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Our low faculty-to-student ratio allows us to provide all psychology majors with hands-on learning experiences. These include the directed research, where the student works closely with a faculty member on an experiment of mutual interest (see faculty research interests).

The research experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply information learned in the classroom, as well as acquire a number of skills sought after by employers, namely, critical thinking, problem solving, working in teams, and communication skills.

Clarkson student psychology research projects are often presented at undergraduate research meetings, scientific meetings, and occasionally are published as research articles. Examples include:

Recent (last 3 years) Student Presentations at the Clarkson University Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and at scientific meetings (Clarkson students in bold):

Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experience, Clarkson University. 

2016

Bedell, V., Lydick, J., Treat, J. & Wilke, A. (April, 2016). Spatial dependency in local resource distributions. Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), 18th Annual Spring Meeting, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Chase, A. & Knack, J.M. (April, 2016). Anticipated daily stress and perceived social stress affects the cortisol awakening response. Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), 18th Annual Spring Meeting, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Ebert, J., Wolf, K., Liszczynskyj, N., & Dowman, R. (April, 2016) Mechanisms underlying attentional bias towards pain. Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), 18th Annual Spring Meeting, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Helfgott, A., & Legault, L. (April, 2016) The Socio-Motivational Antecedents and Self-Regulatory Consequences of Psychopathy. Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), 18th Annual Spring Meeting, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Jurchak, K., & Legault, L. (April, 2016) The Role of Humility in Reducing Implicit Race Bias. Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), 18th Annual Spring Meeting, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Lydick, J., Schlaeg, L., Plaza, J., & Wilke, A. PURC: Psychology Undergraduate Research Club. Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), 18th Annual Spring Meeting, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

McTamaney, K., Cuddeback, D., Sharlow, B., Williams, S., Loiacano, A., Hannan, M., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2016). Single versus multiple social stressors differentially effects blood glucose levels and self regulation. Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), 18th Annual Spring Meeting, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

2015

Bedell, V., Scheibehenne, B., Gaissmaier, W., Barrett, H. C. & Wilke, A. (April 2015). Illusionary pattern detection in habitual gamblers. Poster presented at the 9th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), Boston, USA.

Coleman, D., & Legault, L. (2015, May). Examining the Interplay of Autonomy Support and Mindfulness in Prejudice Reduction. Presented at the 27th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, NY, NY.

Helfgott, A. (2015, April). The socio-motivational antecedents of psychopathy. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experience, Clarkson University.

Kramer, S., Pasquariello, K.Z., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2015). The Big Five and their influence on self-regulation. Poster presented at 17th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Legault, L., & Coleman, D. (2015, June). Personal autonomy reduces implicit prejudice by increasing awareness. In K. Spencer (Chair), Controlling implicit bias: Roles of autonomy, motivation, and strategic interventions. Meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Washington, D.C.

Liszczynskyj, N., Furland, K., Dowman, R. Mechanisms Underlying the Attentional Bias Toward Pain. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University, April 2015.

Plaza, J., Liss, J. & Wilke, A. (April 2015). A literature review on the hot hand phenomenon and the gambler’s fallacy. Poster presented at the 9th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), Boston, USA.

Rector, N. (April, 2015). The role of autonomous motivation in goal switching. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experience, Clarkson University. Winner, best poster.

Robinson, D., Langen, T., Skufca, J., Todd, P. M. & Wilke, A. (April 2015). A game of hide and seek: Expectations of clumpy resources influence hiding and searching patterns. Poster presented at the 9th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), Boston, USA.

Schlaeg, L., Sherman, A., Mondal, S., Fitzgerald, C., Kruger, D. J. & Wilke, A. (April 2015). An evolutionary domain-specific risk-taking scale. Poster presented at the 9th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), Boston, USA.

Welsch, J., Liss, J., Plaza, J., Sherman, A. & Wilke, A. (April 2015). Construct validity and behavioral correlates of the evolutionary domain-specific risk scale. Paper presented at the 9th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), Boston, USA.

