Psychology Achievements

  • Kathleen Galotti, Professor of Cognitive Science, served as an invited external reviewer of the multidisciplinary Cognitive Science Program at Vassar College in April. Vassar College was the first undergraduate institution to offer this interdisciplinary program.

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, published a paper in the journal College Teaching titled "Student-designed public service announcement (PSA) videos to enhance motivation and engagement."

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C. titled "Toward Internationalizing the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: A Sustainable Model of Inter-Institutional Collaboration." The presentation was part of an Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) sponsored symposium titled "Sustaining and Sustainable Collaboration: Making an Impact."

  • Neil Lutsky William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, gave an invited address to the annual Southeastern Teachers of Psychology conference held in Atlanta, February 23 through 25. His presentation was titled "Though This Be Madness, Yet There Is Method: Promoting Quantitative Reasoning in the Teaching of Psychology." In January he also presented a paper, "What's Luck Got to Do with It? Social Comparison May Account for Superstition's Effect on Performance," at the San Diego meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

  • Julie Neiworth, professor of psychology and director of neuroscience, was interviewed on the radio as part of a show about awareness in primates. Click here to tune in to the recorded broadcast.

  • Kathleen Galotti, Professor of Cognitive Science, recently served on a panel reviewing the Psychology Department at Oberlin College. Galotti also served as a panelist for the 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship program.

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Kelley Stevens '11 published a paper titled "The relation between premenstrual dysphoric disorder, panic attacks, and panic disorder" in Advances in Psychology Research, Volume 81. The paper represents an extension of the comps work completed by Kelley, who is first author

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Kate Leger '10, Laura Schlosser '10, Anne Merrill '10, Molly Bresslour '10, and Avantika Jalan '10 published an article in Nicotine and Tobacco Research titled "Nicotine Withdrawal Exacerbates Fear Reactivity to CO2-Induced Bodily Sensations Among Smokers."

  • Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, gave a talk at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, on "Spreading Activation for Quantitative Reasoning." Lutsky is serving as a consultant to a Teagle Grant on quantitative reasoning shared by Lewis & Clark and Willamette University.

  • Seth Greenberg, Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology and Julian Tokarev '10, along with Zach Estes, Warwick University, England, have an article coming out shortly in The American Journal of Psychology entitled "Affective Orientation Influences Memory for Emotional and Neutral Words." The article derives from Tokarev's thesis. The investigation found that searching for a certain emotion quality of a word in a list can enhance opportunity for recall and recognition.

  • Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, gave the 2011 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Address at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in August. The title of his talk was "Nothing Abides: What Then Remains in the Teaching of Psychology?" The talk accompanied Lutsky's receipt of the American Psychological Foundation's 2011 Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, recently co-hosted a two-day conference with Dana Gross (St. Olaf College) titled "Strategies for Internationalizing Undergraduate Psychology." The conference, funded by an Associated Colleges of the Midwest/Faculty Career Enhancement (ACM FaCE) grant, featured international and domestic keynote speakers and psychology faculty from across the ACM. Abrams also presented on a panel titled "Developing and Leading International Off-Campus Courses in Psychology" with Lawrence White (Beloit) and Donna McMillan (St. Olaf).