Psychological Science Brown Bag this Friday (9/30): Voter Registration & Turnout

Psychological Science Brown Bag this Friday (9/30): Voter Registration & Turnout

How Psychology Can Help Get Out The Vote


Please join us for our second Psychological Science Brown Bag meeting this Friday, 9/30 from 12:15-1:15 pm in CARN 105.

We’re in an important election year and the deadline for voter registration is coming up. So, with a few days left, we will talk about the factors that influence people’s decision to register to vote and to cast their vote. What does social science research tell us about getting out the vote and what can YOU do to help?

Here are two articles that might help spark the conversation:

As always, this is an informal and friendly setting meant to foster an open discussion of ideas and interesting research findings. Bring your lunch, bring a friend, and, most importantly, bring yourself! Light refreshments will be available.

Looking forward to seeing you this Friday!

Heuchert touts India internships

Professor of Psychology Juvia Heuchert says Allegheny has had several groups of students in India, most recently to do eight-week internships. He says it is a fantastic learning experience with regards to knowledge gained about India and issues pertinent to newly industrialized countries. In addition, students also have their values enriched by the immersion in this ancient, life-affirming, culture. Many of the students in this short video are from Allegheny.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Vogel, Eckstein Jackson published in psychology journal

Autumn Vogel ’16 and Assistant Professor of Psychology Lydia Eckstein Jackson published the paper “Activist Theatre: The Effects of Community Performance on System Justification and Willingness to Engage in Activism” in The Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. The article will appear in the September/October issue of the journal (Vol 26, Issue 5).

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Student/Faculty Members Present at Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association

Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology Robert Hancock, Caitlin Nealer ’15, and Professor of Psychology Patricia Rutledge presented “The effects of gender on underhand and overhand throwing velocity in collegiate baseball and softball players” at the 2016 meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York City.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research


Senior Project Celebration: 4/29

The annual Senior Project Celebration

Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main floor of the Pelletier Library next to the Gateway

From 10 to noon, approximately 50 students will present posters about their senior projects. Visitors can stop by any time during this session to chat with the students about their work. Then, from noon until 1 p.m., Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA) will hold a special session during which three students will present brief talks about their senior projects, followed by the presentation of the Pelletier Undergraduate Research Awards. This special session will open with remarks by former Director of URSCA Dr. Lee Coates.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please stop by to support our students, learn about the amazing work being done at Allegheny, and be inspired with some ideas of your own!

Brown Bag

Psychology Brown Bag Event- Today, Friday April 15, 2016


Join us this Friday from 12:15-1:15 pm in Carnegie 110 (and possibly the 1st floor hallway) for practice conference talks and poster presentations. We have several students who are presenting at WPUPC or Sigma Xi on Saturday (many of whom have never been to a conference) and we wanted to give them an opportunity to practice their presentation skills.

Stop by to see all the hard work our students have done!

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Lydia Jackson.






Students and Faculty Present Research at Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association

Research by Katie Denning ’16, Maria Kim ’18, Alana Picozzi ’18, Natasha Torrence ’17, Osasere Edebiri ’16, Annie Utterback ’16 and Professors Sarah Conklin, Lydia Eckstein Jackson, Aimee Knupsky, and Ryan Pickering was presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York City in March. Katie Denning — in collaboration with Nina Kikel ’17, Associate Professor of Psychology Aimee Knupsky, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Lydia Eckstein Jackson — presented her Senior Project research on the importance of context cues on Theory of Mind. Annie Utterback presented her Senior Project work on the role of gender in recognizing displays of emotion, an interdisciplinary project completed in collaboration with Associate Professor of English M. Soledad Caballero and Professor Knupsky. In collaboration with Professor Jackson, Maria Kim presented her independent studies research on “The Effects of Self-Compassion on Students’ Achievement Goals.” Alana Picozzi and Natasha Torrence presented summer and independent studies research completed with Stephen Anderson ’16, Randy Violette ’17, and Professor Jackson on predictors of unethical behavior. Osasere Edebiri presented work conducted as part of an independent studies project with Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology Sarah Conklin, Professor Jackson, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Pickering on ideological predictors of antibacterial product use.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition

CAUSE (Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education – and the American Statistical Association are happy to announce the seventh annual undergraduate statistics project competition (USPROC). Project submission for the May 31, 2016 deadline is now open! The purpose of USPROC is to encourage the development of data analysis skills, to enhance presentation skills, and to recognize outstanding work by undergraduate statistics students.

Save the date of October 21, 2016 for the second annual electronic undergraduate statistics conference where
winners will present and all students will have the opportunity to give an e-poster about their project.

For more information go to the website below.

For a poster of the information please click the pdf link below.





Research Tech- Boston Adolescent Neuroimaging of Depression and Anxiety (BANDA)

Full-time Research Technician for the Boston Adolescent Neuroimaging of Depression and Anxiety (BANDA) study available. The position is available immediately and will be based at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown Navy Yard, under the supervision of Dr. Anastasia Yendiki.

The BANDA study is funded through the NIH human connectome project initiative. This is an opportunity to work on cutting-edge neuroimaging research in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of investigators at Boston University (PI: Hofmann), McLean Hospital (PI: Pizzagalli), Massachusetts General Hospital (PI: Yendiki), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PIs: Whitfield-Gabrieli and Gabrieli).

Responsibilities include:

– Coordinating study visits to the Martinos Center, in communication with
investigators at the three clinical sites, as well as study participants and
their families.

– Performing MRI scanning and behavioral testing on adolescents with
depression and/or anxiety disorders and healthy controls.

– Assisting with data quality assurance, analysis, and transfer between sites
and to the Connectome Coordinating Facility at Washington University.

– Managing the Internal Review Board human subjects protocol for the study.

The ideal candidate combines excellent organizational skills, oral and written communication skills, and high comfort level with computers. A high degree of professionalism and the ability to interact with the study population, as well as a large, multi-disciplinary team of collaborators, is key. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Prior experience in MRI scanning and behavioral testing are desirable. Flexibility to perform scans on weekends, depending on subject and scanner availability, is required. The position offers opportunities to participate in publications and to be part of a fast-paced research environment at the intersection of clinical research and neuroimaging method development.

Applicants should send a CV/resume and the contact information of two references to Dr. Anastasia Yendiki (

Gator Day: Preparing for the Junior Seminar and Senior Project in Psychology

Recommended Audience: Rising juniors and seniors who are majoring in Psychology and/or Neuroscience that are working with Carnegie Hall Faculty Members.

In this panel presentation, faculty from the psychology department and Neuroscience program will share information about the junior seminars offered for the 2016-2017 academic year, how to select among them, and how to sign up for the course. We will also discuss how students can plan to transition from the junior seminar into the senior project. In addition, faculty will discuss the areas of research in which they mentor senior projects so that students can identify the appropriate first and second reader for their senior project. Finally, the process for signing up for the senior project will be described. Rising juniors are encouraged to attend the beginning of the session; rising seniors are encouraged to attend the middle of the session.


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