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Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The department's exceptional facilities include an eight-room observational laboratory equipped with one-way mirrors for research in developmental and social psychology, as well as thirty laboratory rooms equipped for research in cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, social/personality psychology, developmental psychology, and neuroscience.
Research that is currently being done by the professors and also professors who need students to get involved in their research are listed below:
Dr. Carrie Bredow
Dr. Alyssa Cheadle’s research focuses on how religiousness and spirituality are associated with health. Her methods include correlational and longitudinal studies involving interviews and surveys and physiological assessments of stress hormones and inflammation. She has ongoing projects in which students can get involved including studies of religiousness and spirituality in pregnant and postpartum women and diverse college-aged young adults. In addition, students can become involved in the early stages of her newest project at Hope, a daily diary study that will investigate health behaviors and religiousness and spirituality. Students interested in health psychology and particularly religiousness and spirituality are welcome to apply to join her lab. Interested students can email Dr. Cheadle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Andrew Gall's research is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms and functions of sleep and circadian rhythms. Dr. Gall is especially interested in species-differences in the brain between animals that are diurnal (day-active) and those that are nocturnal (night-active), and how these differences emerge over development. Currently, Dr. Gall and his students are examining the mechanisms responsible for supporting a diurnal profile of activity in species like our own by performing brain lesions in a diurnal species, the Nile grass rat. In addition, his research team is collaborating with Dr. Sonja Trent-Brown to examine the importance of sleep in preschoolers, and the influences of environmental factors (such as light and diet) on the development of sleep patterns in children. Please contact Dr. Gall directly (email@example.com) if you are interested in joining the lab.
Dr. Mary Inman will continue her work on body image and body attitudes. The students who are selected to work with her will sign up for Supervised Research Psy290 for 1 credit. Depending on which phase the project is in, students will help design the study, learn the ethics of doing research, learn about the ethics proposal, conduct the study, code the data, enter the data, write up portions of an APA style paper that pertains to the work, present the research, and receive career advice and writing suggestions. Interested students should email Dr. Inman (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask for an application and to get a copy of the expectations for doing research with her. Interested Psychology majors who are motivated and eager to learn and who have had Psy100, Psy200, Psy230, and Statistics before this lab experience are eligible to apply.
Dr. Hernandez Jarvis will be conducting research this year in the neurocogniton of dance. This is a new field that investigates mental mapping, knowledge representation, memory, and learning of complex body movements. The fall semester will be spent learning about this field through literature reviews and designing materials to conduct a study. Data collection, and data analysis will take place in the spring semester. I would like students with interest in the psychology of motion. I will particularly welcome students with an interest in body movement (sports or dance). Skills with video filming and editing will be particularly useful (but not necessary).
Weight Discrimination - Patricia Roehling researches the impact of
discrimination against the overweight and obese in the areas of employment
and the electoral process. She has also conducted research examining
the processes underlying biases against the overweight, and the role
of gender in weight discrimination.
Pedagogy – Patricia Roehling conducts research examining the
effectiveness of different teaching pedagogies. These topics have included
how to run effective classroom discussions and the effectiveness of using
PowerPoint in upper versus lower level courses. She is currently conducting
research on the “flipped classroom.”
Currently Professor Roehling has a full research lab. She may have an opening in her Work and Family lab. If you are interested in working with Professor Roehling, you will need to complete an application. If you are interested in learning more about research opportunities with Professor Roehling, please email her: email@example.com
Dr. Daryl Van Tongeren recently received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to study the role of meaning in scientific and religious meaning systems. Accordingly, he and his lab group will be conducting research on how individuals interact with those holding different beliefs, as well as exploring various ways to reduce potential conflict among those with divergent worldviews. Dr. Van Tongeren is always looking for eager students who are responsible, motivated, and committed to learning more about the research process. He may have an opening for one student. Interested students can email Dr. Van Tongeren at (firstname.lastname@example.org) and must complete an application that can be downloaded from his lab’s website (http://darylvantongeren.wix.com/lab) in order to apply to join the lab.
Dr. Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet conducts research at the interface of clinical psychology, emotion regulation and positive psychology. Current topics include hope, forgiveness, and gratitude. Her methods include experiments and correlational studies examining psychophysiology, linguistic analyses, and self-report measures. Ideally, students with pre-requisites of PSY 100, 200, 370, and Math 210 or 311 will apply to email@example.com and have a 2-year commitment to the lab, particularly when psychophysiology is involved.