Faculty in the department of psychology lead a variety of active research programs. Below is a listing of research labs that are currently active in the department. Click on the titles to visit the lab websites.
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BEhavior, sTereoType, and pErformance Research Lab (BETTER Lab)
The BETTER Lab examines how a variety of social contexts and constructs influence behavior and performance. One big area of interest in this lab is understanding what motivates us, what drives us to act one way versus another way in order to achieve a goal, and why and how certain aspects of a situation influence us while others do not. Another area of interest is in stereotypes and implicit biases, and how these influence our behavior. For example, this lab investigates juries and how implicit biases impact their verdicts and decision-making. In a nutshell, our research aims to understand how can we better our behavior and performance?
LuMoS Lab (Learning Memory and Sleep)
The Lumos Lab aims to better understand the functions of sleep, and how sleep specifically benefits learning, emotions, and memory. Sleep is examined in multiple populations, including preschool nappers, college students, and older adults. This lab also explores the role of sleep in ADHD and anxiety, and how sleep might be affected by improved nutrition and exercise.
(CALL) Conditions, Awareness, and Learning Lab
Research investigates factors that promote personal and intellectual engagement with learning, including characteristics of conditions (like the environments in the home, workplace, or classroom) that help individuals approach knowledge acquisition in a positive and engaged fashion. Our research also examines the associations between personal and intellectual awareness and overall well-being in life.
Research in CAMP is also involved in visual cognition, theory of mind and learning, cognition and instruction. These questions are pursued through a variety of methods aimed at exploring both basic and applied aspects of research. A primary area of research revolves around the question of why it is often difficult to search for multiple objects at once. This question, as well how we mentally represent objects during visual search, is best revealed through monitoring eye movements during various visual search tasks. By understanding the basic question of how we represent objects to guide search, we may better understand more critical applied research questions such as how to improve visual search for airport security screeners. A secondary area of research is devoted to investigating projects in applied cognitive and educational research.