Amy LeFevre

Real name: 
Amy LeFevre
Instructor, Psychology Department
The Sage Colleges

My Motto:

Be here now.

Be Curious.

Go forward with purpose.


I feel that these three things are crucial to all students’ success in college and beyond. I think they also apply to those of us who are no longer students in school, but would like to remain students in life.



I teach a wide array of undergraduate courses, from introductory psychology to senior seminar. I especially enjoy teaching health, senior seminar, persuasion, and introductory psychology.


Research Interests

I am interested in how observers react to ambiguous physiological responses and the evolutionary inferences of such. I am also interested in the evolutionary implications of how mood affects decision-making.


Current projects

I am currently collaborating with Dr. Don Graves, Dr. Julie Lindenbaum, and students, in studies examining how mood affects decision-making, and how mood and personality attributes affect observer interpretations of an ambiguous physiological response, pupil dilation.



Harrison, M.A., Jones, K., Hughes, S.M., & LeFevre, A.J. (2013). Self Reports of Nipple Erection in Emotional and Somatic Contexts. The Psychological Record, 63, 489-500.

Harrison, M.A., Meister, D.G., & LeFevre, A.J. (2011). Which students complete extra credit work?  College Student Journal, 45(3), 550-555.

Hughes, S.M., Harrison, M.A., LeFevre, A.J., Davis, J., Dispenza, F., Pipitone, R.N., Edelman, A., & Gallup Jr., G.G.(4/2004). Sex Differences in Kissing Behavior. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Conference on Psychology, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.

LeFevre, A.J., Canna, M.A., Blanchard, E.B., & Gallup Jr., G.G. (6/2002). Anxiety as a stimulus for nipple erection. Poster presented at the 14th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.