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!!
Monday, May 18, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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
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
Brittney Van Riper
Friday, May 8, 2015
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
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
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
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
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!!
Nicole Brigham and Jimmy Lentine
Friday, April 3, 2015
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
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
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.