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Our low faculty-to-student ratio allows us to provide all psychology majors with hands-on learning experiences. These include the directed research, where the student works closely with a faculty member on an experiment of mutual interest (see faculty research interests).

The research experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply information learned in the classroom, as well as acquire a number of skills sought after by employers, namely, critical thinking, problem solving, working in teams, and communication skills.

Clarkson student psychology research projects are often presented at undergraduate research meetings, scientific meetings, and occasionally are published as research articles. Examples include:

Recent (last 3 years) Student Presentations at the Clarkson University Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and at scientific meetings (Clarkson students in bold):

2013

Best, T., Lindsay, A., & Wilke, A. PYCTS: A multi-user credit system to track undergraduate psychology research experience. Poster presented at the 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

Brown, J., Ellis, A., & Wilke, A. Psychological factors involved in playing multiline slot machines. Poster presented at the 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

Colbert, P. & Dowman, R. Attentional Bias towards Positive Emotional Stimuli. . Poster presented at the 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

Davis, C. & Legault, L. The Role of Emotional Acceptance in the Link between Motivation and Self-Regulation. Poster presented at the 16th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

DeFruscio, A. & Dowman, R. Constructing a LabView Program for ERP Studies. Poster presented at the 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

Dowman, R., Toia, A, DeFruscio, A. & Colbert, P. Erotica Enhances Attentional Disengage and Reorienting: The Roles of Arousal, Pleasantness, and Goal Relevance,  Psychonomic Annual Meeting, Toronto CA, Nov 14-17, 2013

Knack, J.M., Towns, B.L., & Artus, S. (April, 2013). The missing link: The role of PTSD symptoms in peer victimization and poor physical health. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Knapp, S. & Legault, L. The Roles of Motivation and Mindfulness in Racial Bias. . Paper presented at the 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

McCanney, P., Wood, A., Barrett, H. C., Scheibehenne, B., & Wilke, A. Sequential decision making and illusionary pattern detection in gamblers. Paper presented at the 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

McCanney, P., Wood, A., Sherman, A., Scheibehenne, B., Gaissmaier, W., Barrett, H. C., & Wilke, A. Sequential decision making and illusionary pattern detection in gamblers. Paper presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Miami, USA.

Mitchell, J. & Legault, L. The motivational antecedents and group consequences of group identity integration. . Poster presented at 15th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Morales, M. & Knack, J.M. (March, 2013). Examining the linguistic style used to recall past and current pain experiences. Poster presented at the 21st Annual CSTEP Conference at the Sagamore, Lake George, NY.

Munz, H., Minich, S., Mata, R., & Wilke, A. Age differences in adaptive information foraging. Poster presented at the 14th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

Nassar, J. & Knack, J.M. (April, 2013). Effects of peer victimization during an acute social stressor. Presentation presented at 14th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Nassar, J., Morales, M., & Knack, J.M. (March, 2013). Examining the linguistic style used to recall past and current pain experiences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York City, NY.

Pyke, K.  & Legault, L. Effects of Autonomy on the Integration of Group Identity. Poster presented at 15th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Rebhun, J. & Knack, J.M. (April, 2013). Effects of intimate partner violence on cognitive performance. Poster presented at 14th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Shannon, W., Fowler, K. & Dowman, R. Model parameter calibration for threat detection in the brain.  Poster presented at 15th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Sherman, A., Minich, S., Langen, T., Skufca, J., & Wilke, A. The influence of past and present living environments: Are current risk assessments shaped by the dangers of our childhood environment? Paper presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Miami, USA.

Steele, M.J. & Knack, J.M. (April, 2013). Effects of peer victimization on cognitive performance. *Poster presented at 14th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Sussman, J. & Knack, J.M. (April, 2013). Salivary cortisol levels mediate the effects of peer victimization on physical health. Poster presented at 14th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Wilke, A., Minich, S., Panis, M., Langen, T., & Todd, P. M. A game of hide and seek: Expectations of clumpy resources influence hiding and searching patterns in a sequential multi-person game. Paper presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Miami, USA.

