Experimental Psychology

The Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology provides a core base of knowledge upon which students specialize in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, or neuroscience. Our program is rigorous, collegial, and student-centered.

We offer training in diverse and sophisticated methods and conduct first-rate, cutting-edge research. As students progress through the program, course work, research, and mentorship become individually tailored to each student’s particular interests.

The first two years of the program are focused on coursework, culminating in a written thesis and oral defense in the second year. The thesis and defense satisfy the requirements for a non-terminal master’s degree. The student then develops a third-year project to further specialize their learning. At this time, students develop and teach their own classes as an instructor of record. The remaining time is devoted to research, including the doctoral dissertation.

Our graduates are highly competitive on the job market, obtaining jobs at such places as Swarthmore, McDaniel College, and Dartmouth.

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Faculty Areas of Specialization


Cognitive Psychology

Denise Beike: autobiographical memory; emotion
Connie Lamm: neural correlates of self-regulation
Jim Lampinen: human memory; eyewitness testimony; false memory; recognition of missing or wanted persons; dual process models
Bill Levine: cognitive and affective processes involved in language comprehension
Lisa Margulus: music perception and cognition; music and language; narrative experiences of music; aesthetic perception
Nate Parks: visual and motor plasticity; EEG; brain stimulation
Darya Zabelina: neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention; executive function; creativity; imagination; mindfulness


Developmental Psychology
 

Doug Behrend: language and cognitive development; accent and dialect preferences; understanding of privileged information
Connie Lamm: neural correlates of self-regulation
Ellen Leen-Feldner: development of anxiety among adolescents 


Social Psychology
 

Denise Beike: autobiographical memory; emotion
Scott Eidelman: political psychology; social and moral attitudes; stereotyping and prejudice
Patrick Forscher: discrimination; values; field experiments; methods and statistics 


Neuroscience
 

Connie Lamm: neural correlates of self-regulation
Nate Parks: visual and motor plasticity; EEG; brain stimulation
Darya Zabelina: neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention; executive function; creativity; imagination; mindfulness