Olivia DrakeDecember 17, 20081min
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."

Olivia DrakeDecember 2, 20081min
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.

Olivia DrakeNovember 11, 20082min
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…

Olivia DrakeNovember 11, 20081min
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…

Corrina KerrOctober 20, 20081min
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. (more…)

John SetzerSeptember 4, 20082min
In the United States, Deaf people have had the ability to communicate by using sign language since the early 1800s. But in Central America’s largest nation of Nicaragua, the Deaf community had no formalized language until 30 years ago. This emerging language, known as Nicaraguan Sign Language, is the topic of a recent study by Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology, and psychology major Lisa Drennan ’09. The language was first created by local children to communicate with their friends and family and is rapidly changing. “Nicaraguan Sign Language is certainly not a hodge-podge of different sign languages – it…