Wood, A., McCanney, P., Barrett, H. C., Scheibehenne, B., & Wilke, A. Sequential decision making and illusionary pattern detection in gamblers. Paper presented at the 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

2012
Artus, S. & Knack, J. (2012) Stressed and Sick? Examining Whether Social Stressors Predict Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome. 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Casas, S. & Langen. T. (2012) Hunger Games: Ant Edition. Clarkson University 15th Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Cholhan, L.  & Knack, J. (2012). Effects of Social Stress on Cognitive Performance. Clarkson University 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Christopherson, B. & Dowman, R. (2012) The Role of Elementary Stimulus Features in the Attentional Bias towards Somatic Threats. Clarkson University 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


DeFruscio, A.  & Dowman, R. (2012). The Effects of Threat on Spatial Attentional Capture of Visual Stimuli. Clarkson University 15th Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


DeFruscio, A. & Dowman, R. (2012). Previous Trial Effects on the Attentional Capture of Somatosensory Stimuli. Clarkson University 15th Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


McCanny, P. & Wilke, A., (2012). Sequential Decision Making and Illusionary Pattern Detection in Gamblers. Clarkson University 15th Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


McCanney, P. Kruger, D. J., Fitzgerald, C., & Wilke, A. (2012). An evolutionary valid domain-specific risk-taking scale. Poster presented at the 24nd annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Albuquerque, USA.


Minich, S.  & Wilke, A. (2012) Can Hoarding Studies from Animal Behavior Inform us how Humans Hide and Search for Resources? An Experimental Test. Clarkson University 15th Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Minich, S., Panis, M., McCanney, P., Wood, A., Langen, T., Todd, P. M., & Wilke, A. (2012). Can animal hoarding studies inform us about how humans hide and search for resources? Poster presented at the 24nd annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Albuquerque, USA.


Morales, M. & Knack, J.M. (July, 2012). Effects of recalling social and physical pain experiences on self-regulation, mood, and psychological needs. Presented at McNair Research Conference, Buffalo, NY.


Morales, M.  & Knack, J. (2012). Effects of Recalling Social and Physical Pain Experiences on Self-Regulation, Pain, and Psychological Needs. Clarkson University 15th Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Munz, H.  & Wilke, A. (2012). Age Differences in Adaptive Information Foraging. Clarkson University 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Panis, M. & Wilke, A. (2012) Can Hoarding Studies from Animal Behavior Inform us How Humans Hide and Search for Resources? 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Panis, M.  & Wilke, A. (2012). Expectations of Clumpy Resources Influence Choice of Environment to Search In. Clarkson University 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Racette, L., Wilke, A. & Hou, Daqing. (2012) Visualization of Data in More Than Three Dimensions. Clarkson University 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Sherman, A., Minich, S., Langen, T., Skufca, J., & Wilke, A. (2012). The influence of past and present living environments on human risk-taking propensity. Poster presented at the 1st Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Canada.


Starowicz, J. & Dowman, R. Unexpected Pain Shifts Attention to the Exploration Mode. Clarkson University 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Toia, A. & Dowman, R.  (2012) Cognitive Processes Underlying the Attentional Bias towards Positive Emotional Stimuli. Clarkson University 15th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Wood, A. & Wilke, A. (2012). Sequential Decision Making and Illusionary Pattern Detection in Gamblers. Clarkson University 15th Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Wood, A., Mata, R., & Wilke, A. (2012). Age differences in adaptive information foraging. Poster presented at the 18th annual McNair Research Conference, Buffalo, USA.


Wood, A., Mata, R., & Wilke, A. (2012). Age differences in adaptive information foraging. Poster presented at the 24nd annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Albuquerque, USA.

2011
Apau, G., Sherman, A., Minich, S., Langen, T., Skufca, J., & Wilke, A. (August 2011). Early environment and life-history variables. Poster presented at the 14th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Carey, N., Dorchies, G., & Dowman, R. Evidence for sensitization of somatic threat detectors in the human brain. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University, April 2011


Colello, L., Platek, M., Curdt, B., Mata, R., & Wilke, A. (April 2011). Information foraging in a patchy memory environment. Poster presented at the 5th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), Binghamton, USA.


