John Sparrow

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Neuropsychology, B.S.
Psychology Minor
Psychology, B.A.
UNH Manchester
Office 529


Dr. John Sparrow joined UNH Manchester in 1993. He teaches a range of courses from Introduction to Psychology and Statistics to upper-level courses such as Research Methods, Psychobiology and Visual Perception. He inspires his students, as one student commented, “to push beyond where I thought I could go.” His commitment to his students' learning is evident in his course evaluations. Students know they can reach him after class if they have questions and they value the time he takes to prepare his lectures for each class where he makes use of technology to present and access class material. As a teacher, Dr. Sparrow is not hesitant to challenge his students or to engage them in his own research which is centered on the human visual system. Many of his students have been inspired by his classes and his support to continue their study of psychology in graduate school.

In addition to teaching, Sparrow is the author of numerous publications, an active member of the college community and a respected member of the faculty. Since he joined the faculty at UNH Manchester, he has served on more than 20 committees on both the Manchester and Durham campuses of the University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at UNH and his B.S. in Psychology at SUNY Oswego. Prior to joining UNH Manchester in 1993, he held assistant professor and instructor positions at SUNY Geneseo.


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics in Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Visual Perception
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Advanced Cognition (Connectionism)
  • Psychobiology
  • The Great Psychologists
  • Behaviorism
  • Independent Study: Perception


  • Visual Perception of Motion and Depth
  • Effective Use of Demonstrations in College Teaching


  • Eastern Psychological Association



A selection of published works by Professor Sparrow

  • Wells, E., & Sparrow, J. E. (2006). 2D versus 3D orientation discrimination of virtual lines. Proceedings and Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, 77, 29-30.
  • Sparrow, J. E. (2005). Instructor’s manual with tests, to accompany Edward P. Sarafino’s, Research Methods: Using Processes & Procedures of Science to Understand Behavior. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Doucet, L. D., Bedker, P. A., & Sparrow, J. E. (2002). Women in Life science disciplines. Bioscene, 28, 33-39.
  • Sparrow, J., & Fernald, P. (2000). Teaching and demonstrating classical conditioning. In M. E. Ware & D. E. Johnson (Eds.), Handbook of demonstrations and activities in the Teaching Of Psychology (2nd ed.) - Volume 2. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (article reprint)
  • Sparrow, J. E., & Stine, W. W. (1998). The perceived rigidity of eight-vertex geometric forms: Extracting nonrigid structure from rigid motion. Vision Research, 38, 541-556.


  • Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, 1990
  • M.A., University of New Hampshire, 1986
  • B.S., State University of New York at Oswego, 1983