Professor Stewart received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Nevada in 1995. His graduate research focused on speech perception and spoken word recognition. From 1995-1998 he worked as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego. While there, his research was in the area of psycholinguistics with a focus on real-time segmentation of the speech stream, as well as comprehension of spoken figurative language. In 1998 he defected from his native California to join the Willamette faculty. His current research focus is on the perceptual and cognitive processes of synesthetes, individuals with a unique neurological condition wherein distinct colors are associated with specific digits and letters. Dr. Stewart has a longstanding passion for teaching, having taught several sections of introductory psychology, research methods, statistics, sensation and perception, and neuroscience. His wife, Lisa, is a school psychologist and together they raise their four children, Samuel, Emily, Noah, and Benjamin.