Psych Students Present Research, Honored

April 27th, 2014

Another Elkin Isaac Student Research Symposium has come and gone.  Five Psychological Science students received departmental awards, and two other students were honored by Concentrations overseen by the department.

  • Oren Shewach received the Heston Award as Outstanding Psychology Major.
  • Camille Haslinger and Danielle Wesolowicz received the Hogberg Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Emily Morlock won the Kirsten Metalonis Memorial Scholarship.
  • Jessica Glazier received the Kirsten Metalonis Summer Research Award.
  • Holly Paxton won the Ned Garvin Neuroscience Award.
  • Emma Schaff was the Outstanding Student in Human Services.

Dr. Drew Christopher, Professor of Psychological Science, received the Senior Teacher of the Year Award, an honor bestowed upon the professor who has had the most profound positive influence on students during the past year.

The Department of Psychological Science congratulates all of these outstanding individuals, and wishes all of its graduating seniors much happiness and success!

Internship & Practicum Meeting

October 18th, 2013

For sophomores and juniors interested in doing a practicum…


Meeting  Wednesday October 23, 7:00 pm, in Olin 341.

Be there!  Or contact Dr. Keyes with questions.

Cindy (Cardwell) Fast, ’08, Honored at National Meeting

September 30th, 2013

Cindy Fast with Pavlovian Society President Steve Maren.

Cindy (Cardwell) Fast, 2008 Albion Psychology and Neuroscience alum, received the 2013 Pavlovian Society Poster Award at the Society’s annual meeting, in Austin, TX on September 28.  The award acknowledged the quality of her research, which examines both brain and learning mechanisms that affect imagery in rats.  In brief, rats respond differently to a meaningful light if they cannot determine if it is illuminated compared to their response when they can see that it is not illuminated. The neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the hippocampus seems to be involved in mediating this imagery. Apparently if the rats cannot see the light, they imagine that it might be lit, and this imagery affects their behavior. Her work has implications for the understanding of both brain and learning mechanisms guiding behavior in ambiguous situations.  Fast is currently completing her PhD at UCLA.  Here’s the full information about her poster: “Learning History and Hippocampal Involvement in the Use of an Image under Ambiguous Situations” by Cynthia D. Fast, M. Melissa Flesher, Nathaniel A. Nocera, Michael S. Fanselow, & Aaron P. Blaisdell; University of California, Los Angeles.

The Pavlovian Society, founded in 1955, “is dedicated to the scientific study of behavior and promotion of interdisciplinary scientific communication.” Approximately 160 learning theorists and behavioral neuroscientists attended the meeting, from the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  For more information about the Society visit

Albion students present research

Holly Paxton (left), Melissa Baguzis, and Prof. Jeff Wilson.

Current students Holly Paxton and Melissa Baguzis also presented research at the meeting.  These students, who work with Psychological Science professor Jeff Wilson, examined learning in the earthworm. They found that earthworms in a running wheel can learn to turn off a light by crawling.  The demonstration of learning in the earthworm opens the door to further studies of the neural substrates of learning in these organisms, perhaps offering insight into how more complex animals learn.

Welcome Back – Fall 2013!

August 26th, 2013

Welcome back!  It’s a new academic year, and the department has lots in store for its majors.  Bookmark this page and return frequently so that you don’t miss exciting announcements, and visit the department’s home page for information about faculty, courses, requirements, etc.

See Senior, Junior, & New Major Meeting info.

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Some upcoming events:

New Psych Major meeting: October 8, 7:00 pm in Olin 232

New to the major?  Attend the meeting for important information!

Psych students were engaged in lots of exciting research over the summer, including studies focused on

If you want to get involved in research, speak with a professor whose research is especially fascinating to you, or ask your advisor about opportunities in the department.

We are located in Olin Hall, 3rd floor. If you’re thinking about a career in Psycholgy, come talk with us!