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986 (Academic Genealogy). His area of expertise has been the study of language acquisition in cross-fostered chimpanzees. Tom has worked with Drs. Allen and Beatrix Gardners for over ten years.

Tom is also Co-Principal Investigator on the Yogic Breathing, Testimony and Interpersonal Violence research group.  This research is exploring the effects of yogic breathing and testimony on self-efficacy, depression and various physiological measures such as heart and respiration rate, blood pressure and handgrip in battered women.

Recent Publications:

Wang, P., Yang, Y. P., Tan, C. H., Chen, Q. W., & Van Cantfort, T. E, (2017). Gender stereotype activation versus lexical semantic activation: An ERP study.  The Journal of General Psychology144(4), 1-26. DOI: 10.1080/00221309.2017.131074 [Electronic version: http://dx.doi.irg/10.1080/00221309.2017.1310714]

Van Cantfort, T. E.  (2014). Expanding the multicultural debate: Culture and nonhuman primates. In R. Eddy & V. Villanueva, Jr. (Eds.), A language and power reader: Representations and race in a "post-racist" era, (pp. 206 - 220).  Logan, UT:  Utah State University Press. 

Franzblau, S. H., Echevarria, S., Smith, M., & Van Cantfort, T. E. (2008). Preliminary investigation of the effects of giving testimony and learning yogic breathing techniques on battered women’s feelings of depression. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(12), 1800 - 1808.

Jones, C. B., & Van Cantfort, T. E. (2007). A schema for multimodal communication applied to male Mantled Howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) analysis.  Laboratory Primate Newsletter, 46(2), 10 - 16.

Jones, C. B., & Van Cantfort, T. E. (2007). Multimodal communication by male Mantled Howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in sexual contexts: a descriptive analysis. Folia Primatologica, 78(3), 166 - 185.

Franzblau, S. H., Smith, M., Echevarria, S., & Van Cantfort, T. E. (2006).  Take a breath, break the silence:  The effects of yogic breathing and testimony about battering on feelings of self-efficacy in battered women.  International Journal of Yogic Therapy, 16, 49 - 57.

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