Psychology

Student Achievements

Julian Zhong '13, Ashley Swan '13 and Tacie Moskowitz '13 work with Professor of Psychology John Seamon in the Memory Lab at Wesleyan. The team is studying if a memory camera can help patients with Alzheimer’s disease.  (read more) 2/13

Psychological Science Headlines Race-Bias Paper by Bar-David '09
Eyal Bar-David '09, Wesleyan psychology major and New York University research assistant in the department of psychology's Phelps Lab, co-authored a paper asking whether "racial bias affects the way the brain represents information about social groups," published in the journal Psychological Science.  (read more)  2/13

Book by Goldberg '99 Examines Issues of Gay Parenthood
Abbie Goldberg '99 is the author of the new book Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood, published by New York University Press, which collects stories and empirical data from interviews with 70 gay men, taking a close look at societal and political issues in gay parenthood.  (read more)  2/13

Rodriguez Mosquera Co-Authors Article on Muslim's Emotions after 9/11 Anniversary 
Assistant Professor of Psychology Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera, together with Tasmiha Khan '12 and post-doc Arielle Selya, recently published an article in Cognition & Emotion titled, "Coping with the 10th anniversary of 9/11: Muslim Americans' sadness, fear, and anger."  (read more)  1/13

Chapter by Sanislow, Regan '13, da Cruz '11 Published in Personality Disorder Handbook
Assistant Professor of Psychology Charles "Chuck" Sanislow, Liz Reagan '13 and Katie da Cruz '11 the co-authors of a chapter titled "Avoidant Personality Disorder, Traits, and Type," published in The Oxford Handbook for Personality Disorders, Oxford University Press. Katie da Cruz is currently working on her Ph.D in school psychology at Michigan State.  (read more) 12/12

Muellers '12, Khan '12 Help Bangladesh Village Access Clean Water
Kimberly Muellers '12, communications director for the nonprofit Brighter Dawns, spent part of her post-graduation summer in Bangladesh, helping provide a village with access to clean water. (read more) 11/12

Ribner '14 Studying Spatial Navigation, Early Number Knowledge
University major Andrew Ribner '14 is working in the Cognitive Development Lab this summer. He's also a photographer, a campus tour guide and a baker.  Q&As with outstanding students is an occasional feature of The Wesleyan Connection. (read more)  7/12

Khan '12, of Brighter Dawns, Attends White House Event
Tasmiha Khan '12, founder of Brighter Dawns, a charitable organization committed to improving health in the slums of Bangladesh, was invited to the White House to participate in a forum to discuss the important role that faith-based social innovators play in expanding opportunity and addressing social issues.  (read more)  7/12

Publication by Jessica Sullivan '08 and Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and behavior.
A publication on the relationship between our concepts of space and time: "Active (not passive) spatial imagery primes temporal judgments" published in the June issue of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 7/12

Sanislow, Bartolini '11, Zoloth '10 Published in Human Behavior Encyclopedia
Charles Sanislow
, assistant professor of psychology, Ellen Bartolini '11; and Emma Zoloth '10 are the co-authors of an article on avoidant personality disorder, published in the Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition by the Elsevier imprint Academic Press, pages 257-266, 2012. (read more)  5/12

Student Group Brings Clean Water to Bangladesh
WTNH recently featured Brighter Dawns, a charity founded by Tasmiha Khan '12, which raises money to build latrines and wells in Bangladesh, where sanitation and access to clean water are serious issues. Tasmiha Khan and Kimberly Muellers '12  were both interviewed.    5/12

Lana Lana '12 received a Baden-Wurttemberg-Connecticut Exchange Grant for a one-year study in Germany.
The Baden-Wurttemberg Exchange Program offers students an opportunity to earn college credits in one of Germany's top nine universities. Students spend the academic year at the university they choose. (read more)  5/12

Dorisol Inoa '13 received the John G. Monroe Prize
The Monroe Prize (established in 1985 in honor of Professor John Monroe) is awarded every year to the Wesleyan sophomore or junior who submits the best scholarly essay in the field of African American Studies.

