Tag Archive for Psychology Department

Child Behavior, Minority Reinforcement at Psychology Poster Session

Sarah Edelman ’09 explains her research to Scott Plous, professor of psychology, during the Department of Psychology Research Poster Presentation April 23 in Judd Hall. Edelman’s study, "The Relative Contributions of Physical Attractiveness and Prosocial Behavior in Preschool Friendship Choices" explores how children ages 3 and 4 chose friends in school and internalize gender schemas early on.

Sarah Edelman ’09 explains her research to Scott Plous, professor of psychology, during the Department of Psychology Research Poster Presentation April 23 in Judd Hall. Edelman’s study, "The Relative Contributions of Physical Attractiveness and Prosocial Behavior in Preschool Friendship Choices" explores how children ages 3 and 4 chose friends in school and internalize gender schemas early on.

Mothering Styles and Object Learning in Germany, Greece and Italy,”  Schug and her collaborators observed 77 mother-infant dyads in play for five minute periods, differentiating between independent or interdependent maternal style.

Post Doc Mariah Schug explains her research to Ruth Striegel-Moore, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor and chair of psychology. In "Mother-Infant Interactions in a Cross-Cultural Sample: Mothering Styles and Object Learning in Germany, Greece and Italy,” Schug and her collaborators observed 77 mother-infant dyads in play for five minute periods, differentiating between independent or interdependent maternal style.

The Role of Hyphenation in Three-Word Expressions.” Her study explores how we process meaning from three word phrases like “last-minute shopping,” with and without hyphenation.

At right, Joe Bruno, professor of chemistry and vice president for academic affairs and provost, comments on Kacey Wochna's '10 research titled "Three-Word or Three Word: The Role of Hyphenation in Three-Word Expressions.” Her study explores how we process meaning from three word phrases like “last-minute shopping,” with and without hyphenation.

Arielle Tolman '10, pictured, and Juliana Neuspiel ‘09 researched "Differential Predictors of Everyday Skills and Satisfaction with Life in Patients with Schizophrenia.” The students worked with 49 stabilized outpatients with schizophrenia.

Arielle Tolman '10, pictured, and Juliana Neuspiel ‘09, researched "Differential Predictors of Everyday Skills and Satisfaction with Life in Patients with Schizophrenia.” The students worked with 49 stabilized outpatients who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

David Baranger '09 talks about his research titled "Does Learning Potential Predict Rehabilitation Outcome in Schizophrenia" to Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology.

David Baranger '10 talks about his research titled "Does Learning Potential Predict Rehabilitation Outcome in Schizophrenia" to Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology.

Similar Physical Appearance/Different Social Perception, Manipulation of Self-efficacy.” His study questions the effectiveness of Wesleyan tutoring programs in which minority students of high socioeconomic status tutor middle-school students with low socioeconomic status.

BA/MA student Jermain Lewis '09 presented his research on "Minority Reinforcement: Similar Physical Appearance/Different Social Perception, Manipulation of Self-efficacy.” His study questions the effectiveness of Wesleyan tutoring programs in which minority students of high socioeconomic status tutor middle-school students with low socioeconomic status.

Preschoolers’ Use of Testimony” which explores how preschool-age children learn to trust or distrust what others tell them. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Graduate student Keera Bhandari, talks to John Seamon, professor of psychology, professor of neuroscience and behavior, about her study “Acquiring Knowledge from Others: Preschoolers’ Use of Testimony” which explores how preschool-age children learn to trust or distrust what others tell them. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Barth, Students Present Child Development Research

Keera Bhandari ’08/MA ’09 presented her research at the 2009 Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), held in Denver, Colo. from April 2-4. The poster presentation, co-authored with Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, was titled “Acquiring Knowledge from Others: Preschoolers’ Use of Testimony.”

Jessica Sullivan ’08 presented a poster co-authored by Kyle MacDonald ’10, Annie Paladino ’09 and Barth at the 2009 Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), titled “Children’s Mappings of Number Words to Large Numerosities.”

