Monday, May 18, 2015

Psychology Majors Perform Well on National Test



This past spring 16 graduating psychology majors completed an examination of psychological knowledge by taking the Psychology Area Concentration Achievement Test (PACAT).  The PACAT measures student knowledge in six foundational areas of the discipline and this exam is used by our department to improve student learning and make data-driven decisions about our curriculum.  This year's examinees were tested on their knowledge in the areas of abnormal, developmental, experimental design, history and systems, personality, and social psychology.  This year's group scored better than 72% of the 5,064 students nationally who also took this exam.  Congratulations!!  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Psychology Graduates

Congratulations to the following Psychology majors who graduated from Ashland Univeristy during spring commencement on May 9, 2015!!


Nicholas Adkins, Magna Cum Laude

Crystal Ankney, Cum Laude

Nicole Austin, Magna Cum Laude

Tesla Baich

Hank Benton

Patti Brown

Kelsey Dropsey

Courtney Galligher

Shelby Gaydosh

Edie Henthorne, Magna Cum Laude

Sara Lautzenhiser, Summa Cum Laude, Gamma Alpha Kappa

Amanda Mayes, Magna Cum Laude, Gamma Alpha Kappa

Mary Moeller, Magna Cum Laude

 Taylor Nervi

Hannah Neumeyer

Morgan Phillips

Melanie Poorman

Brittney Van Riper

Megan Winkler


Friday, May 8, 2015

Summary of Research Activities, Spring 2015 Semester


Over the course of the spring semester the students and faculty in the Psychology Department were busy with data collection.  A total of 21 researchers (both students and faculty) collected data from participants in our pool, which amounted to over 375 total hours of data collection.  Data were gathered for 18 different studies, including studies where data was gathered "face to face" and others where online data collection procedures were used.  Overall, it was a fruitful semester in the laboratory, which resulted in a number of student presentations at the spring URCA symposium and presentations by both students and faculty at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Leadership and Service Nominees

Students and faculty were recently recognized for their dedication to Ashland University at the 28th Annual Leadership and Service Recognition Reception on April 19th.  At that reception, the following individuals were nominated for a variety of catagories:

Nick Slinger - Emerging Leader Award

Mary Moeller - Outstanding Campus Leader Award

Hannah Neumeyer - Outstanding Campus Leader Award

Dr. Chris Chartier - Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year

In addition to these nominees, Nicole Austin, Shelby Gaydosh, Edie Henthorne, and Morgan Phillips were selected into Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  Congratulations to all for these outstanding achievements!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Academic Honors Convocation Student Awards

Congratulations to the following students who earned awards at the annual Academic Honors Convocation on April 19th.  Olivia Hess was named the psychology department's Sophomore Award winner, Emily Shrider was named the Junior Award winner, and Mary Moeller was named the Senior Award winner.  This is an outstanding achievement, so please join us in congratulating them!!

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.