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Dr. Caridad F Brito, Professor

Office: 3139 - Physical Science
Phone: 217-581-2219

Dr. Brito obtained her doctorate in Experimental Psychology (with emphasis in cognitive processes, visual perception in the elderly, and psychophysics) from the University of Iowa in 1994. She completed a two year National Institute on Aging fellowship on aging while working in Dr. Michael Wall’s Visual Field Lab in the Neuro-ophthalmology Dept at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

At EIU since 1996, she regularly teaches Introductory Psychology, History of Psychology, Research Methods, Language Development, and, Psychological Processes in the Aged,and has mentored over 50 undergraduate researchers and graduate theses. She has research interests in perceptual and cognitive interactions, understanding perceptions toward older adults, cognitive processes in the elderly, and various multi-cultural issues. She served as a statistical and research consultant in visual perception for over a decade, and now routinely serves as a research and statistical consultant to members of the EIU community and graduate students, assisting primarily with design and analyses of surveys.

Although experienced with many parametric and non-parametric statistical tests, her expertise is in analysis of variance and understanding sources of variability in data sets.

Frequently Taught Courses

Research Methods, Introduction to Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, Language Developoment, Psychological Processes of the Aged, Sensation and Perception


B.A., Florida International University, 1986
M.A., University of Nevada at Las Vegas, 1989
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1994

Professional Organizations

Association for Psychological Science (APS)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Division 20: Adult Development and Aging
Division 26: Society for the History of Psychology
Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues
Gerontological Society of America (GSA)


Attitudes toward Aging and various other Gerontology topics, Perceptual and Cognitive Interactions, Diversity and Multi-Cultural Issues

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