I was the first cognitive psychologist at Texas A&M University, arriving in 1980, and I have built the cognitive psychology area, both in terms of students (we now have a Ph.D. program) and faculty (we now have seven faculty in the cognitive area). I have also had a founding and continuing role in ARMADILLO, the cognitive psychology society of Texas and the Southwest since 1990. With my colleagues Tom Ward and Ron Finke, I helped define the creative cognition paradigm, an approach to the studies of both cognitive science and creativity. I am the Coordinator of Research for the Texas A&M University Institute for Applied Creativity, an interdisciplinary entity that encourages, supports, and oversees work in creative studies. I continue to work on interdisciplinary research projects with mechanical engineers, business school researchers, and computer scientists.
I have developed methods for examining aspects of the creative process in laboratory research, and results on blocked, recovered, and false memories. My experimental work on context-dependent memory influenced techniques that are used forensically to enhance eyewitness memory. My interdisciplinary work connects creative cognition to activities in engineering design, business, and computer science.