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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):

2014

Cardin, N., Towne, Z. & Dowman R. (April, 2014) Attention bias towards biologically significant stimuli. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University. 

Colbert, P.A., Guillemin, C. & Dowman, R. (April, 2014) Attention bias towards positive emotional stimuli: An event-related potential study. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experiences, Clarkson University. 

Davis, C., & Legault, L. (March, 2014). Impact of Emotional Acceptance on Goal Regulation and Self-Control. Annual Statewide Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Davis, C., & Legault, L. (April, 2014). Impact of Mindfulness on Self-Control.  Presented at McNair Research Conference, Buffalo, NY. 

Ellis, A., & Wilke, A. (April 2014). Identifying behavioral trends among college students’ video game and internet use. Paper presented at the 16th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA. 

Gibbons, A. & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). The effects of peer victimization on memory. Poster presented at 20th Annual McNair Research Conference, University of Buffalo, Potsdam, NY. 

Gibbons, A. & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). The effects of peer victimization on memory. Poster presented at 17th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. 

Granger, L., Siegfried, E., Fowler, M., Gibson, K., Marrott, J., Fowler, K., & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). Design and assessment of a STEM mentoring program for geographically isolated students. Poster presented at 17th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. 

Helfgott, A., & Legault, L. (July, 2014). Role of Psychopathy in Self-Control. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experience, Clarkson University. 

Knack, J.M. & Nassar, J. (March, 2014). Short and long term effects of peer victimization on diurnal and reactivity cortisol levels. Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Austin, Texas. 

Lindsay, A., Ebert, J. & Wilke, A. (April 2014). PYCTS: A multi-user credit system to track undergraduate psychology research experience. Poster presented at the 16th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA. 

Liss, J., Plaza, J., & Wilke, A. (April 2014). Behavioral correlates of the evolutionary domain-specific risk scale. Poster presented at the 8th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), New Paltz, USA. 

Mitchell, J., & Legault, L. (March, 2014). Integrating Ethnic Identity into the Self. Annual Statewide Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Morales, M., Pasquariello, K.Z., & Knack, J.M. (March, 2014). Examining the interaction between forgiveness and type of pain memory on indirect aggression. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 

Morales, M., Pasquariello, K., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014). Forgive and Forget: Examining the Interaction Between Forgiveness and Type of Pain Memory on Indirect Aggression and Threatened Psychological Needs. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual CSTEP Conference at Sagamore, Lake George, NY. 

Pasquariello, K.& Knack, J.M. (April, 2014). Preliminary evidence that recalling pain memories affect self-regulation. Presentation presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. 

Pelosi, M., & Legault, L. (April, 2014). Distinguishing between Active vs. Passive Need Fulfillment. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experience, Clarkson University. 

Plaza, J., Liss, J., & Wilke, A. (April 2014). Behavioral correlates of the evolutionary domain-specific risk scale. Poster presented at the 16th Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Potsdam, USA. 

Popsie, C., Cook, M., & Knack, J.M. (March, 2014). PTSD symptoms mediate the relationship between peer victimization and physical health in college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA. 

Ray, K., & Legault, L. (July, 2014). Alternative Pathways to Wellbeing: Differentiating Active vs. Passive Fulfillment of the Need for Autonomy. Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Experience, Clarkson University. 

Romano, T. & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014). Forgive and forget: Examining the interaction between forgiveness and type of pain memory on indirect aggression and threatened psychological needs. Presentation presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. 

Shafer, S., Hennessey, C., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014).Relationships between perceived stress, salivary cortisol levels, and physical health. Presentation presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. 

Welsch, J., Sherman, A. & Wilke, A. (April 2014). Construct validity of the evolutionary domain-specific risk scale. Poster presented at the 8th annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS), New Paltz, USA. 

Williams, S., Sharlow, B., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014).Effects of social stressors and self-regulating tasks on blood glucose. Poster presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. 

Wormwood, A., Wilder, S., & Knack, J.M. (April, 2014). Does intuition predict poorer mental health in people who are bullied?. Poster presented at 16th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. 

Wormwood, A., Wilder, S., & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). Peer victimization, mental health, and cognitive processing. Poster presented at 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. 

Wormwood, A., Wilder, S., & Knack, J.M. (July, 2014). Peer victimization, mental health, and cognitive processing. Poster presented at 17th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

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.

Clarkson offers 50 programs of study within three schools: the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, the School of Business, and the School of Arts & Sciences. Our historic strengths in business, engineering, liberal arts, and science remain at the core of the curriculum. But these programs have also been combined into cross-disciplinary majors, such as engineering and management, environmental science and policy, and digital arts and sciences.