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The psychological sciences faculty are interested in the dynamic processes of human development from infancy through adulthood, how these processes influence functioning of the individual, and the individual's relationships with others. Faculty research interests and ongoing research activities are focused in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology and social/personality psychology.



Developmental research and course opportunities span topics in social-emotional, cognitive, and language development. Faculty research in social-emotional development includes the study of social relations in childhood and adolescence, childhood aggression, emotional regulation, children’s attitudes and behaviors related to food and weight, children’s self-perceptions, parent-child relations and family processes, intimate relationships in adolescence and adulthood, and social cognition in autism. Research in cognitive development includes infant perception, development of social cognition, cognitive processing during infancy and childhood, emotion regulation and aging, and neurocognitive development. Language development research includes the study of language acquisition, language disorders, preverbal communication, and infants’ and children’s speech and auditory processing.


Faculty Research Areas In Developmental Psychology
Research Area
Shayla Holub Parenting, Socialization of Eating Behaviors and Weight Attitudes, Self-Perceptions
Mandy Maguire Neurocognitive Development (Using ERPs) and Language
Candice Mills Development of Social Cognition and Critical Thinking
Jackie Nelson Parenting, Family Stress, Emotional Processes within the Family System; Children's Emotional Development
Margaret Owen Parenting and Family Processes, Early Childcare, Self Regulation and School Readiness
John Santrock Family Processes and Adolescent Development
Noah Sasson Social Cognition in Autism
Melanie Spence Developmental Psychology Infant Perception and Learning
Marion K. Underwood Anger, Aggression, Gender and Children's Peer Relationships




Research opportunities and supporting coursework in this area include topics in traditional cognitive psychology as well as cognitive neuroscience. Faculty research includes studies of visual, taste and face perception, memory, music cognition, text comprehension, and speech and discourse. Within the area of cognitive neuroscience, research is ongoing in neurolinguistics, aging, working memory, neurobiology of learning, memory and emotions, computational neural modeling, social attention and perception in autism, and functional brain imaging.


Faculty Research Areas In Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Area
Herve Abdi Memory and Cognition, Quantitative Models, Neuroimaging, Genomics
Peter Assmann Speech Perception and Psychoacoustics
James Bartlett Memory and Cognition, Aging
Chandramallika Basak Cognitive Aging and Plasticity
Jay Dowling Memory and Cognition, Audition, Music Cognition
Francesca Filbey Neurogenetics of Addictive Behavior
Richard Golden Quantitative Models in Cognition
Kristen Kennedy Healthy Aging of Brain Structure, Function and Cognition
Daniel Krawczyk Cognition and Neuroscience of Reasoning, Memory and Attention
Mandy Maguire Neurocognitive Development (Using ERPs) and Language
Candice Mills Development of Social Cognition and Critical Thinking
Alice O'Toole Visual Perception, Quantitative Models
Karen Rodrigue  
Bart Rypma Cognitive and Neural Bases of Working Memory and Aging
Noah Sasson Social Cognition in Autism
Melanie Spence Infant Perception and Learning
Sven Vanneste

Auditory and Integrative Neuroscience

Gagan Wig Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory, Brain Networks and Aging




Research in this area spans social and personality psychology, with heavy connections to other areas in psychology. Research on interpersonal, group processes, and individual differences includes romantic attraction, relationship development, relationship maintenance, family dynamics, dyadic data analysis, personality assessment, and narcissism. Research on social cognition includes cultural and social-class differences in reasoning and social orientation, weight stigma, judgment and decision making in children, and social perception in adults and atypical populations.


Faculty Research Areas In Social/Personality Psychology
Research Area
Robert Ackerman Individual Differences in Interpersonal Relationships
Shayla Holub Prejudice and Self-Perceptions
Candice Mills Development of Social Cognition and Critical Thinking
Bert Moore School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Jinkyung Na Cultural Differences in Social Orientation and Cognitive Style
Karen Prager Intimacy Development, Marital Relations and Depression
Noah Sasson Social Interest and Behavior in Autism



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