Friday, February 10, 2017

Alumni Spotlight -- Olivia Hess '16

I am a recent December 2016 graduate with my Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Religion.Due to my experience at Ashland, I feel well prepared for my next step at Liberty University where I will pursue my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. If there is anything that I have learned within these past few months about my psychology education from Ashland University it is that the study of the mind transcends the means of a classroom environment. Though I am not currently being taught about the way in which a human brain works, professors from Ashland have helped me to realize that I am always learning if I choose to pay attention to my surroundings. If people are involved, psychology is involved. Now that I am truly able to recognize the importance of working through the positive and negative aspects of the way we, as humans, think in everyday circumstances, I am ready to further my classroom education. My dream of becoming an Equine-Assisted Licensed Professional Counselor is beginning to get closer and closer and I could not be more excited! The Ashland University Psychology Department has developed a passion in me to learn and help people, and for that I will forever be motivated and grateful.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Eleven Psychology Students to Present Research at Regional Conference

Congratulations to eleven of our psychology students who were informed that their research was accepted to present at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association this coming April in Chicago!  Two of these students, Emily Wirtz and Danielle Bruno, also found out that their research project was one of 24 (out of over 600) to receive a regional research award!  Click here for an Ashland University press release highlighting our student's accomplishments.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Reproducibility Concerns in Cancer Research?

Students of psychology have undoubtedly heard about recent reports showing that some psychological studies have failed to replicate, which has called into question the integrity of some research studies in psychology.  While the debate on this continues, now it seems that this problem is not limited to the social sciences, as a recent article on NovaNext reports this same issue is occurring in the field of cancer biology research.  The article states that "cancer biology is just one of many fields being scrutinized for the reproducibility of its studies" and cites specific examples such as "cancer scientists Begley and Ellis wrote that they had tried to reproduce 53 high-profile cancer studies while working at the pharmaceutical company Amgen, and succeeded with just six. A year earlier, scientists at Bayer HealthCare announced that they could replicate only 20–25% of 47 cancer studies".  Thus, it appears that the reproducibility problem cuts across at least several scientific disciplines.  Click HERE to read the full article from NovaNext.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Internship Information Session

Gaining practical experience through internships can be an important part of your college experience, and many students are not aware of the opportunities available to them.  Dr. Metzger will host an “internship information session” where he talks about the process of doing internships for course credit through the psychology department.  Any student, regardless of class, who is thinking about doing an internship before they graduate is encouraged to attend this meeting.     

January 23rd, 7:30pm, 172 Schar 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Alumni Spotlight - Ed Hunt '16

Early in my time at AU, I remember feeling like I had to decide between majoring in Psychology or Business. After a couple weeks of deliberation, I finally realized that I can major in both! This decision changed my college experience and exposed me to opportunities including an internship with PepsiCo, a consulting job with Market Development Group, and even allowed me to intern in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with the American Leadership Academy. I am now starting my career with a new non-profit called the Nelson Leadership Institute, named after Ticketmaster co-founder Jerry Nelson. The goal of this company is to educate college aged men around the country by introducing them to mentors such as CEOs, doctors, and athletes. I am excited to work for a company that works every day to better the lives of others. I will be working for the Nelson Leadership Institute in Lakeland, Florida.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded a BA degree in Psychology at the Winter Commencement ceremony that was held on December 17, 2016!  This list includes double majors, those graduating with distinction, and those graduating from the Honor's Program!  Well done!!!

Nicole Brigham

Olivia Hess
Psychology and Religion
Magna Cum Laude

Edward Hunt
Business Administration and Psychology
Cum Laude

Dendara Oakleaf
Summa Cum Laude
Honors Program

Marissa Scott

Friday, December 16, 2016

Internship Opportunity

Shana Miller, Director of the Help Me Grow Program for Coshocton and Knox Counties, is looking for students who are in need of an internship.  She tells us that three years ago she graduated from college and was immediately given a full-time position with this organization.  She attributes this, in part, to an internship that she completed with Help Me Grow while she was still in school.  If any students are interested in getting more information about this  possibility, contact Ms. Miller at (740) 622 - 1552 ext. 3 or via email at

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Summary of Psychology Department Research Activities, Fall 2016

The fall 2016 semester was a busy one for the Psychology Department. Over the course of the semester 13 researchers (both students and faculty) collected data from 178 participants (PSYC 101 students) who make up our participant pool. The department ran a total of 14 different research projects and, overall, our participants earned 1,333 research 'credits'. As one credit amounts to 15 minutes worth of research participation, this equates to more than 330 continuous hours of data collection over the course of the semester. Students that were involved in this research were doing data collection as part of a class (PSYC 310), as a research assistant to one of our departmental faculty, or as an independent study (PSYC 498). The results of many of these studies will be presented at URCA and the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in the spring of 2017. Overall, it was a productive semester in the research lab!

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.