Teaches: Principles of Psychology (125), Research Methods (230), Cognitive Psychology (237), Frontiers in Aging (340)
Jessica Petok is a lifespan developmental cognitive psychologist who conducts research aimed at understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms of learning, memory and decision-making in healthy adults of all ages, though her primary interests lie in the study of adult development and cognitive aging. She received her BA in Psychology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and her PhD in Psychology (Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience track( from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Professor Petok also did postdoctoral training at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ before joining the faculty at Saint Olaf. Professor Petok teaches courses in aging, cognitive psychology and research methods.