Research Opportunities for Students

Behavioral Biology Lab, 3201 Psychology Building

The Behavioral Biology Lab is currently investigating invertebrates to better understand pharmacological and environmental factors that influence invertebrate cognition. We are studying the domestic house cricket (Acheta domestica) as an invertebrate model for both classical and operant learning experiments. These studies explore sensory processes and selective drug effects on behavior. We are also studying the habituation and sensitization on Eisenia hortensis (also known as the European nightcrawler). We plan to start running some other associative conditioning experiments too. Eventually we plan to examine the effects of drugs and environmental pollutants on their learning and behavior. Undergraduate research assistants will be needed to help run the learning trials and measure behavioral responses. If you are interested in learning more or participating in research plesae contact Dr. Browne at or Dr. Rodefer at

Check out this article in the Bonfire: Hands-On Learning: VSU Student Gains Research Experience in New Behavioral Biology Lab

Human Factors and Performance Laboratory, 3216 Psychology Building


The Human Factors and Performance Laboratory is currently investigating the relationship of technology and human behavior across age. Current and future research includes experiments on changes in walking behaviors when texting, impact of caffeine on memory performance, and how technology distractions influences safety of decision making while driving in a driving simulator. If you are interested in volunteering in the lab please contact Dr. Chuck Talor at 249-4914 or

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, 3218 Psychology Building

We are currently examining brain laterality for affective words and memory, hemispheric encoding and retrieval asymmetry (HERA), and other lexical decision based experiments. Other research continuing to be performed is on technology, internet use and aging related questions. Since I only have very few openings in the lab each year I have to be quite selective. The preferred qualifications for students working in the lab are: Undergraduate GPA of over 3.0, at least a B in both 3500 and 3600 and you must have at least one full year left here at VSU. If you are interested in assisting in the lab, please contact Dr. Browne at for a lab application sheet. See for more information.

Cross-National Research Lab and Psychology Czech Study Abroad, 3219 Psychology Building

The Cross-National Lab research areas including lifespan computer simulations, life course review, and gerotranscendence. Specific areas include: 1. Projective aging (how young and older adults perceive what their life will be like in old age); 2. Reverse ageism and older adult perceptions of the younger generation; 3. The use of coping strategies across the life-span (e.g., social comparisons, human agency , social support, and perceived control); 4. Health-related use of the Internet by older adults and chronically ill younger adults; 5. Psychological Comfort across the lifespan; 6. Adult age-related differences in decision-making and satisficing vs. maximizing (optimizing) behavior; 7. Cross-national research. If you are interested in volunteering in the developmental lab please contact Dr. Steven Kohn at 229-333-5979 or

Addictive Behaviors Laboratory, 3221 Psychology Building

The Addictive Behaviors Lab explores cognitive factors and topics related to drug use and various addictive behaviors such as impulsivity, decision making and gambling. If you are interested in volunteering in the lab please contact Dr. Rodefer at 229-293-6296 or 

Identity and Career Development Laboratory, 3211 Psychology Building

The Identity and Career Development Laboratory explores how young adults set career goals, including factors related to choosing your major in college, career choice, and resolution of conflicts between working while going to college. In addition, we are examining the reasons people affiliate into special interest groups, such as personality characteristics of gamers, people who attend sports and fandom events, and individuals who obtain tattoos. If you are interested in volunteering in the lab please contact Dr. Chuck Talor at 249-4914 or

 Industrial-Organizational Laboratory, 2200 Psychology Building

The Industrial-Organizational lab is focused on investigating a variety of areas that can influence employee performance and organizational outcomes. Currently, our Occupational Health and Safety lab is exploring the “Perceptions of Safety on Campus” which delves into how safe employees feel on Valdosta State’s campus and the effect that has on employee performance. The lab is also researching how demographical variables influence an employee’s perception when witnessing workplace violence. If you are interested in joining the I/O lab, please contact Dr. Bauer at