Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Marine Animals Used for Underwater Mine Detection

Students of psychology should realize the importance of behavior modification techniques that are seen in all aspects of daily living.  Utilization of reinforcement procedures has long been demonstrated to increase behavior of both humans and animals, and a recent news article shows how dolphins and sea lions have been trained to detect underwater mines and swimmers who are in restricted areas.  Click HERE to read the complete story from the Lodi-News Sentinel (California).

Friday, April 10, 2015

Psychology Students Present at URCA

The Psychology Department was well-represented at the 6th annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) symposium that was held on April 8th.  Students who presented were Amanda Mayes, Ashley Keres, Melissa Smith, Sara Amato, Edie Henthorne, Nicole Brigham, Jimmy Lentine, Emily Shrider, Sara Lautzenhiser, Olivia Perna, Emily Embrescia, and Mary Moeller.  Congratulations on a job well done!!

Amanda Mayes 

Nicole Brigham and Jimmy Lentine

Friday, April 3, 2015

Psychology Department Inducts 16 Students to Psi Chi

Sixteen psychology students were inducted into Psi Chi, the honorary society for psychology, on Thursday, March 26th. The induction ceremony was led by Psi Chi officers Melissa Smith and Shelby Gaydosh. Congratulations to Sara Amato, Jillian Bajaksouzian, Derek Baker, Molly Brys, Kathryn Budzik, Lisa Coey, Emily Embrescia, Olivia Hess, Alicia Jones, Ashley Keres, Megan Maguire, Margo Miller, Kara Smith, Lydia Smith, Courtney Troyer, and Melanie Ward!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Psychology Students to Defend Honors Program Theses

Senior Psychology majors Amanda Mayes and Mary Moeller will be defending their Honors Program theses in April. Amanda will be defending her thesis, "The Affective Forecasting Error: Predicting Negative Affect," on Thursday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m. in Schar 104. Mary will be defending her thesis, "Factors that Affect Peer Grading," on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Ronk Auditorium. Both of these events are open to students, faculty, family, and friends. Please consider coming out to show your support as Amanda and Mary present their work!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Foundation for Biomedical Research

Students of psychology should be well aware of the importance of animal research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.  The Foundation for Biomedical Research blog compiles a plethora of information that highlights the ways in which animal research benefits both animals and humans.  Click HERE to check out this rich source of information.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Psi Chi to Induct 16 New Members

AU's local chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, is set to induct 16 new members on March 26th. The new inductees include Sara Amato, Jillian Bajaksouzian, Derek Baker, Molly Brys, Kathryn Budzik, Lisa Coey, Emily Embrescia, Olivia Hess, Alicia Jones, Ashley Keres, Megan Maguire, Margo Miller, Kara Smith, Lydia Smith, Courtney Troyer, and Melanie Ward. Students who are selected for membership have a declared major or minor in Psychology and have met rigorous academic criteria. Congratulations to these tremendous students!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

M.A. Program in Gerontology at Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University is announcing a new Master of Arts in Gerontology.  The program is among the few in the country that trains professionals to directly work with, advocate for, educate others about, and investigate issues surrounding our growing population of older adults.  As part of the interdisciplinary curriculum, students gain both research and applied skills working with faculty and doing internships with community partners.  Importantly, these skills translate into diverse job opportunities or preparation for admission to doctoral level programs.  Gerontology is often misunderstood by students, yet is a burgeoning field with an attractive job outlook.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Tiffany Hughes at or visit the website HERE.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Legal "Personhood" for Non-Humans?

Many of you may not be aware of this, but several recent court decisions may have a large impact on the way that psychologists and biomedical researchers conduct animal research in the future.  The State of New York Supreme Court recently ruled that “Tommy the Chimpanzee” should not be granted legal “personhood” status (click HERE for a story from the Washington Post).  However, late last year an Argentinian court ruled in favor of an orangutan in a habeas corpus case (click HERE to read that story from the Washington Post).  What the ramifications of these decisions are for animals in zoos, circuses, and those used in biomedical and behavioral research will surely be realized in the near future.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Attention!!! Job and Internship Fair

OFIC CareerFest - Job and Internship Fair
Friday, February 6, 2015 from 10:00 - 3:00
Aladdin Shrine Center, Columbus, Ohio

If you're looking for a job or an internship, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 100 organizations in one place and on one day!

A chartered bus has been reserved for students who would like transportation from Ashland University to the event and back.  You do not have to ride the bus to attend, but it is recommended.  The bus will leave AU at 9:00am, and a $10.00 refundable deposit is required to confirm your seat on the bus.  For more information, contact the Career Services Center.  Professional dress is required to attend the event, and you should also have professional resumes printed on resume paper for each employer you wish to speak with.  

You must register for the event and can do so here:  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Psychology Major Featured on AU Facebook Page

Congratulations to Psychology student Emily Embrescia, who was recently featured on the Ashland University Facebook page.  Her spotlight, which highlighted her recent research activities in the department, and can be found HERE.  Congratulations Emily!