Michael A. Kisley, PhD

Michael Kisley



Department Chair, Professor 
Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania, 2000
Area: Attention, Emotion, Neuroscience
Office: Columbine Hall 4013
Phone: (719) 255-4177
Email: mkisley@uccs.edu
Director, Human Neurophysiology Laboratory

*The Psychology Department Chair is responsible for managing all program, personnel, and fiduciary aspects of the department by providing collegial leadership, direction, and vision and serving as communication link among students, staff, faculty, and administration.

Professor Mike Kisley teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience for the UCCS Psychology Department. He was selected in 2011 for the campus-wide UCCS Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2013 for the College of LAS Research and Creative Works Award. Dr. Kisley directs the UCCS Human Neurophysiology Laboratory. In addition to serving the Psychology Department as chairperson, Dr. Kisley serves as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and grant review panels including the National Institutes of Health.

Professor Kisley joined the UCCS Psychology Department in 2002 after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado at Denver, and a simultaneous appointment to the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. He earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2000, and Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992 and 1994 respectively.

Dr. Kisley's research interests are broad but most recently have centered around the study of emotion and attention functions across the lifespan, and particularly the interaction of these important psychological functions. Dr. Kisley and his students employ both behavioral and neuroscience methodologies to study these issues.

To learn more about Dr. Kisley’s research program please visit the UCCS Human Neurophysiology Lab webpage.

Research Areas:

Attention, emotion, neuroscience, adult development, relationship attachment style, attraction, and event-related brain potentials (ERPs).

Representative Publications:

Rehmert, A.E., & Kisley, M.A. (2013) Can older adults resist the positivity effect in neural responding: The impact of verbal framing on event-related brain potentials elicited by emotional images. Emotion, 13, 949-959.

Chavis, J.M., & Kisley, M.A. (2012) Adult attachment and motivated attention to social images: Attachment-based differences in event-related brain potentials to emotional images. Journal of Research in Personality 46: 55-62.

Morgan, L.K., & Kisley, M.A. (2014) The effects of facial attractiveness and perceiver's mate value on adaptive allocation of central processing resources. Evolution & Human Behavior, 35: 96-102.

Foster, S.M., Davis, H.P., & Kisley, M.A. (2013) Brain responses to emotional images related to cognitive function in older adults. Psychology & Aging, 28, 179-190.