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Psychology Research Labs

 Adolescents
Adolescent Identity Lab

The lab investigates the intersection of multiple identities with a focus on how social and emotional development influences adolescents’ sense of self and health seeking decisions.  (Moeller)

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Alcohol Addiction Lab

Alcoholics begin their careers with a single drink and, in time, their consumption patterns increase dramatically. The lab investigates factors that cause alcohol dependence and focuses on tolerance. (Cronise)

Behavioral Genetics Lab

Our research examines the genes and neurobiological pathways associated with  stress, anxiety, and substance abuse using mouse models. (Parker)

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Child Clinical Lab

Our research focuses on interpersonal and motivational processes that help children thrive in their family, school, and other contexts. (Gurland)

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Children's Memory Lab

The lab investigates how adult behaviors (e.g., questioning style or rapport development) relate to the quality of children’s reports of an experienced event, and has applications to forensic, educational, and medical settings. (McCauley)

Clinical Psychophysiology Lab
Clinical Psychophysiology Lab

The lab investigates the behavioral, peripheral, and central correlates of anxiety and anxiety disorders using eye tracking, event related potentials, and measures of peripheral autonomic activity.(Kimble)

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Conservation Psychology Lab

The lab assesses psychology’s role in understanding and predicting pro-environmental behaviors.  Current work investigates the extent to which social norms, self determination theory, and childhood experiences predict the likelihood of engaging in pro-environmental behaviors. (McCauley)

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Educational Psychology & Adolescent Development Lab

One line of our research investigates the epistemological development of adolescents, or what adolescents believe about knowledge and knowing, and how that relates to learning and education.  A second line of work examines communication with parents during adolescence and emerging adulthood, and the development of autonomy and self-regulation. (Hofer)

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Human Memory Lab

Our lab examines the mental processes that underlie human memory. Current projects seek to understand the nature of memory errors, the influence of emotion on memory, how taking a test (as opposed to just studying) can improve long term memory, and how social processes influence memory. (Arndt)

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Risk-Taking Analysis & Prevention Lab

The lab investigates risk-taking behaviors in college students, emphasizing the causes and consequences of alcohol consumption as well as sexual risk-taking, including casual sex and protective behaviors. (Velez)

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Sexuality & Gender Lab

Our research focuses on sexuality, close relationships, and/or gender, typically within college student samples. (Baldridge)

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Spatial Cognition Lab

Our research investigates factors influencing cognitive abilities, particularly spatial skills. Some issues of interest: how do people ‘pay attention’ to their environment, strategies used, the influence of stressors, the role of social influences such as stereotypes, and relationships to hormones.(Collaer)