Stephen Yachanin

Professor of Psychology

What makes Lake Erie College a unique place?

  • The opportunity for our psychology majors to conduct several original psychological research studies, under the close supervision of our psychology faculty, provides a unique experience which gives our students a substantial advantage in graduate school or in the workforce. Students often establish close friendships with their classmates in small, upper-division classes and, consequently, develop important collaborative attitudes toward their colleagues, supporting and helping each other to succeed. Our faculty tailor their guidance and encouragement to meet the unique circumstances and abilities of each psychology major.

Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University (1982)
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University (1980)
  • B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College (1978)

Courses Taught:

  • PS101 – General Psychology
  • PS204 – Statistics
  • PS237 – Human Sexuality
  • PS305 – Psychology of Learning
  • PS325 – Research Methods
  • PS336 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PS400 – Psychology Research Seminar.

Research/Creative Activity Interests:

  • Primary focuses:
    • Logical reasoning
    • Heuristics in reasoning
    • Problem solving

Awards/Professional Memberships:

  • "Excellence in Teaching” Award (2001)
  • "You’re a Gem! President’s Award” (2010)
  • "Advisor of the Year” Psychology Club (2000-2001)
  • "Employee of the Month” (1994)
  • Midwestern Psychological Association

Publications:

  • Janosik, M., Malmberg, M.A., & Yachanin, S.A. (1997, March). Crossing cultures, crossing disciplines: Initiatives in interdisciplinary education. Paper presented at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL.
  • Yachanin, S.A. (1996, March). Broadening faculty approaches to assessing student academic achievement. Paper presented at the 101st Annual Meeting of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL.
  • Kretz, A.P., Janosik, M., & Yachanin, S.A. (1995, March). Mission, assessment, and the self-study: Maintaining warp speed. Paper presented at the 100th Annual Meeting of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL.
  • Yachanin, S.A. (1986). Facilitation in Wason’s selection task: Content and instructions. Current Psychological Research & Reviews, 5(1), 20-29.
  • Tweney, R.D., & Yachanin, S.A. (1985). Can scientists assess conditional inferences? Social Studies of Science, 15(1), 155-173.
  • Allgeier, E.R., Yachanin, S.A., Smith, K.H., & Myers, J.G. (1984, May). Are erotic photographs pornographic, offensive, and/or arousing? Correlations among judgments. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Tweney, R.D., & Yachanin, S.A. (1983, November). Can scientists assess conditional inferences? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, San Diego, CA.
  • Yachanin, S.A. (1983, May). Reasoning from a rule ≠ reasoning about a rule. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Yachanin, S.A., & Doherty, M.E. (1983, May). Statistical and non-statistical cognitive strategies: An alternative explanation of the illusory correlation phenomenon. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Yachanin, S.A. (1983, April). The effects of instruction and content in the four-card selection task. Paper presented at the Seventh Annual Sigma Xi Research Competition, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
  • Yachanin, S.A., & Tweney, R.D. (1982). The effect of thematic content on cognitive strategies in the four-card selection task. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 19(2), 87-90.
  • Yachanin, S.A., & Tweney, R.D. (1981, April). The effect of thematic content on reasoning with negated and non-negated conditional propositions. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Detroit, MI.
  • Tweney, R.D., & Yachanin, S.A. (1980). Titchener’s Wundt. In W. Bringmann & R.D. Tweney, (Eds.), Wundt Studies (pp. 380-395). Toronto: C.J. Hogrefe.

Career Accomplishments:

  • Received the "Excellence in Teaching” award
  • Empirical research in logical reasoning cited in research articles and books
  • Selected as "Visiting Professor” in Statistics at Lansdowne College, London, England
  • Psychology Department achieved 95% graduate school acceptance rate for our psychology majors
  • Created institution-wide assessment program and co-authored two NCA self-studies leading to successful reaccreditation