Karen Doyle
Assistant Professor of Psychology

About Me

Professor Karen Doyle is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. She also currently serves as the faculty advisor for the psychology honors society Psi Chi. She previously served as a Visiting Instructor at the College of Wooster. Karen received a B.A. in psychology at Kalamazoo College, M.S. in experimental psychology at Villanova University, and Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Karen's teaching interests include the biological basis of behavior, as well as the introductory and capstone courses in the psychology major. She also teaches neuroscience courses within the psychology major, alternating courses every other year. Her primary research interests include animal learning, behavior and cognition, rule-learning, and invertebrate cognition. She currently maintains an animal cognition laboratory on campus.

Karen resides with her family in the metro Detroit area. In her free time, she enjoys participating in a local hand bell choir along with beekeeping.

  • Office: LA 205
  • Phone: (313) 927-1303
  • Email: kdoyle@marygrove.edu

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative Cognition

  • Abstract Rule Learning

  • Chunking

Research Projects

  • Invertebrate Rule Abstraction


  • Fountain, S. B. & Doyle, K. E. (2012). "Learning by chunking." In N. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. New York/Heidelberg: Springer.


  • BA, Psychology & German, Kalamazoo College

  • MS, Experimental Psychology, Villanova University

  • Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, Kent State University


  • PSY 205: Introductory Psychology

  • PSY 225: Methods in Psychology

  • PSY 245: Introduction to Neuroscience

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