Thursday, November 10, 2016

Is that a Picasso or a Monet?

Students in Dr. Metzger's Theories and Principles of Learning (PSYC 324) were recently learning about discrimination training.  Click HERE to see a interesting video of pigeons that have learned to discriminate between the painting style of Picasso and Monet.  The video goes on to show that these simple birds can discriminate some stimuli more effectively than humans!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Virtual Open House - Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph's University offers a full-time master's program in experimental psychology that is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the scientific study of psychology. All students in the program are assigned to a mentor and conduct an empirically based research thesis under his/her direction.  There will be a virtual (online) open house on Monday, November 7th at 12:30, and information on how to attend the open house can be found HERE. Complete details about the program are available HERE.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dr. Metzger Presents Research Talk at Mississippi State Meridian and the University of Central Missouri

On October 13, Dr. Mitchell Metzger, Professor and Chair of Psychology, presented a "distance research talk" to faculty and students at Mississippi State - Meridian and the University of Central Missouri.  He connected with these two sites using the Collaborate function in Blackboard, the title of the talk was Sugar, Faces, and Rats:  The Winding Road of Psychological Research.  A recording of the talk can be found HERE, with the talk beginning at approximately the 6:00 mark.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Eagle Opportunities!

Please click HERE to be taken to the AU Career Services Center page on opportunities for AU students.  This page has information on upcoming career fairs, graduate school opportunities, and services that the CSC offers. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Why You Should Do Research If You're A Psychology Major...

Many of our students get engaged in research experiences during their time at Ashland University, and these activities have, for many years, been a hallmark of our department.  Some students get involved in the lab as early as their freshman year, allowing them to accumulate a good deal of experience by the time they graduate.  Considering that the vast majority of our students who successfully gain admittance to graduate school have these experiences in common, those students who want to take the 'next step' in their academic career should consider the opportunities that are in front of them.  Click HERE to read an article that discusses the positive benefits of doing research in the psychology lab.  The article provides insight from Mitchell Metzger and Gary Lewandowski (who gave a talk at our campus a few years ago).  Enjoy! 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Student Registration Now Open for Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair!!

Online preregistration will close at midnight on Sunday, October 9th

Students who pre-register will receive a printed nametag at the event.

Those who cannot register in advance of the deadline can register at the door.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Internship Spotlight -- Dendara Oakleaf

As a psychology major in my final semester, I can honestly say I would be lost if I hadn’t completed an internship last semester. From January until the end of April, I interned at Ashland Parenting Plus (APP). Normally, APP interns are social work majors. In fact, I was the very first psychology major to intern at APP. This was a perfect fit for me, though, as the direction I had been planning on going with my degree overlaps between psychology and social work. APP is a nonprofit organization that works with at-risk adolescents. Although there are multiple ways in which APP accomplishes this, the program I was most involved with was the girl empowerment groups in Ashland County Schools.

Twice per week, I went to either the Ashland High School or Middle School and met with groups of adolescent girls to discuss topics such as relationships, communication skills, and human reproduction. Additionally, the girls would discuss any personal problems they were currently experiencing, and we would work as a group to figure out potential ways to best handle the situation. Ultimately, the groups served as an escape from reality for the girls while teaching them skills to help buffer them from any potentially harmful circumstances.

Through these groups, I gained experiences that helped confirm the direction I was already planning to go with my undergraduate in psychology and a more specific direction to go with my future education. This internship not only gave me experience working with adolescents, but helped me to discover a passion for helping adolescents who have experienced trauma. All thanks to this internship, I have been able to definitively decide to pursue my Masters in Social Work. Even though I am not continuing my education in the field of psychology, the AU Psychology Department has provided a solid background that will help to enrich my future in social work.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Akron Rotary Camp Job Opportunity

As your semester is beginning, have you given any thought to what you’re going to do with your weekends? I know this is a stressful part of the year because you are just starting classes and trying to get a feel for your teachers and you’re trying to figure out how much homework they like to give. I know how stressful it can be; after all I was there a couple years ago.

However, if you haven’t spent any time thinking about what you want to do during your weekends, now might be a good time to do that. Let’s take a second to try to figure out what you value in a job.
1) Do you want somewhere that you have to follow a strict schedule/regime or do you want to work somewhere that’s going to encourage you to bring your creativity to work every single day?
2) Do you want an easy job, or one that will challenge you every single day?
3) Do you want a job that you go into knowing everything there is to know about what you’re doing, or do you want a job that will give you a chance to learn something new every moment of every day?
4) Do you want a job that lets you build friendships with your co-workers, or do you want to become part of a family?
If you’ve picked the second choice in every single one of these questions (or most of them), you might want to consider talking to me about the possibility of working at the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs this school year. You will get to bring your own hobbies and passions to camp to help expand and improve the opportunities we provide to our campers. You will also work alongside some of the hardest working, and most passionate people you will ever meet. There is one more reason to work at camp. YOU GET TO BE A KID AGAIN AND RE-LEARN HOW TO HAVE FUN!!!
If all my reasons for working at camp aren’t enough, click HERE and find out why we love Akron Rotary Camp.  I hope you have a successful transition from summer to waking up for classes and studying for exams! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at 330.644.4512 x 3204 or email me at
J.D. Detsch
Imagination Specialist
Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Eagle Opportunities!

Please click HERE to be taken to the AU Career Services Center page on opportunities for AU students.  This page has information on upcoming career fairs, graduate school opportunities, and services that the CSC offers.