Faculty Research

EEG Research Program – Contact Professor Don Evans  (more about Dr. Evans….)

This program uses EEG techniques to study attention and information processing.  Research assistants are involved in all phases of the research including conducting EEG sessions, managing and analyzing data, and preparing results for presentation.  Current research team members include: Justin Hayes and Caleb Prevo.

Personal Relationships and Sexuality Research Program – Contact Professor Sal Meyers (more about Dr. Meyers)

This program uses online correlational studies and experiments to study people’s personal relationships and sexuality in both casual and committed relationships. One project currently underway uses the eye-tracking equipment the department has to build on recently published research distinguishing between love and sexual desire based on what heterosexual people look at in a photo of an opposite-sex person. Sarah Beadle is currently collaborating with Dr. Meyers on this project, although additional students would be appreciated. Dr. Meyers is also interested in starting research on the role of media in people’s beliefs about casual and committed relationships.

 Mindset Research – Contact Professor Sal Meyers (more about Dr. Meyers)

 Dr. Meyers has been collaborating with Dr. Brian Smith to study how people’s beliefs about ability and about willpower are related to their academic behaviors. They recently presented a poster on this topic at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and they are currently working on a second study regarding beliefs about writing ability.

The Reading Language and Memory Lab – Contact Professor April Drumm-Hewitt (more about Dr. Drumm-Hewitt)

       The Reading Language and Memory Lab is run by Dr. April Drumm-Hewitt and undergraduate students working with her.  Undergraduates can be involved in all levels of the research process,        including planning studies, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings. In this lab, we present participants with stimuli and then use behavioral measures such as reading times and        reaction times in order to shed light on the cognitive processes at work when we interact with written language.  Dr. Drumm-Hewitt’s past research has focused on topics such as:

  • discovering what kinds of information are activated in the mind while we read.
  • exploring what kinds of information are left in memory after we have read a passage.
  • determining the difference in memory representations for different genres of text.
  • investigating the ways in which the meaning of written language may be different depending on how it is delivered.

Gender and Development in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Program – Contact Professor Heather Priess Groben (more about Dr. Priess Groben)

As a developmental psychologist, Dr. Groben’s is concerned generally with the ways in which individuals change or stay the same over a period of time.  She is particularly interested in how gender influences people’s development during adolescence and early adulthood.  Dr. Groben uses longitudinal research methods to collect data from families over several years and then applies advanced statistical techniques to identify predictors of psychological outcomes, such as academic achievement motivation and mental health.  Her current research projects include the following:

  • STEM Motivation: research examines how gender, implicit theories (mindsets), and self-concept influence sustained motivation for mathematics and other STEM disciplines among high school and college students
  • Behavioral Genetics and Depression: research examines how specific genetic variants and environmental risk factor contribute jointly to adolescent depression
  • Work-Family Issues: research examines how women and men negotiate the transition to parenthood and the effects parenting has on work and family life