First Summer Session begins
Tuesday, May 28, noon - noon
Second Summer Session begins
Monday, June 17, noon - noon
Location: Oswego and vicinity
Thursday, June 6, noon - noon
Thursday, June 20, noon - noon
The Department of Psychology at Oswego is committed to excellence in teaching, research and public service and provides students with experiences that integrate those three components of the educational experience.Students in both majors, Psychology and Human Development, are provided with a strong foundation based on the scientific basis of human behavior and the breadth of scope of the disciplines. Student participation in faculty research, internships and service learning are the hallmarks of the educational experience in the Department of Psychology at Oswego.Our undergraduate programs provide students with the necessary background for graduate study and entry level employment.
Events for Spring 2012
February 9 - Candidate Dr. Nicholas Altieri for Cognitive Science and Psychology Faculty Position
Dr. Altieri will meet with students at 10:15-10:45am in Campus Center 220. Dr. Altieri will also give a Job talk/presentation at 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Campus Center 211.
February 21 - Candidate Dr. Ion Juvina for Cognitive Science and Psychology Faculty Position
Dr. Juvina will meet with students at 10-10:30am in Campus Center 220. Dr. Juvina will also give a Job talk/presentation at 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Campus Center 114, entitled "Generalization of Learning in Games of Strategic Interaction".
February 24 - Candidate Dr. Theo Rhodes for Cognitive Science and Psychology Faculty Position
Dr. Rhodes will meet with students at 1:45-2:15 p.m. in Campus Center 220. Dr. Rhodes will also give a Job talk/presentation at 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Campus Center 211, entitled "Cognition as Foraging".
Events for Fall 2011
November 7 Genetic Epidemiology of Psychiatric Disorders and the Pursuit of Biomarkers -- Dr. Stephen Glatt, SUNY Upstate Medical (Lanigan 107)Psi Chi will be hosting a guest speaker from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Dr. Glatt will be representing his field of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He will be discussing Upstate Medical's graduate school programs along with the genetic epidemiology of psychiatric disorders and the pursuit of bio markers.
Events for Spring 2011
March 2 Participation in a Culturally Competent Immersion Protocol Experience in Haiti -- Dr. Roger Brooks, Dr. Barbara Streets, Dr. Karen Wolford (Mahar 214)
Students and faculty will present on the immersion experience in Haiti during January 2011 and the one year anniversary of last year's devastating earthquake.
May 2 Psychology Department Awards Ceremony (Mahar 467)
This end of the year ceremony will recognize the efforts of students who have contributed to undergraduate research activity as well as winners of awards in Psychology and Human Development.
Events for Fall 2010
(all programs are at 12:40 on Wednesdays)
Sept. 15 Psychology Dept. Welcome Event (467 Mahar)
This is a chance to meet members of the Psychology Department and learn more about the department’s offerings. Light refreshments will be provided.
Sept. 29 Learning, Emotion and Technology—Dr. Taylor (214 Mahar)
Few would disagree that students’ emotions (or affective states) can play an important role in the learning process. However, the complex and dynamic relationship between students’ learning and affective states is not yet well understood. How can we obtain the necessary data to detect and classify these affective states, and then connect them with the students’ learning activities?
In this talk, I’ll first describe the development of an instrument called an “Affect Map,” designed to provide a quick and relatively unobtrusive way for individuals to give repeated quantitative self –reports of their affective states. Second, I’ll share preliminary results from a recent educational research study that utilized “Affect Sensors” – advanced technologies that automatically detect students’ affective states from their facial expressions and posture – as well as the study’s potential implications for instruction.
Oct. 13 What Can We Learn From Blinking—Dr. Bacher (214 Mahar)
The rate of spontaneous eye blinking (SEB) has been a useful index of central dopamine (DA) system function in adult human and non-human primates. Research in psychopathology (Parkinsonism, schizophrenia), neuropharmacology (direct manipulations of DA), and cognition (working memory) demonstrate the validity of SEB as a behavioral marker of DA function in adults. Although many questions remain about the mechanisms of the DA-SB relationship, using SB during infancy holds promise in investigations related to the development of DA systems. I will present data from a longitudinal study of SEB in infants that shows relationships between SEB and temperament. In closing, I will offer suggestions for other ways that SEB might be useful to explore the mechanisms of behavioral development during infancy. Understanding the developmental changes in these systems might be useful for identifying and remediating developmental problems.
Oct. 27 Age Differences in Emotional Processing—Dr. Leclerc (214 Mahar)
Previous research has indicated preferential processing for emotional stimuli in our environment. Recent research has begun to establish the neural mechanisms of the processing of emotional information in younger adults, however, little is known about such processing in older adults. Moreover, research has yet to attempt to distinguish the neural mechanisms that younger and older adults use to process emotional information at relatively automatic (i.e., uninfluenced by conscious processes) versus controlled stages (i.e., deliberative processing for use in higher order cognitive processes). The research I will discuss will attempt to fill these voids by examining the behavioral performance effects and the corresponding neural networks supporting the relatively automatic and controlled processing of emotional information in both younger and older adults. Specifically, this research suggests that even given similar behavioral findings, younger and older adults seem to recruit very different networks of brain regions to process emotional information both at more superficial and deeper levels of processing.
Events for Spring 2010
March 3 Psychology Graduate Information Session -- Dr. Karen Wolford and Dr. Damian Schofield (204 Mahar Hall)
The Psychology Department will present information on 5-year joint undergraduate/graduate programs: PSY BA/MA HCI program and the HCI MA program, PSY BA/MBA programs and other programs may be discussed.
April 28 Brain Development and Environmental Pollutants in Teenagers -- Dr. Paul Stewart (106 Lanigan)
Psychology Department: Persistent organic pollutants in the environment, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and methylmercury (MeHg) have been a continuing public health concern. In the past few decades, a number of studies have linked exposure to these contaminants to deleterious changes in behavior in children, such as mildly impaired cognitive functions and/or reduced intelligence (IQ). However, the public remains largely unaware of the relative magnitude and consistency/inconsistency in these associations or their importance relative to other factors that affect children's cognitive development. In other words, are PCBs really an important concern for children's health? This talk has a twofold goal: first, to review recent data examining the relationship between PCB and MeHg exposure and brain development via MRI findings from the Oswego Children's Study, and second, to more broadly contextualize the importance and magnitude of the findings in a way that neither the press, nor many scientists, do adequately.
May 5 Psychology Department Awards Ceremony (467 Mahar Hall)
This end of year ceremony will recognize the efforts of students who have contributed to undergraduate research activity as well as winners of awards in Psychology and Human Development.