Brian A. Sundermeier

Associate Professor of Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Sundermeier teaches courses in statistics, research methods and cognitive psychology. His research interests include understanding how people solve insight problems, the psychology of human-nature interaction, language processing, reading comprehension and replicating high-profile psychology research studies.


  • Ph.D., Cognitive and Biological Psychology - University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
  • B.A., Mathematics and Psychology - St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Prior Positions

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (2008-2014)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Williams College, Williamstown, MA (2005-2008)


  • Sanchez, C., Sundermeier, B., Gray, K., & Calin-Jageman, R. J. (2017). Direct replication of Gervais Norenzayan (2012): No evidence that analytic thinking decreases religious belief. PLOS ONE, 12(2), e0172636.

  • Virtue, S., & Sundermeier, B. (2016). What Can Neuroimaging Research Tell Us About Inference Generation during Text Comprehension?: Neuroimaging and Inferences. Language and Linguistics Compass, 10(6): 257-271.