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Jay Dill, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Asheville, NC, US

Jay Dill, Ph.D.

Associate Faculty - Psychology | Fielding Graduate University


Social Psychologist and Consciousness Studies Researcher



Jay Dill earned a degree in social psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997. He teaches courses in the areas of consciousness studies, social and health psychology, research methods, statistics and introductory psychology, and has published in the areas of motivation, attribution, social inference, and aggression.

His current interests focus on the neural correlates of the meditative state along with neurostimulation and neurofeedback techniques toward enhancing the meditative process.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (5)

Research Methods and Statistics

Neural Substrates of Mental States

Consciousness Studies

Social Psychology

Philosophical Topics such as Self and Free Will

Education (3)

University of Missouri-Columbia: PhD, Social Psychology 1997

University of Missouri-Columbia: MA, Social Psychology 1993

University of Alabama at Birmingham: BS, Psychology 1990

Affiliations (3)

  • Lenoir-Rhyne University : Associate Professor
  • Walden University : Part-time Faculty
  • Capella University : Adjunct Faculty

Media Appearances (2)

Traces of Self

Psychology Today  online


If you're like me, it doesn't take much time looking at a cloud to see a duck or at the irregular grain of wood to see a face. In fact, one of the most basic perceptual principles is the gestalt effect (link is external): the grouping of elements together into a familiar, whole form rather than a collection of separate parts...

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Reality (*Some Assembly Required)

Psychology Today  print


Consider an illusion that has the benefit of being unbelievable each time you see it, no matter how many times that is. In the Checkerboard Illusion, the squares labeled A and B are the same color, same shade, same hue, same everything...

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Event Appearances (4)

Portrayal of women in violent video games

(March, 2001) 46th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association  Atlanta, GA.

The effects of violent video game play on perceptions of aggression in human social interactions

(March, 1999) 44th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association,  Savannah, GA.

A speech intensive format for teaching courses in psychology

(May, 1998) 10th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society  Washington, DC.

The effect of emotional valence on the multiplicity of inferences

(July, 1996) 8th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society  San Francisco, CA.

Articles (7)

Within session variability of TMS derived recruitment curves in normal subjects

Clinical Neurophysiology

(2011) Co-authored with: Roberts, D., Borckardt, J., Sola, E., Kroeger, M. & Short, B.

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Violence, Sex, Race, and Age in Popular Video Games: A Content Analysis

American Psychological Association

(October, 2000) This scene is all too typical of what is happening nightly in homes across America. The Duke Nukem 3D video game is the 11th most popular selling PC video game of all time (PC Data Top Games of 1999, 2000). Forty-nine percent of children have a video game player or computer in their bedrooms. Griffith and Hunt reported that 98.7% of the adolescents they studied were video game players...

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Loneliness, shyness, and depression: The etiology and interrelationships of everyday problems in living

The Interactional Nature of Depression: Advances in Interpersonal Approaches

(1999) Topics include: the role of modern society; everyday problems in living (definitions, interrelationships, treatments, prevention); a note on attributional style; shyness (antecedents of shyness, consequences of shyness); loneliness (antecedents of loneliness, consequences of loneliness); depression (antecedents of depression, consequences of depression); and treatment of shyness, loneliness, and depression...

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Video game violence: A review of the empirical literature

Aggression and Violent Behaviour

(1999) The popularity of video games, especially violent video games, has reached phenomenal proportions. The theoretical line of reasoning that hypothesizes a causal relationship between violent video-game play and aggression draws on the very large literature on media violence effects. Additionally, there are theoretical reasons to believe that video game effects should be stronger than movie or television violence effects...

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Social evaluation influence on cardiovascular response to a fixed behavioral challenge: Effects across a range of difficulty levels

Annals of Behavioral Medicine

(December, 1998) Participants performed five memory tasks—ranging in difficulty from very low to very high—under public or private conditions. The publicity and difficulty variables interacted to determine systolic pressure and heart rate responses during performance. Where performance was public, responsiveness on the parameters increased with difficulty to a point and then dropped; where performance was private, responsiveness was relatively low at all difficulty levels. Diastolic pressure responses were configured similarly, although in that case the interaction was not reliable. Findings corroborate and extend results from a previous study, argue against some explanations of those results, and strengthen the case for a recent active coping analysis of cardiovascular audience effects. Findings also strengthen the case for a broader model of effort and cardiovascular response, which has potential for advancing our understanding of a range of phenomena and processes related to behavior and health.

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On thinking first and responding fast: Flexibility in social inference processes

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

(September, 1996) Numerous models of the social inference process have been proposed, but research has not specifically investigated the order in which dispositional and situational information is considered. A paradigm was developed to investigate when people think dispositionally and when they think situationally...

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Behavioral and characterological attributional styles as predictors of depression and loneliness: Review, refinement, and test

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology


(March, 1994) The literature on self-blame and depression reveals 2 interrelated problems. First, although R. Janoff-Bulman's (see record 1981-01320-001) conceptualizations of self-blame are clear, empirical operationalization is difficult and has resulted in approaches that do not capture the richness of the constructs. Second, past research has produced inconsistent findings. A comprehensive literature review revealed that the inconsistencies are related to the method of assessing attributions...

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