Psychology Research Labs

Developmental Studies Lab

Dr. Leigh Bacher, Mahar 113

Learning and Emotion Lab (website)

Dr. Roger Taylor, Mahar 308C and 308D

The Learning & Emotion Lab is focused on uncovering the relationships between studets' learning and their emotional (i.e., affective) states. The research goals include refining psychological theory and developing educational applications, such as emotionally adaptive learning environments.

Emotion Processing Across Development

Dr. Christina Leclerc, Mahar 308A

We examine the social, emotional, and physiological mechanisms associated with various life stages.  Work with older adults, through collaborations with the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Boston College examines the neural mechanisms of age-related changes in the processing and use of emotional information.  Work with the Relationships Across Development lab at SUNY Oswego has begun to investigate the physiological and regulatory mechanisms of infant-mother attachment.  In addition, new projects have also begun to understand the perceptions and impact of breastfeeding on infant-father bonding.

Primate Behavior and Cognition Lab

Dr. Qing Liu, Mahar 306

Current projects include

  • Development of tool use in wild capuchin monkeys in Brazil
  • Vocal behavior of capuchin monkeys (in collaboration with Dr. Pat Izar at University of Sao Paulo and Dr Antonio Souto at Federal University of Pernambuco)
  • Development of tool use in young children and acquisition of new tool use skills in adults (in collaboration with Dr. Theo Rhodes)
  • Knowledge of evolution, worldview and attitude in college students (in collaboration with Dr. Kelly Chariton at UNCP)

Current RAs: Colleen Maney, Maggie Joel. Applications for Spring 2014 RA position will be accepted in January, 2014.