Psychology students have a number of unique opportunities that enhance their academic experience, including:
- Individualized student/faculty research experiences in psychology.
- Internships and volunteering in counseling, educational and correctional settings.
- Participation in local, regional or national scientific conferences in psychology.
The department's facilities include laboratories for conducting research on a variety of psychological topics.
Psychological Statistics Laboratory
The Psychological Statistics Laboratory serves as a research laboratory for Dr. Susan Mason and her independent study and honors students. The Psych Stats Lab also provides statistics tutoring and peer support for research, graduate school preparation, and career planning.
Dr. Susan Mason directs the Gerontology Center. The center’s mission is to develop and administer educational programs, conduct basic and applied research, and promote service activities that benefit older adults.
Animal Behavior Lab
The Animal Behavior Lab is supervised by Dr. Donna Thompson. Students in her Animal Behavior Lab course learn about operant conditioning and other techniques for studying animal behavior.
This photo shows the fish that a student trained to push a soccer ball into a net. The animal lab is currently home to several goldfish who have all proven that their memory definitely lasts far longer than 3 seconds.
Dr Peter Butera, chairperson and biopsychologist, oversees the workings of the department's biopsychology laboratory, home of federally funded research on the hormonal control of ingestive behavior and sex differences in satiety.
Clinical Psychology Lab
The department's clinical psychology laboratory complex is home to the research of Dr. Timothy M. Osberg. Dr. Osberg's research currently focuses on the use of the MMPI-2 in correctional samples and a comparison of the MMPI-A and MMPI-2 profiles of late adolescents.
Dr. Osberg also conducts research on the psychology of obesity and its treatment. He is currently developing a new measure of the construct of irrational food beliefs, which he believes plays a role in succeeding at weight loss and maintenance. The group research room pictured above enables testing and therapy with groups of participants. A one-way mirror allows for observational studies.
The clinical psych lab complex also provides office space for student research assistants and students conducting senior honors thesis research. The complex's group room is the site of weekly seminar meetings for students participating in the practicum program. They are placed in various community agencies and meet to discuss their experiences with Dr. Osberg. The clinical psychology research group, comprised of students with interests in clinical research, also meets here weekly.
Infant Learning Lab
Dr. Donna Fisher Thompson directs the Infant Learning Lab. She and her students use perceptual-motor skills to study how infants learning to control their body as they learn about the world. Current work focuses on how infants attend to visual stimuli.
In the Infant Learning Lab, infants are typically shown objects or movies on two video screens. Videos are made of the infants in order to measure how long they look at each screen.
This photo is a still frame from a video that combines the infant’s face, images of the two screens, and a timer. Dr. Thompson and her students use these videos to make frame-by-frame measurements of the infant’s looking behavior.
Memory and Cognition Lab
Research in the Memory and Cognition Lab is supervised by Dr. Burt Thompson. Dr. Thompson and his students investigate a variety of topics, including factors that influence the accuracy of eyewitness memory, and the identification of criminals based on surveillance videos and photos.