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J Scott Jordan

Professor and Chair
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Dr. Jordan studies the neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy of cooperative behavior. He produces the Dark Loops Productions channel on YouTube, and is extremely proud of his international comic-book collection.

Current Courses

290.024Special Projects: Research Apprenticeship

392.001Senior Seminar

Teaching Interests & Areas

Learning and Cognition, Perception, Systems Theory, Senior Seminar (Otherland: A gamified approach to understanding the multi-scale 'othering' essential to being).

Research Interests & Areas

Consciousness, Volition, Action-Planning, Intentionality, Wild Systems Theory, Agency and Popular Culture

Book, Chapter

Craig, B., Rahko, S., & Jordan, J. Excavating the Ruins of Tulsa's Greenwood District (2024)
Jordan, J. Wild selves: On the deeply historical, contextual emergence of self-sustaining systems. T. Henley, & M. Rossano (EDs), Psychology and Cognitive Archeology. Routledge (2021): 41-54.
Jordan, J. S. (2018). What lies at the center of the maze? Finding your “self” in a world made for suffering. In T. Langley & W. Goodfriend (Eds.), Westworld psychology: Violent delights. New York: Sterling.
Jordan, J. S. (2018). “Whose mind is it, anyway?” Defending conscious will in a Purple Man’s world. In T. Langley (Ed.), Daredevil psychology: The devil you know (pp. 199-211). New York: Sterling.
Jordan, J. S., Cialdella, V., Schloesser, D. S., & Bai, J. (2018). Forms of bias in cognitive science. Moving beyond perception, action, and cognition. In T. Hubbard’s (Ed.), Spatial biases in perception and cognition (pp. 350-65). Cambridge, England: Cambridge.

Book, Edited

Dzhafarov, E., & Jordan, J. S., Zhang, Ru, & Cervantes, V.  (Eds.). (in press). Contextuality from physics to psychology. Springer: Berlin.

Conference Proceeding

Croker, S., Jordan, J.S., Schloesser, D.S., Cialdella, V., & Dayer. A. (2016). Contextual events and their role in a two-choice Joint Simon task. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, PA: Cognitive Science Society.
Croker, S., Jordan, J. S., Schloesser, D., & Cialdella, V. (2015). The effects of racial similarity and dissimilarity on the joint Simon task. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 489-494). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Creative Works/Broadcast Media

Jordan, J. S., Craig, B., Rahko, S., Carpenter, N. J., & Hunt, S. K. (2022, November 8). Election night live: An extending empathy project event [Video].

Jordan, J. S. (2018). It’s hard work Being No One. Frontiers in Psychology—Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. In J. M. Windt’s (Ed.), Philosophical and Ethical Aspects of a Science of Consciousness and the Self. 9:2632. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02632

Journal Article

Jordan, J. WIld futures: Anticipating artificial anticipatory consciousness. J. S. Jordan & J. Dixon (EDs). Mind and Matter 19.2 (2021): 137-165.
Jordan, J.S., Schloesser, D., Bai, J., & Abney, D. (2018). Multiscale contingencies in individual and joint action. Topics in Cognitive Science, 10(1), 36-54.
Jordan, J. S. (2018). Consciousness and embodiment: The cycle of Holism. Mind & Matter, 16(1), 7-16.
Jordan, J.S., & Vinson, D.W. (2016). Conflicts everywhere! Perceptions, actions, and cognition all entail memory and reflect conflict, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X15002125.


Hunt, S.K., Jordan, J. S., Craig, B., Rahko, S. (2023, May). Extending empathy and trust: Who to let in, who to keep out? Presented at the Civic Leaning and Democratic (CLDE) conference, Boston, MA.   

Jordan, J. S., Carpenter, N. J., Craig, B., & Hunt, S. K. (2020, September). Who watches the Watchmen?: Utilizing Twitter as a cultural space for collectively writing history. Video presented at the annual WaynePop conference, Detroit, MI.

Creating Culturally Responsive Academic Departments. Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference. (2017)
Cialdella, V. T., Wesselmann, E. D., & Jordan, J. S. (2015, July). Ostracism and false memory. Presentation at the Joint Action Meeting, Budapest, Hungary.
Jordan, J. S. & Wesselmann, E. D. (2015, July). The 'self' as embodied others: Implications for the moral aspects of joint action. Presentation at the Joint Action Meeting, Budapest, Hungary.
Examining possible perceptual proxies of flow state.. 55rd Annual meeting of the Psychonomics Society. Psychonomics Society. (2014)
Motor dynamics in a joint action task. Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting. Midwestern Psychological Association. (2014)
What’s in a name? Conceptual factors influence spatial perception during stimulus control. 53rd Annual meeting of the Psychonomics Society. Psychonomics Society. (2012)
Who’s on the brakes? Controlling an event with another leads to changes in spatial perception. 84th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. Midwestern Psychological Association. (2012)
Searching for Perceptual Effects of the Economy of Action in Virtual Space. The forty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The Psychonomic Society. (2008)