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Dr. Lou Manza
Chair & Professor of Psychology

Academic Areas of Expertise:

  • Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Cognitive Science
  • History of Psychology
  • Junk Science & Paranormal Phenomena
  • Independent Laboratory Research
  • Professional Development

Research Topics:

Broadly-speaking, my research interests in psychology focus on cognitive processes. 

One specific line of work is focused on how people come to believe in supernatural phenomena, and whether or not exposure to rational explanations of paranormal events alter individuals’ belief systems; the results of this work have direct applications to educational approaches to scientific literacy. 

Another area of interest is on how individuals approach intellectual tasks (i.e., habits of mind), and persevere (or not) when working to complete such tasks (i.e., grit), and attempting to understand the categorical factors that may underlie the studied traits.

Professional Leadership & Major Awards

Positions & Awards

  • Chair & Professor of Psychology (LVC), 2004-present
  • Who’s Who in America (2008 and 2009)
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers & Educators, 11th Edition (2006-07)

Scholarly Work and Publications


Davis, H., Manza, L., Howard, A., Mogle, A., Schlusser, E., & Cook, M. (2018). Grit in and out of the classroom: Motivations and cognitive habits. Poster presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

Mann, S., Manza, L., Nicolaro, S., Mogle, A., Riutzel, H., & Schlusser, E. (2018). The impact of mindset and grit on writing-based skills and attitudes. Poster presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 

Mogle, A., Manza, L., Howard, A., Nicolaro, S., Davis, H., Riutzel, H., &, Potosnak, A. (2018). Overclaiming & pseudoscience: Correlating self-generated degrees of knowledge and belief towards paranormal phenomena and junk science. Poster presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

Walmer, D. (2018, December 14). Home alone: Isolation imperils Lebanon’s elderly residents, officials warn. Lebanon Daily News. Retrieved from 

This article contained details about risks that people face when living in isolation; my comments focused on balancing introverted tendencies with social contact.

Vozza, S. (2017, August 10).  It’s not just you: These super successful people suffer from imposter syndrome. Fast Company. Retrieved from  

This article contained details about how some people feel inadequate and/or unworthy of their attained status; my comments focused on the need to quiet any internal dialogue surrounding these negative misperceptions.

Manza, L. (2016, April 16). How cults exploit one of our most basic psychological urges. The Conversation. Retrieved from

Manza, L. (2016, April 19). Cults, religion and #ThePath discussed with Psych Prof Lou Manza in 10. Interviewed by Dan Riendeau for Corus Radio Network (Calgary, Canada).

Manza, L. (2015, October 2). Should the voting age be lowered to 16? No. CQ Researcher, 25(35), p. 833. 

Manza, L. (2014, August 7). Criminal misconduct complaints against teachers in PA growing. Member of on-air panel discussion for WITF Radio’s Smart Talk series.

Manza, L., Hilperts, K., Hindley, L., Marco, C., Santana, A., & Hawk, M. V. (2010). Exposure to science is not enough: The influence of classroom experiences on belief in paranormal phenomena. Teaching of Psychology, 37(3), 165-171. 

Manza, L. (2009). Instructor’s manual and test bank for Terry’s “Learning and memory: Basic principles, processes, and procedures (4th Ed.).” Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

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