Psychological Science Research Laboratories
Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research projects, some of which are supported by grant funds.
Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback Laboratory - This laboratory provides students with the opportunity to conduct basic and applied research related to behavioral assessment and treatment of biomedical disorders (e.g., headache, chronic pain, Parkinson's Disease.) State of the art, eight-channel computer-based and stand-alone equipment for biomonitoring and biofeedback of cardiac, electrodermal, electromyographic, and peripheral temperature response modalities is available.
Computer Laboratory - This resource is intended for use of students and faculty. It provides access to 27 computers that are equipped with the latest versions of major statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS & Statview). The lab can be used for word processing as well as statistical analysis. Open lab hours vary by semester.
Experimental Psychology Laboratory - This lab is used for conducting research in a variety of areas in experimental psychology, including cognition, perception, psycholinguistics, and social psychology. This includes research designed by students enrolled in the Research Design & Analysis I and II courses as well as individual student projects under faculty supervision, research done for master's theses, and research designed by faculty with student research assistants collecting data.
Eye Tracking Laboratory - The lab is equipped to track users' gaze patterns and correlate where they are looking on the computer screen with the information presented on the screen. Eyetracking has been used extensively in a variety of industries including driving, advertising, psychology, and many others. Currently Dr. Carter is using eyetracking to explore phylogenetic responses and human memory.
Neurocognition Laboratory - This resource is equipped to measure and analyze a variety of biosignals including brainactivity (EEG), eye movements(EOG), heart activity (EKG), and skin conductance (SCR) among others. Equipment also exists to perform comprehensive eye examinations. Recent and current projects in the lab involve examining brain activity as it relates to various memory and emotional processes as well as the effects of visual deficits on cognitive functioning.
Social Issues and Assessment of Learning Laboratory - This lab provides resources to support applied research in psychology, with a particular emphasis on diversity (e.g., vocational issues relevant to disenfranchised groups, such as women and ethnic minorities; factors linked to successful aging; sociocultural factors associated with an increased risk of disordered eating among women; changes in students’ understanding of diversity within themselves and perceptions of others and across years in college). Other work emanating from this lab includes research on the scholarship of teaching and learning such as tracking the development of skills across years in the psychology program.
Virtual Reality Laboratory - This resource utilizes a computer with virtual reality software along with goggles, platform, and a scent module. The laboratory can create virtual environments that simulate flying in an aircraft, public speaking, heights, and other scenarios. UCM was the first Psychology department in the country to incorporate VR technology into the undergraduate curriculum, where it is used to improve understanding of treatment methods for anxiety disorders and substance cravings.