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Paul Haerich, PhD
Program Coordinator, Psychology, Psychology Program
School of Behavioral Health
Professor, Psychology
Member, Experimental Psychology, SST, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Publications    Scholarly Journals--Published
  • Fugere, M. A., Escoto, C., Cousins, A. J., Riggs, M. L. & Haerich, P. (2008). Sexual attitudes and double standards: A literature review focusing on participant gender and ethnic background.  Sexuality & Culture, 12, 169-182.  DOI: 10.1007/s12119-008-9029-7

    ( 7/2009 )
  • Pearlstein, R. D., Whitten, C., & Haerich, P. (2006). Assessing neurocognitive dysfunction in cranial radiotherapy: Can cognitive event-related potentials help? Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment, 5(2), 109-126.  PMID: 16551131 ( 10/2008 )
  • Gill, M, Haerich, P, Westcott, K, Godenick, K, Tucker, J. "Cognitive performance following modafinil versus placebo in sleep-deprived emergency physicians: A double-blink, randomized, crossover, study." Academic Emergency Medicine 13.2 (2006): 158-165. ( 1/2006 ) Link...
    OBJECTIVES: Modafinil has recently been approved for the treatment of shift work sleep disorder, making it potentially available for shift-working emergency physicians. The authors'' objectives were to determine whether modafinil improved cognitive performance of emergency physicians following overnight shifts and to record symptoms and subjective evaluations of the effect of modafinil on the participants. METHODS: This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study that followed CONSORT guidelines. Participants were assigned to one of two study groups, with study sessions occurring at least seven weeks apart, and received either modafinil or placebo depending on their random allocation. Testing after night shifts included a coding task and an AX version of the Continuous Performance Task, both of which test cognitive function. Participants also completed visual analog scales for three subjective outcomes, and symptoms were elicited. RESULTS: Modafinil facilitated performance on long interstimulus-interval AX trials (F [1, 23] = 6.65, p = 0.1) and marginally reduced errors on AY trials in the Continuous Performance Task (F [1, 23] = 3.59, p = 0.07), suggesting facilitation of sustained attention, cognitive control, and working memory. Additionally, modafinil, compared with placebo, facilitated performance on the coding task at the first session. Subjective data from visual analog scales confirmed that modafinil increased perceived alertness during the simulated patient care sessions but worsened sleep onset when opportunities for sleep arose. CONCLUSIONS: Modafinil increased certain aspects of cognitive function and subjectively improved participants'' ability to attend post-night-shift didactic sessions but made it more difficult for participants to fall asleep when opportunities for sleep arose. PMID: 16436796
  • Haerich, P, Nelson, G A, Pecaut, M. "HZE radiation and dopaminergic modification of startle and prepulse inhibition in mice." Physiology & Behavior 86.1-2 (2005): 103-110. ( 1/2005 )
    C57BL/6 mice were exposed to 5 Gy (28)Si or (56)Fe particle radiation in order to explore the immediate or short-latency effect of exposure to high energy (HZE) particle radiation on dopaminergic modification of acoustic startle and prepulse inhibition. The radiation is representative of the type which would be encountered as galactic cosmic rays during long-duration space flight. The acoustic startle response was elicited with 120 dB white noise and prepulse inhibition of the startle response was produced with 79 dB and 86 dB stimuli presented with a 125 ms onset asynchrony. Startle reactivity was inhibited by (56)Fe radiation but not by (28)Si particles. Apomorphine (3 mg/kg) produced a general inhibition of startle reactivity while haloperidol (1 mg/kg) facilitated it. Apomorphine disrupted prepulse inhibition, but only in animals which were not exposed to radiation. Both (56)Fe and (28)Si radiation exposure attenuated the disruption of prepulse inhibition induced by apomorphine. In contrast, the facilitation of prepulse inhibition induced by haloperidol was not modified by radiation. These data are consistent with a short-latency disruption of dopaminergic systems by HZE particle radiation. We speculate that this disruption may occur as a restriction in the capacity of the dopaminergic system. PMID: 16084538
  • Cohen-Maitre, S A & Haerich, P. "Visual attention to movement and color in children with cortical visual impairment." Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness 13.2 (2005): 389-402. ( 1/2005 ) Link...
    This study investigated the ability of color and motion to elicit and maintain visual attention in a sample of children with cortical visual impairment (CVI). It found that colorful and moving objects may be used to engage children with CVI, increase their motivation to use their residual vision, and promote visual learning.
  • Pecaut, MJ, Haerich, P, Zuccarelli Miller, CN, Smith, AL, Zendejas, ED, & Nelson, GA. "The effect of low-dose, high-LET radiation exposure on three models of behavior in C57BL/6 mice." Radiation Research 162.2 (2004): 148-156. ( 1/2004 )
  • Pecaut, M. J., Zuccarelli, C, N., Haerich, P., Smith, A. L., Zendejas, E. D., & Nelson, G. A.. "Behavioral consequences of radiation exposure to a simulated solar particle event in the C57BL/6 mouse: Open-field, roto-rod, and acoustic startle." Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience 2.4 (2002): 329-340. ( 1/2002 )
  • Haerich, P. "Using airpuffs to elicit the human blink reflex." Behavioral Research Methods, Intrumentation and Computers 30. (1998): 661-666. ( 1/1998 )
  • Haerich, P. "Long-term habituatiojn and sensitization of the human acoustic startle response." Journal of Psychophysiology 11. (1997): 103-114. ( 1/1997 )
  • Haerich, P.. "Startle reflex modification: Effects of attention vary with emotional valence." Psychological Science 6.5 (1994): 407-410. ( 1/1994 )
  • Haerich, P. "Premarital sexual permissiveness and religious orientation: A preliminary investigation." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 31. (1992): 361-365. ( 1/1992 )
  • Haerich, P. & Berg, W. K.. "Cutaneously focused attention facilitates the reflex blink." Proceedings of the European Psychophysiology Conference . (1991): -. ( 1/1991 )
  Books and Chapters
  • Cohen, A, Burley, T, & Haerich, P.. Smallest space analysis of the Back Depression Inventory among depressed and non-depressed respondents. Prague: Matfyz, 2001. ( 1/2001 )