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Dr. Kent D. Bodily

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Phone: (334) 833-4543
Office: Flowers 322


  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Behavior Analysis Certification Board, Littleton, Colo.
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, Purdue University Global, Department of Psychology
  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Auburn University
  • Master of Science, Experimental Psychology, Auburn University
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Utah State University, Magna Cum Laude


Dr. Kent D. Bodily joined the Huntingdon College faculty in 2023. He served as president of the Southeastern Society Association for Behavior Analysis in 2022 and taught on the faculty of Alabama State University and Georgia Southern University before stepping into the role of clinical director for Growing Independence Behavioral Services (GIBS), the Learning Tree, in Montgomery.


  • Southern, R. A, Bodily, J. S, Bodily, K. D, & Locker, L. (2022). Perceptions and Probabilities: Influence of Increased Options on Performance Generalization Across Two Variations of the Monty Hall Dilemma. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 35. Retrieved from
  • Bodily, J. S., Edwards, V. M., Bond, S. R., Jasmer, J. A., Southern, R. A., & Bodily, K. D. (2020). Human choice predicted by obtained reinforcers, not by reinforcement predictors. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01631
  • Sturz, B. R., Bell, Z. K., & Bodily, K. D. (2018). Environmental scaling influences the use of local but not global geometric cues during spatial reorientation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44(7), 1159-1166. DOI:10.1037/xlm0000510
  • Bodily, K. D., Sullens, D. G., Price, S. J., & Sturz, B. R (2018). Testing Principal- versus Medial-Axis Accounts of Spatial Reorientation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 44(2), 209-215. DOI:10.1037/xan0000162
  • Sturz, B. R., Boyer, T. W., Magnotti, J. F., & Bodily, K. D. (2017). Do Eye Movements During Shape Discrimination Reveal an Underlying Geometric Structure? Animal Behavior & Cognition, 4(3), 267-285. DOI:10.26451/abc.
  • Sturz, B. R., & Bodily, K. D. (2016). Detecting the perception of illusory spatial boundaries: Evidence from distance judgments. Cognition, 146, 371-376. DOI:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.10.015
  • Forloines, M. R., Bodily, K. D., & Sturz, B. R. (2015). Evidence consistent with the multiple-bearings hypothesis from human virtual landmark-based navigation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 488. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00488
  • Sturz, B. R., Kilday, Z. A., & Bodily, K. D. (2013). Does Constraining Field of View Prevent Extraction of Geometric Cues for Humans During Virtual-Environment Reorientation? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 39, 390- 396.
  • Bodily, K. D., Kilday, Z. A., Eastman, C. K., Gaskin, K. A., Graves, A., Roberts, J. E., & Sturz, B. R.* (2013). Beacons and surface features differentially influence the use of global and local geometric cues for human reorientation. Behavioural Processes, 93, 71-81.
  • Sturz, B. R., Gaskin, K. A., & Bodily, K. D. (2013). Overtraining and the use of feature and geometric cues for reorientation. Psychological Research, 77, 176-182. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-011-0410-z
  • Bodily, K. D., Daniel, T. A. & Sturz, B. R. (2012). The Roles of Beaconing and Dead Reckoning in Human Virtual Navigation. Learning and Motivation, 43, 14-23.
  • Sturz, B. R. & Bodily, K. D. (2012). On discriminating between geometric strategies of surface-based orientation. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00112
  • Sturz, B. R., Kilday, Z. A., Bodily, K. D., & Kelly, D. M. (2012). No Evidence That Consistent Auditory Feedback Facilitates Learning Spatial Relations Among Locations. Behavioural Processes, 90, 198-203.
  • Sturz, B. R., Forloines, M. R. & Bodily, K. D. (2012). Enclosure size and the use of local and global geometric cues for reorientation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 270-276.
  • Bodily, K. D.*, Eastman, C. E., & Sturz, B. R.* (2011). Neither by Global nor Local Cues Alone: Evidence for a Unified Orientation Process. Animal Cognition, 14, 665-674. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-011-0401-x
  • Sturz, B. R. & Bodily, K. D. (2011). Is Surface-Based Orientation Influenced by a Proportional Relationship of Shape Parameters? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 848- 854. DOI:10.3758/s13423-011-0111-z
  • Sturz, B. R. & Bodily, K. D. (2011). Of global place or perceived space? Comment on Kelly et al. Biology Letters, 7, 647-648. DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0216
  • Sturz, B. R., Cooke, S. P. & Bodily, K. D. (2011). Solving for Two Unknowns: An Extension of Vector-Based Models of Landmark-Based Navigation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37(3), 368-374. DOI: 10.1037/a0022938
  • Sturz, B. R.*, Gurley, T., & Bodily, K. D.* (2011). Orientation in Trapezoid-Shaped Enclosures: Implications for Theoretical Accounts of Geometry Learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37(2), 246-253. DOI: 10.1037/a0021215
  • Sturz, B. R. & Bodily, K. D. (2010). Encoding of Variability of Landmark-Based Spatial Information. Psychological Research, 74, 560-567. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-010-0277-4
  • Sturz, B. R., Bodily, K. D., Katz, J. S., & Kelly, D. (2009). Evidence against integration by humans: Generality across search tasks. Animal Cognition, 12, 237-247.
  • Nakamura, T., Wright, A. A., Katz, J. S., Bodily, K. D., & Sturz, B. R. (2009). Abstract Concept Learning Carryover Effects from the Initial Training Set in Pigeons (Columba livia). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 123, 79-89.
  • Sturz, B. R., Bodily, K. D., Katz, J. S. (2009). Dissociation of Past and Present Experience in Problem Solving Using a Virtual Environment. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 12, 15-19.
  • Katz, J. S., Bodily, K. D., & Wright, A. A. (2008). Learning Strategies in Matching to Sample: If-then and Configural Learning by Pigeons. Behavioural Processes, 77, 223-230.
  • Bodily, K. D., Katz, J. S., & Wright, A. A. (2008). Set-size Expansion in Matching-to sample with Pigeons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 34, 178-184.
  • Katz, J. S., Wright, A. A., & Bodily, K. D. (2007). Issues in the Comparative Cognition of Abstract-Concept Learning. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 2, 79-92.
  • Sturz, B. R., Bodily, K. D & Katz, J. S. (2006). Evidence against Integration of Spatial Maps in Humans. Animal Cognition, 9(3), 207-217.


