Psychology Achievements

  • Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, recently presented three talks at Berea College in Kentucky. Two were given to the faculty on quantitative reasoning across the curriculum and the third, on Lutsky's recent research on superstition, entitled "What's Luck Got to Do with It?," was given to the Department of Psychology.

  • Seth Greenberg, Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology, published with colleagues from Binghamton University, Albrecht Inhoff and Bradley Seymour, and from Universitaet Potsdam, Daniel Schad, an article "The size and direction of saccadic curvatures during reading." The empirical article which appeared in Vision Research, 50, 1117-1130, demonstrates that both the linguistic processing demands and physical layout of text guide such movements.

  • Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology was named as the 2011 recipient of the American Psychological Foundation's Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. This award recognizes "a significant career of contributions as an exceptional teacher of psychology." Lutsky was nominated for this recognition by a group of his former students at Carleton and by colleagues in the teaching of psychology community. The awardee receives a plaque, $2000, and an all-expense paid trip to the American Psychological Association annual convention, where the award is presented and where the winner is invited to give a special address.

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Laura Schlosser '10, Kate Leger '10, Katelyn Donisch '09, Andrew Widmer '09, and Anna Minkina '10, published an article in the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy titled "Panic-Relevant Cognitive Processes Among Smokers."

  • Seth Greenberg, Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology, along with Vincent Chuan '09, published an article "Chinese Radical Detection Also Depends on Linguistic Role" in Scientific Studies in Reading. November 2010, 544-553. The article examines how Chinese readers process various types of function morphemes in Chinese as a test of Koriat and Greenberg's structural model of reading. The study indicates that reading ideographic text, in respect to processing function units, is like that of reading alphabetic text. Mark Hansell, Professor of Chinese, provided valuable assistance in this project.

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, in collaboration with Serena King of Hamline University, and Todd Wilkinson of the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, published an article in the Journal of Gambling Studies titled “Personality, Gender, and Family History in the Prediction of College Gambling.”

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, in collaboration with Fiammetta Cosci (University of Florence), Koen Schruers (Maastricht University), and Eric Griez (Maastricht University), co-authored an article published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry titled “Cigarette smoking and panic: A critical review of the literature.”

  • Seth Greenberg, Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor and Chair of Psychology, and Maren Macgreggor-Hannah '07, published a paper on cross-race face identification that examines the differences in features examined when recognizing own and other race faces. The article appears in Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2010, 110, 2, 567-579.

  • Julie Neiworth, Professor of Psychology, is being awarded the Minnesota Psychological Association's (MPA) Walter D. Mink Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award. This award is given to the best undergraduate teacher of psychology in the state, and recognizes a teacher who brings a special quality or commitment to undergraduate teaching in psychology. Neiworth accepted the award at the Minnesota Psychological Association's annual meeting on Saturday, April 17, in Plymouth.

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Melissa Mayer '09, published two chapters in the Nova Science book Social Drinking: Uses, Abuses, and Psychological Factors. The chapters are titled "Alcohol Cues, Alcohol Expectancies, and Aggression" and "Abstinence vs. Controlled Drinking: Trends and a Call for Research." The former chapter, for which Melissa is first author, is based largely on Melissa's comps research.

  • Ken Abrams, Assistant Professor of Psychology, presented a paper at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America conference in Baltimore. The paper, co-authored with Kate Leger ’10, Laura Schlosser ’10, and Anna Minkina ’10, was titled "Does Acute Nicotine Use or Withdrawal Promote Panic? Findings from Biological Challenge Studies." Abrams, Avantika Jalan ’10, Emily Snyder ’11, and Kelley Stevens ’11 also presented a poster titled "Cognitive Processes Underlying the Elevated Rate of Panic Among Smokers."

  • Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, and Annelise M. Lawson '09, presented the paper The Peak/End Rule in Prospective Judgments of Life Quality at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, in Las Vegas in January.