- March 5, 2014
Julie Neiworth, Professor of psychology and director of neuroscience, has recently published an article in the Journal of Comparative Psychology entitled " Gestalt Principle Use in College Students, Children With Autism, Toddlers (Homo sapiens), and Cotton Top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus)", with 10 Carleton student co-authors.
- March 3, 2014
Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Psychology, presented a paper titled "Personality Traits In Extremis: Are Trait Correlations Representative of General Patterns?" at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, held in Austin, Texas, February 13 through 15.
- March 3, 2014
- January 4, 2014
Sarah Meerts, Assistant Professor of Psychology, co-authored with Rosemary S. Schairer ('12), Molly E. Farry-Thorn ('13), Elliot G. Johnson ('13), and Helen K. Strnad ('14) an article in Hormones and Behavior titled "Previous Sexual Experience Alters the Display of Paced Mating Behavior in Female Rats."
- December 9, 2013
Ken Abrams, Associate Professor of Psychology, co-authored with two colleagues at the University of Florence an article in the journal Depression and Anxiety titled "Effects of Nicotine Withdrawal on Panic-Like Response to Breath Holding: A Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Cross-Over Patch Study."
- November 28, 2013
Julia Strand, Assistant Professor of Psychology, published an article with Andrea Simenstad ('13), Allison Cooperman ('13), and Jonathon Rowe ('14) in Memory & Cognition titled "Grammatical context constrains lexical competition in spoken word recognition."
- September 19, 2013
Kathleen M. Galotti, Professor and Director of Cognitive Science, was recently granted an endowed chair. She is now the William H. Laird Professor of Cognitive Science.
- September 9, 2013
Julie Neiworth, professor of psychology and director of neuroscience, was recently elected a "Fellow" by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), an honor given for sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological science.
- June 3, 2013
Julia Strand, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, along with Carleton student collaborators and co-authors Andrea Simenstad '13, Allison Cooperman '13, and Jonathon Rowe '14, presented research on spoken word recognition at the Association for Psychological Science annual meeting in Washington D.C. on May 25.
- April 22, 2013
Kara Sage, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, received an APA Division 7 Early Career Research Grant to launch a new research project entitled "iLearn: Can utilizing tablet technology reduce the 2D deficit effect in children’s learning?"
- April 1, 2013
Julia Strand, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, recently gave an invited talk to the University of California, Berkeley Linguistics Department Colloquium, titled "Recognizing words by sight and sound: Lexical competition and the mental lexicon."
- February 25, 2013
Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Psychology, gave talks to the faculties at Lewis & Clark College and Willamette University in Oregon, February 14 and 15, on "How Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Serves a Liberal Arts Curriculum." Lutsky serves as the consultant for the schools' Teagle grant on quantitative reasoning.
Psychology In the News
- April 18, 2014
To read the Gustavson, Miyake, Hewitt, & Freidman (2014) click here.
"Previous research has revealed a moderate and positive correlation between procrastination and impulsivity. However, little is known about why these two constructs are related. In the present study, we used behavior-genetics methodology to test three predictions derived from an evolutionary account that postulates that procrastination arose as a by-product of impulsivity: (a) Procrastination is heritable, (b) the two traits share considerable genetic variation, and (c) goal-management ability is an important component of this shared variation. These predictions were confirmed. First, both procrastination and impulsivity were moderately heritable (46% and 49%, respectively). Second, although the two traits were separable at the phenotypic level (r= .65), they were not separable at the genetic level (rgenetic = 1.0). Finally, variation in goal-management ability accounted for much of this shared genetic variation. These results suggest that procrastination and impulsivity are linked primarily through genetic influences on the ability to use high-priority goals to effectively regulate actions."
- February 7, 2014
- January 28, 2014
- December 5, 2013
"Not everyone is destined to follow one misdeed with another, but a new study reveals what type of person is likely to be a “repeat offender”. In a series of experiments, behavioral researcher Shu Zhang of Columbia Business School and her colleagues found that people who derive a sense of security from the status quo are significantly more likely to follow one ethical lapse with another than are people who are comfortable with change."
Read the full APS review here.
- November 18, 2013
What causes personality maturation in early adulthood? Some researchers say maturation is determined by genetic factors (five-factor theory); others say it is related to culture-specific expectations for behavior at a certain age (social-investment theory). In the research reported here, Bleidorn et al. (2013) examined Big Five personality data, collected as part of the Gosling-Potter Internet Personality Project from participants in 62 countries, and indices of the timing of a variety of socially normative behaviors — such as marriage, parenthood, and entry into the workforce — for those countries. Although personality did mature as people aged, the faster maturation found in countries with earlier transition to adult roles supports social-investment theory.
- October 17, 2013
Work on synesthesia has predominantly focused on confirming the authenticity of synesthetic experience, but much less research has been conducted to examine the extent to which synesthesia is linked to broader perceptual differences. The research reported here examines whether synesthesia is associated with differences in color and motion processing by comparing these abilities in synesthetes who experience color as their evoked sensation with nonsynesthetic participants.
- September 19, 2013
No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely. But a new study from the University of Michigan psychologist Ethan Kross argues that that’s exactly how it makes us feel. Read the study here.
- March 20, 2013
Researchers at Columbia University shed new light on how we attend to information in environments with numerous stimuli.
- February 28, 2013
- January 14, 2013
Are alleged gender differences in human mating behavior due to biology or cultural construction? Read this insightful opinion piece and see what you think.
- December 14, 2012
Two researchers have recently published a new interpretation of the classic Milgram Obedience study and Zimbardo's prison study. Click here for a news story about their article.
- December 13, 2012
A new article in Psychological Science proposes explores early reasoning and executive control processing in young children. Click here to read an APS news story of the findings.