Corey Guilmette '13 Honored for Investor Responsibility Committee Efforts
Corey Guilmette '13, who is studying abroad in Spain this semester, is interested in socially responsible investments. He is double-majoring in government and psychology. (read more)   4/12

Psychology Seniors speak on their research for the McNair Fellow Presentation Series
Eleven Wesleyan seniors will speak on their undergraduate research projects during the Spring 2012 McNair Fellow Presentation Series,
Albert Maldonado '12 will present "Facilitating a conducive classroom environment. "His advisor is Robert Steele, professor of psychology. Presentation March 29
Nicole Long '12 will speak on "Representations of crimes and criminals in children's television." Her advisor is Sarah Carney, visiting assistant professor of psychology. Presentation April 12
Shipra Kanjlia '12 will present "Cognitive development of numerical representation: the role of corrective feedback." Her advisor is Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior. Presentation April 19
Matthew Figueroa '12 will speak on "The emotional effects of self-image threats." His advisor is Patricia Rodriguez-Mosquera, assistant professor of psychology. Presentation April 19.  (read more)  3/12

Student Volunteers Provide Education in India
Sam Douglas '12
 (a psychology major and director of research & development), over winter break with other Wesleyan students, traveled to India with the MINDS Foundation to complete the first phase of their three-phase program in India. The organization, founded by Appasani in 2010, is committed to eliminating the stigma of mental illness in developing nations. Through a grassroots approach, they provide educational, financial, medical, and moral support for patients suffering from mental illness in developing countries.  (read more)  3/12

Khan '12 is a "Young Woman to Look Out For"
In honor of International Women's Day, DoSomething.org named Tasmiha Khan '12 one of the "11 Young Women to Look Out For."  (read more)  3/12

Padilla '81 Appointed President of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
Frances Padilla '81,
 a psychology major, was appointed president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, a nonprofit that has lobbied for universal health care in the state.(read more)  3/12

Khan '12 Poster Accepted at the APS Annual Convention
Tasmiha Khan 
will present her poster 'Responses to Group Devaluation among American-Muslims" at the 2012 APS Annual Convention in Chicago in May. Prof. Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera is her PI/mentor. (2/12)

Undergraduates Present Research at Summer Poster Session
More than 80 undergraduates presented recent research at the Wesleyan Summer Research Poster Session July 29 in Exley Science Center. Psychology majors who participated were Eden Engel-Rebitzer '12 and Rebecca Lange '13.  (read more)  8/11

Conrad '81 Hired for GSA's Innovative Technologies Post
Kathy Prager Conrad '81
 was named the principal deputy associate administrator of the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. Honored as a Federal 100 award winner by Federal Computer Week in March, she was previously senior vice president of Jefferson Consulting Group.  At Wesleyan, she was a biology/psychology major. (read more) 6/11

Sullivan '08, Juhasz, Barth Published In Psychonomic Bulletin
Jessica Sullivan '08
, Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology; and Hilary Barth assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, are the co-authors of a paper titled, "Adults' number-line estimation strategies: Evidence from eye movements," published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Issue 18, pages 557-563, in June 2011. 5/11

Berkowitz '09 and Juhasz Published In Cognitive Processes Journal
Rachel Berkowitz '09
 and Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, are the co-authors of "Effects of morphological families on English compound word recognition: A multitask investigation," published in Language and Cognitive Processes, Issue 26, pages 653-682, in 2011.  5/11

Tasmiha Khan '12 Speaks at Yale's United for Sight Conference
Members of the student-run group, Brighter Dawns, participated in the Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation 2011 Conference April 16-17 at Yale University. (read more) 5/11

Brighter Dawns Receives Davis Project for Peace Grant
Wesleyan's student organization Brighter Dawns (founder, Tashmiha Khan '12), received a Davis United World College Project for Peace grant worth $10,000. The funds will support Brighter Dawns' "Water Sanitation Project" in Khalishpur, Bangladesh for eight weeks this summer.  (read more) 5/11

Psychology Students Present Work at Poster Session
The Department of Psychology Hosted a Poster Presentation April 28 In Zelnick Pavilion. (read more) 5/11

Christian Hoyos '11,Dominic Gibson '10, and Hannah Nam '08 Honored by NSF
Two psychology seniors and a recent alumnus were recognized in the National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship competition. (read more) 4/11

The Wesleyan McNair Program assists students from underrepresented groups in preparing for, entering, and progressing successfully through post-graduate education. On April 15th, Christian Hoyos '11 will speak on "Direction-of-transfer effects in Children's map use" with his mentor, Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology; and Matthew Narkaus '11 will speak on "Race Language in Psychological Experiments" with his advisor, Jill Morawski, professor of psychology and director of the Center for the Humanities. (read more) 4/11

Mauricio Delgado '95 was selected to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award from President Barack Obama. Prof. John Seamon was his mentor. (read more) (1/11)

David Gallo '95 was named one of the "Rising Stars" of today's young psychological scientists who have made great advancements in science, in the October 2007 issue of the Association for Psychological Science. (read more).  (10/07). In 2010, his article in the Journal Memory & Cognition received the Best Article Award by the Association of Psychological Science. Prof. John Seamon was his mentor. (1/11)