  • Bodily, K. D. (2017). Reductionism and Accounts of Cognitive Dissonance. Animal Sentience, 12(10).


  • Steirn, J. N., Bodily, K. D., & Sturz, B. R. (2015). Comparative Psychology. In J. G. Irons & R. L. Miller (Eds.) Academic advising: A handbook for advisors and students.
  • Sturz, B. R., Bodily, K. D., Hernández, M., Schmidtke, K & Katz, J. S. (2008). Animal Cognition. In S. F. Davis & W. Buskist (Eds.) 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook.
  • Katz, J. S., Sturz, B. R, Bodily, K. D., & Hernández, M. (2006). Independent study: A conceptual framework. In W. Buskist & S. F. Davis (Eds.) Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology. Malden, MA: Blackwell.


  • 2022, President, Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis
  • 2020, Safe Space Certification, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Georgia Southern University.
  • 2015, Teaching and Developing Online Courses certification. Georgia Southern University, Centers for Teaching and Technology.
  • 2013, Award of Distinction in Service (nominated). College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University.
  • 2011, Online Course Development Training Certification. Center for Online Learning, Georgia Southern University.
  • 2007, Graduate Travel Award, Auburn University Graduate School.
  • 2006, Graduate Student Research Productivity Award, Auburn University Department of Psychology.
  • 2006. Graduate Travel Award, Auburn University Graduate School.
  • 2006, Teaching Fellow, Auburn University College of Liberal Arts.
  • 2005, Graduate Travel Award, Auburn University Graduate School.
  • 2004, Graduate Travel Award, Auburn University Graduate School.
  • 2003, Graduate Travel Award, Auburn University Graduate School.
  • 2002, Graduate Travel Award, Auburn University Graduate School.


Academics, Psychology

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