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 behavior. These studies explore sensory processes and selective drug effects on behavior. We are also studying habituation and sensitization processes on Eisenia hortensis (also known as the European nightcrawler) and Dugesisa tigrina (planaria). 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 please contact Dr. Browne at blbrowne@valdosta.edu.

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

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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 crtalor@valdosta.edu

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, 3218 Psychology Building

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We are currently examining brain laterality for affective words and memory, hemispheric encoding and retrieval asymmetry (HERA), stress and memory, and other lexical decision based experiments. Other research continuing to be performed is on technology, FoMO, internet use and aging related questions. If you are interested in assisting in the lab 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 blbrowne@valdosta.edu.

See http://mypages.valdosta.edu/blbrowne for more information.

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

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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 sjkohn@valdosta.edu


Identity and Career Development Laboratory, 3211 Psychology Building

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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 crtalor@valdosta.edu

Psychometrics Lab

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The psychometrics lab investigates the affective, behavioral, and cognitive factors that influence a wide range of human behaviors and attitudes, as well as the implementation of the scientific method.  Past research projects have examined how gender and self-esteem influence academic narcissism, as well as developing an scale to assess gender identity attitudes.  We prefer for students to have minimum GPA of 2.90, completion of PSYC 3500, and available at least 2 hours a week.  If you are interested in volunteering in the lab, then please contact Dr. Whatley (229-293-6320 or mwhatley@valdosta.edu) or Dr. Wasieleski (229-333-5620 or dwasiele@valdosta.edu).