Monday, September 1, 2014

How The Human Brain Gets Its Wrinkles

Students of psychology are well aware of the convoluted appearance of the human brain, which allows for a greater surface area of cortical tissue.  While the end result of a 'wrinkled' brain is a larger amount of brain area that can be devoted to complex mental processing, a question that has puzzled neuroscientists is how the brain develops in this way.  Click HERE to read a news release about research recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Edie Henthorne Experiences "AU in Germany"

My experience through the AU Germany Program was unforgettable. I had always wanted to travel to Europe and when I had heard about this program last Fall I knew this was my one chance to see a European country. Germany was beautiful and I liked seeing all aspects of the country. Unlike in America where everyone has a car, most Germans walk, ride bikes, or use the train for transportation. I really liked riding my bike with the other AU students in Wittenberg, the town which became our home for three weeks. Riding trains from city to city and going to restaurants to try German food and desserts was spectacular. My favorite cities to visit were Dresden, Leipzig, and Erfurt because they have so much history and are not built like any U.S. city. Shockingly, some of the cities are still being repaired from the damage of WWII. In general, everyone was friendly and willing to help even if they did not speak English.

I gained self-confidence by proving to myself that I can visit and navigate a foreign city without a guide. On my weekend excursion, two friends and I were able to get on a train, travel to Munich, visit a castle, and return to Wittenberg without any guidance. I was never afraid to walk to the local stores by myself in Wittenberg. Through this experience, I got to meet and become friends with 17 AU students and 3 AU teachers. All of teachers were amazing and willing to help in all aspects from class work, to food recommendations, to how to get train tickets. It is difficult to describe my entire trip with a few words, but it is defiantly a trip I would recommend for other AU students and I hope that I am able to return Germany one day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Internship Spotlight - Shelby Gaydosh

This summer I completed my second internship at Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (LCADA). LCADA is a non-profit organization to help those struggling with addiction. When I started my first summer at LCADA, I had no idea working with addicts was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

The first summer at LCADA I was able to assist with the suboxone program; the program designed to use medication (suboxone) to help the opiate addicts with withdrawal symptoms and to block the euphoric effects opiates have on the brain. I was able to observe the individual sessions, talk to the clients, drug test the clients, and sit in with the client and the doctor since suboxone is distributed by a doctor, not a counselor. The second summer at LCADA I was able to observe more of the counseling principles. I was able to sit in on assessments, individual sessions, and also family sessions. I was able to practice progress notes and treatment plans and receive constructive criticism for what I should change and also told what I did correctly.

Both internships at LCADA were very helpful to me for my future goals. Although I did not know that working with addicts is what I wanted to do, I know now that this is what I want. Working at LCADA gave me experience through observation, which is important because you cannot learn to counsel through a book. This internship helped prepare me for not only graduate school, but also my future career.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Psychology Majors Travel the World

This past summer students majoring in Psychology at Ashland University were busy traveling the world, participating in several study abroad programs.  Sara Amato, Mary Moeller, and Emily Wirtz spent four weeks in Costa Rica, while Edie Henthorne and Edward Hunt spent three weeks in Germany.  In the coming weeks some of these students will be sharing their experiences with us on the blog, so keep an eye out for their stories!  In the meantime, click HERE to read the AU press release on the Costa Rica trip, and click HERE to read the press release for the Germany trip.

"Meet the Researcher"

The Psychology Department will host its annual "Meet the Researcher Night" on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ronk Auditorium in Schar.  All students who are interested in being student research assistants, as well as students who are simply interested in hearing more about the research that is done in the Psychology Department at AU, are encouraged to attend.  Each of the Psychology professors will give a short, informal presentation about their areas of research.  There will be time left after that for questions and discussion.  We hope you will join us!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome Back!!

The Psychology Department would like to welcome all of our new incoming freshmen, as well as welcome back our returning students.  We look forward to having you in our classes as well as having you work in the laboratory!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dr. Metzger Has Moved....

Hi Everyone!  If you're looking for Dr. Metzger in his old office, you won't find him there.  He has moved offices to the other end of the building, and can now be found in 155 Schar.  His telephone extension remains 5008.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Search for Psychology's Lost Boy

Students of psychology are well aware of the story of "Little Albert", and many students are left wondering what ever became of psychology's most famous little boy.  Click HERE to read an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education which details a recent search for John Watson's famous subject.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Interested in Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Speech and Language Pathology?

Miami University (Ohio) will be offering three online courses during the 2014-15 academic year that may be of interest to students who wish to pursue a degree in Speech and Language Pathology.  These courses, Language Development, Aural Rehabilitation, and Phonetics, are often prerequisite courses for Master’s programs in speech-language pathology for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in the field.  Interested students can get more information by contacting Dr. Susan Brehm at (513) 529-2553 or