Research in Psychology

Independent Research

  • Learn about the research process in an engaging way.
  • Original research projects completed during a sequence of three courses (PSY 270, 271, 370).
  • Independent studies under direct supervision of a faculty member available.
  • Opportunities to present at national conferences and publish in professional peer-reviewed journals in psychology.

EPA Conference-March 1-4, 2013 Students Present Research at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting

Seven students and their sponsor, Mary K. Reed, Ph.D., attended the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in New York City March 1-4, 2013. The students who attended were Amanda Bucher, Grant Glatfelter, Chynna Noll, Rafael Perez, Katelyn Romm, Colleen Russo and Jackie Savino. Colleen Russo's poster titled, Attitudes Towards Aging: The Influence of Positive Versus Negative Images and Color was awarded 4th place (out of 500 entries) in the poster competition. Colleen conducted her research under the direction of Joshua Landau and Perri Druen. Colleen's research examined how the types of images people see of older adults influence their attitudes toward older adults and their own aging. Participants were presented with a slideshow of 10 images of older adults that were either positive or negative and either in color or in black and white. Participants then indicated their estimated age of the individuals in the images and completed an aging opinion survey. As hypothesized participants who saw negative images had survey scores indicating more negative attitudes. Additionally estimations of the age of the individuals in the images were lower for both positive images and color images. This has implications for the types of images of older adults in the media, as they have been found to influence people's attitudes toward older adults and their own aging.