2014

Cardin, N., Towne, Z. & Dowman R. (April, 2014) Attention bias towards biologically significant stimuli. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University.

Colbert, P.A., Guillemin, C. & Dowman, R. (April, 2014) Attention bias towards positive emotional stimuli: An event-related potential study. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University.

Davis, C., & Legault, L. (March, 2014). Impact of Emotional Acceptance on Goal Regulation and Self-Control. Annual Statewide Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Davis, C., & Legault, L. (April, 2014). Impact of Mindfulness on Self-Control. Presented at McNair Research Conference, Buffalo, NY.

Ellis, A., & Wilke, A. (April 2014). Identifying behavioral trends among college students’ video game and internet use. Paper presented at the 16th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

Gibbons, A. & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). The effects of peer victimization on memory. Poster presented at 20th Annual McNair Research Conference, University of Buffalo, Potsdam, NY.

Gibbons, A. & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). The effects of peer victimization on memory. Poster presented at 17th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Granger, L., Siegfried, E., Fowler, M., Gibson, K., Marrott, J., Fowler, K., & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). Design and assessment of a STEM mentoring program for geographically isolated students. Poster presented at 17th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Helfgott, A., & Legault, L. (July, 2014). Role of Psychopathy in Self-Control. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experience, Clarkson University.

Knack, J.M. & Nassar, J. (March, 2014). Short and long term effects of peer victimization on diurnal and reactivity cortisol levels. Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Austin, Texas.

Lindsay, A., Ebert, J. & Wilke, A. (April 2014). PYCTS: A multi-user credit system to track undergraduate psychology research experience. Poster presented at the 16th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

Liss, J., Plaza, J., & Wilke, A. (April 2014). Behavioral correlates of the evolutionary domain-specific risk scale. Poster presented at the 8th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), New Paltz, USA.

Mitchell, J., & Legault, L. (March, 2014). Integrating Ethnic Identity into the Self. Annual Statewide Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Morales, M., Pasquariello, K.Z., & Knack, J.M. (March, 2014). Examining the interaction between forgiveness and type of pain memory on indirect aggression. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Morales, M., Pasquariello, K., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014). Forgive and Forget: Examining the Interaction Between Forgiveness and Type of Pain Memory on Indirect Aggression and Threatened Psychological Needs. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual CSTEP Conference at Sagamore, Lake George, NY.

Pasquariello, K. & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014). Preliminary evidence that recalling pain memories affect self-regulation. Presentation presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Pelosi, M., & Legault, L. (April, 2014). Distinguishing between Active vs. Passive Need Fulfillment. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experience, Clarkson University.

Plaza, J., Liss, J., & Wilke, A. (April 2014). Behavioral correlates of the evolutionary domain-specific risk scale. Poster presented at the 16th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

Popsie, C., Cook, M., & Knack, J.M. (March, 2014). PTSD symptoms mediate the relationship between peer victimization and physical health in college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Ray, K., & Legault, L. (July, 2014). Alternative Pathways to Wellbeing: Differentiating Active vs. Passive Fulfillment of the Need for Autonomy. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experience, Clarkson University.

Romano, T. & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014). Forgive and forget: Examining the interaction between forgiveness and type of pain memory on indirect aggression and threatened psychological needs. Presentation presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Shafer, S., Hennessey, C., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014).Relationships between perceived stress, salivary cortisol levels, and physical health. Presentation presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Welsch, J., Sherman, A. & Wilke, A. (April 2014). Construct validity of the evolutionary domain-specific risk scale. Poster presented at the 8th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), New Paltz, USA.

Williams, S., Sharlow, B., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014).Effects of social stressors and self-regulating tasks on blood glucose. Poster presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Wormwood, A., Wilder, S., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014). Does intuition predict poorer mental health in people who are bullied?. Poster presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Wormwood, A., Wilder, S., & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). Peer victimization, mental health, and cognitive processing. Poster presented at 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

Wormwood, A., Wilder, S., & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). Peer victimization, mental health, and cognitive processing. Poster presented at 17th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

 

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