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The Macalester Psychology Department offers many opportunities for collaborative student-faculty research. Here, Professor Brooke Lea works with research assistants in a study of text processing.

Research is a fundamental aspect of the Psychology Department. All faculty maintain active research programs, and students play a crucial role as collaborators and research assistants.

All Psychology majors conduct their own independent empirical projects through the Directed Research in Psychology course, and some students opt to conduct even more intensive research through our Honors program.

In addition, students can apply for additional research opportunities both on- and off-campus.

If you are interested in participating in research at Macalester, please be sure to look at our research policies and procedures.

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Over the past three years, 35 students have co-authored presentations at national professional meetings and 10 students have co-authored publications in top psychology journals.

Professor Kendrick Brown and his research assistants Nkayo Drepaul ’12 (Minneapolis, Minn.), Hannah Johnson ’10 (Two Harbors, Minn.), Jade Johnson ’12 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Carolyn Klingensmith ’10 (New York, N.Y.) presented a poster on their research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference held in Las Vegas in January 2010.

Faith Kwon ’11 (Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.) worked with Rachel Lucas-Thompson on a student-faculty summer research collaboration investigating the effects of marital conflict exposure on the physiological and emotional stress responses of adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18.

Ann Baltzer ’10 (Bismarck, N.D.) received the American Psychological Association Division 34’s award for outstanding undergraduate research paper for her project entitled “The Effect of Green Priming on Environmental Concern.”

Sara Gottlieb ’10 (Woodbridge, Conn.) presented her research “The concept of the ‘biological clock’ pressures women to accelerate important life choices” at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference held in Las Vegas in January 2010.

Chelsea Voskuilen ’10 (Bothell, Wash.) worked with Prof. Brooke Lea on a student-faculty summer research collaboration investigating memory and rhyme in poetry comprehension in which she compared experts in rhyme (rap artists, poets, and English professors) with novices.

Lisa Weinberg ’10 (Bethesda, Md.) was one of eight undergraduates nationwide to receive an APA summer science fellowship, an intensive summer training program where students work with outstanding researchers for up to seven weeks.

Amanda Wenzel ’10 (Green Bay, Wis.) worked with Dr. Ann Masten at the University of Minnesota as part of the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Krista Yank ’09 (St. Paul, Minn.) presented her research “Beyond Orgasm: The Effects of Males’ Exposure to Pornography on Sexual Objectification and Motives for Sex” at the Association for Psychological Science annual convention held in San Francisco in May 2009.

Thirty-one students accompanied Professor Eric Wiertelak on a January term trip to Australia to explore the evolutionary roots of animal behavior.