Tyler Lorig Professor Emeritus

Tyler Lorig


I retired from Washington and Lee University in 2021.  I remain active in olfactory research and matters related to science and public policy.  I am especially interested in the broad application of cognitive and behavioral science to improve health


Post doctoral study, Yale University, 1988
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1983


My research is concerned with understanding the neurophysiological basis of cognition and its evolution. The primitive nature of the olfactory system provides an interesting avenue to this topic. Most of my research involves recording human brain electrical activity as subjects detect or label odors. I also have strong interests in the analysis and visualization of brain activity.


My former teaching roster:

Psych 111: Brain and Behavior
Psych 120: Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Science
Psych 252: Experimental Psychology: Sensation and Perception
Psych 255: Experimental Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience
Psych 280: Science and Public Policy
Psych 352: Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
Psych 355: Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience
Psych 395A The Art and Science of Perfume

Selected Publications

Books and Chapters 

Lorig,T.S. (2016). Respiration. In Handbook of Psychophysiology, 4th. J. Cacioppo et al. (Eds.) New York: Cambridge University Press.

Lorig, T.S. & Dragoin, W. B. (2013). Psychology as a STEM Discipline: Issues and Prospects for Undergraduate Education. Oxford Handbook of Psychology Education, Oxford University Press.

Lorig, T.S. (2011). The effects of expectation and context on odor perception. A whitepaper prepared for the Sense of Smell Institute, New York, New York.

Lorig, T.S. (2010). The perception of odours. In Roberts, David (Ed.) Signals and Perception: The fundamentals of human sensation, 2nd edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lorig, T. (2009). Respiration. In Sander, D. & Scherer, K. (ed.) Oxford companion to emotion and the affective sciences. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 343-344.

Lorig, T.S. (2007). The respiratory system. In J. Cacioppo et al. (eds.) Handbook of Psychophysiology, 3rd. New York: Cambridge University Press pp.231-244.

Published Articles

Lorig, T.S.(2012). Beyond self-report: Brain imaging at the threshold of odor perception. Chemosensory Perception, 5, 46-54.

Small, D. & Lorig, T.S. (2012). Introduction to this Special Issue: Neuroimaging in the Chemical Senses. Chemosensory Perception, 5, 1.

Lorig, T.S.(2009). Introduction to this special issue. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 73, 1-2.

Lorig,T.S. (2009). What was the question? fMRI and inference in psychophysiology. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 17,17-21.

Elmes, D.G. & Lorig,T.S. (2008). Adequacy of control conditions in olfactory experiments. Chemosensory Perception, 1, 247-252.

Lorig, T.S., Rigdon, M., & Poor, A. (2006). Temporal pattern of odor administration alters hemispheric processing in humans. Neuroreport, 17, 231-234.

Ito, T.A., Chiao, K.W., Devine, P.G., Lorig, T.S. & Cacioppo, J.T. (2006). The influence of facial feedback on race bias. Psychological Science.

Lorig, T.S., Malin, E.L., & Horwitz, J.E. (2005). Odor mixture alters neural resources during symbolic problem solving. Biological Psychology, 69, 205-216.