Curdt, B., Kruger, D. J., & Wilke, A. (April 2011). An evolutionary valid domain-specific risk-taking scale. Paper presented at the 5th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), Binghamton, New York, USA.


Foti, S., Mondal, S., & Norton, T. A Look at the Daily Grind: Caffeine use in Clarkson Students. 14th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Minich, S., Sherman, A., Apau, G., Langen, T., Skufca, J., & Wilke, A. (August 2011). Early environment and life-history variables: Effects on risk taking propensity. Paper presented at the 14th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.

Minich, S., Sherman, A., Langen, T., Skufca, J., & Wilke, A. (2011). Life-history traits and human risk-taking behavior. Paper presented at the 3rd Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics (NIMBioS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.


Ross, C., Chen, X., & Wilke, A. (April 2011). Expectations of clumpy resources influence predictions of sequential events. Poster presented at the 5th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), Binghamton, USA.


Sherman, A., Minich, S., Apau, G., Langen, T., Skufca, J., & Wilke, A. (August 2011). Early environment and life-history variables: Effects on risk perception and behavior. Paper presented at the 14th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Sherman, A., Minich, S., Langen, T., Skufca, J., & Wilke, A. (2011) The influence of past and present living environments on human risk-taking propensity. Paper presented at the 3rd Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics (NIMBioS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.


Sherman, A., Ross, C., Colello, L., & Wilke, A. (April 2011). Early environment and life-history variables: Effects of subsequent risk-perception and behavior when going out for the night. Poster presented at the 5th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), Binghamton, USA.


Toia, A. & Dowman, R. Cognitive processes underlying underlying the attentional bias towards biological threats. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University, July 2011


2010
Bain, D., & Wilke, A. (April 2010). Sex differences in risk attitudes and victimization rates. Poster presented at the 11th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Curdt, B., Morgan, A., Bain, D., Barrett, H. C., & Wilke, A. (April 2010). Cognitive adaptations for resource search. Poster presented at the 11th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Christopherson B., Rogers M. 2010 (13th) Annual Summer SURE Conference: Mathematically modeling stress induced decision making in blue jays and college students.


Christopherson B., Rogers M. 2010 (13th) Mathematical Association of America Mathfest 2010: Mathematically modeling stress induced decision making in blue jays and college students.


Dowman, R., Quinn, J., & Sieg, E. Mechanisms Underlying the Capture of Attention by Somatic Threats. American Psychological Society 22nd Annual Meeting, Boston MA May 27-30, 2010.


Drouin, K., Dowman R. Modeling how the brain detects threats. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University, July 2010


Felch J. 2010 (13th) Annual Summer SURE Conference: perceptual and economic factors affecting choice


Morgan, A., Curdt, B., Bain, D., Barrett, H. C., & Wilke, A. (March 2010). Cognitive adaptations for resource search. Poster presented at the 4th annual meeting of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), New York, USA.


More F., Murray B  2010 (12th) Annual Spring SURE Conference: Diet choice under risk by black-capped chickadees.


Preston, R., Carey, N., Mata, R., & Wilke, A. (April 2010). Information foraging in a patchy memory environment. Poster presented at the 11th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Preston, R., Carey, N., Mata, R., & Wilke, A. (March 2010). Information foraging in a patchy memory environment. Poster presented at the 4th annual meeting of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), New York, USA.


Preston, R., Carey, N., Mata, R., & Wilke, A. (April 2010). Information foraging in a patchy memory environment. Poster presented at the 11th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA.


Rolleston M., 2010 (13th) Annual Summer SURE Conference: perceptual and economic factors affecting choice


Samuels, K., Van Arsdale, S., Dowman, R. Mechanisms of detecting and orienting attention towards threats to the body. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University, April 2010


Sieg, E., Dowman, R. Cognitive processes underlying the attentional bias towards threats to the body. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University, April 2010


Walrath T., Murray B   2010 (12th) Annual Spring SURE Conference: Selection of seeds by black-capped chickadees passed on spatial location and mass.

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