Adam Putnam teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Memory and Cognition, and Research Methods and Statistics. Dr. Putnam’s research explores human memory with a focus on questions that have real world applications, such as how memory science can be used to improve education, how false memories are formed, and how groups of people form memories that shape their group’s identity.
Dr. Putnam’s interests in psychology (and the liberal arts!) began at Earlham College, a small school in Indiana. After graduating, Dr. Putnam worked for two years as Assistant to the President at Earlham, and then went to Washington University in St. Louis where he conducted research on human learning and memory. After earning his PhD, Dr. Putnam spent three years as a visiting professor at Carleton College and joined the Furman faculty in 2018.
Dr. Putnam has always wanted to teach at a liberal arts school, and Furman is a perfect fit: a place where the students form close relationships with the faculty, and where classes and research connect to other disciplines and the real world. Dr. Putnam is looking forward to working with Furman students in the classroom and doing research with them on how people learn and remember.
When he isn't teaching or in the lab, Adam is probably working out, doing yoga, or spending time with his wife, Sara. Adam is also an accomplished magician -- during graduate school he worked as a professional magician and mind-reader (he occasionally does magic in class).