Our psychology students have been published in scientific journals. They've presented research at conferences and won prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowships for graduate study. And, they're having fun while exploring questions that are important and interesting to them.
Student Research Opportunities
Your senior capstone experience culminates with an extensive research paper and a public presentation of your work in either a departmental poster session or an undergrad research conference.
You'll be able to take full advantage of research in an area of personal interest through our independent study program. Some of our student research is of high enough quality that it is frequently published in peer-reviewed journals or presented alongside Ph.D. students at professional conferences.
Most years one to two psychology majors undertake College Honors, carrying out an advanced research project over the course of a year and presenting and defending it to a faculty committee that includes a distinguished outside examiner. Many outside examiners have said that our student work is equivalent to a master's thesis in scope and quality.
View more of our student research and creative opportunities.
Recent Publications and Presentations
- "Mortality Salience Increases Defensive Distancing from People with Terminal Cancer," co-authored by Lauren Smith '12 and Professor Tim Kasser, and published in Death Studies (2013)
- "Intensity-Dependent Effects of Voluntary Exercise on Memory Task Performance in Rats," co-authored by Rachel Clark '12 and Professor Heather Hoffmann and published in IMPULSE: The Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal (2013)
- "Instruction in Problem-Solving Skills Increases the Hedonic Balance of Highly Neurotic Individuals," co-authored by Jackie Stillmaker '12 and Professor Tim Kasser in Cognitive Therapy and Research (2013)
- "Sex Differences in Jealousy over Facebook Activity," co-authored by Sahil Shah '12 and Professor Frank McAndrew and published in Computers in Human Behavior (2013)
- "Does Self-Monitoring Predict Interest in Gossip?," co-authored by Amelia Goranson '14 and Professor Frank McAndrew and presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami, Florida (2013)
Resources for Research
Our space for biofeedback research, human assessment and observation, and brain activity measurement is just one of the many resources you’ll have to support your research. Check out our labs for animal research, neuro- and psycho-physiology, and more.