person engaging in a research study


Laboratories in the Psychology Department and at the Medical School allow faculty and student researchers access to state-of-the-art methodologies for the study of psychological phenomena. The department offices and research laboratories are housed in a new 105,000 square foot building that also contains spacious seminar rooms and teaching laboratories. Individual research laboratories support ongoing investigations of aging, cognition, memory, learning, decision making, social motivation, personality, health, psychophysiology, hypnosis, attention, hearing, and neuropsychology. These laboratories contain modern computer and audio-visual equipment.

The department employs technical support staff for special programming and equipment needs. The department also maintains human subjects pools with several thousand research participants, both college-aged and older adults. Animal colonies (rats and pigeons) are also maintained to support ongoing research.

Research laboratories outside the department provide additional resources for research training and collaboration. These include the Alzheimerís Disease Research Center, the Center for Health Behavior Research, the Interdisciplinary Program in Movement Science, the Program in Physical Therapy, and the Central Institute for the Deaf. Additional collaborative arrangements exist with members of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the Medical School, and the program in Neuroscience. Several department members participate in the multidisciplinary Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology ("PNP") program, which provides additional opportunities for study.

The department maintains a Psychological Services Center (directed by Erin Lawton, Ph.D) which provides training opportunities for students in the clinical program.