Plous Featured in Article on Action Teaching

Scott Plous, professor of psychology, is featured in an Dec. 2008 article on action teaching in the APA magazine Monitor on Psychology. Plous coined the term “action teaching” in 2000 to refer to teaching that leads not only to a better understanding of psychology but to a more just, humane, and peaceful world, and he manages the web site ActionTeaching.org.

Dierker Receives $50K for Addiction Research

Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology, has received a $50,000 research grant from the Peter F. McManus Charitable Trust. The award will support her work focusing on individual differences in the development of addiction. This research is aimed at identifying youth at greatest risk for dependence at various levels of alcohol and tobacco exposure.

Plous Book Cited in Washington Post

Scott Plous

Scott Plous

Scott Plous, professor of psychology, was quoted in a Dec. 14 issue of The Washington Post in a story titled “Choosing Not To Choose: Ever feel lost in a maze of too many options?”

The article, which focused on the overwhelming abundance of life-changing decisions such as finances, health care and career moves, mentions Plous’s book, The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making.

“There’s no question that we have more choices than ever before,” Plous agreed. “And decisions are generally harder and more time-consuming when there are lots of alternatives.”

Barth Author of Cognition Article

Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, is the author of “Judgments of discrete and continuous quantity: An illusory Stroop effect,” published in the journal Cognition in November, 2008.

Juhasz Published in Cognitive Process Journal

Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology, is the author of “The processing of compound words in English: Effects of word length on eye movements during reading,” published in Language and Cognitive Processes, 23, 1057-1088, Nov. 2008. She also is the co-author of “The processing of novel and lexicalised prefixed words in reading,” published in Language and Cognitive Processes, 23, 1133-1158, Nov. 2008.

Cathy Race: Administrative Assistant in the Psychology Department

Cathy Race, administrative assistant in the Psychology Department, helps coordinate poster sessions,

Cathy Race, administrative assistant in the Psychology Department, is the key contact person for the department, oversees the undergraduate major, is the department's archivist and website moderator.

Q: Cathy, when did you come to Wesleyan? What office did you start in?

A: I started in 1981 in the Alumni Relations Office. Then I transferred to a joint position in the Science in Society Program/Health Education, then the College of Social Studies, and then in 1991 to the Psychology Department.

Q: Do you have a personal interest in psychology or has your interest peaked since you started working with psychologists?

A: My interest in psychology could never peak. I’ve always been curious how the mind works. The field is fascinating. It goes beyond textbooks. The faculty are amazing and the majors are ambitious. I can honestly say I love my job.

Q: Could you touch on some of the department’s highlights?

A: Our faculty have labs

Striegel-Moore Honored by Psychology Association

Ruth Striegel-Moore

Ruth Striegel-Moore

Ruth Striegel-Moore, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor and chair of psychology, is the recipient of the New England Psychological Association’s (NEPA) Distinguished Contribution Award. She delivered the Distinguished Contribution Award Lecture titled “Reducing the Burden of Suffering from Eating Disorders” during the 48th Annual Meeting of the organization at Western New England College, Springfield, Mass. on Oct. 25.

The award honors psychologists with current or prior association with New England who have distinguished themselves by advancing the science of psychology; used psychology to advance individual and/or community well-being through service; are conducting a program of research or service which is currently making major strides in furthering new knowledge in psychology; and/or have engaged in teaching and mentoring in a manner reflecting commitment and innovation well beyond the norm.

Stemler Develops Adaptability Study for U.S. Military

Steve Stemler

Steven Stemler, assistant professor of psychology.

Failure to adapt in certain military maneuvers or assignments can lead to fatal errors. To help prevent grievous mistakes, the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense has asked psychologists to study adaptability. Assistant Professor of Psychology Steven Stemler was awarded a $60,000 subcontract via the University of Central Florida to study the concept and develop tools to measure adaptability.