Psychology

Research

Faculty Research

The psychology faculty at Illinois Wesleyan have a wide range of research interests. Faculty interests include clinical psychology, neuroscience, social psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, and sports psychology. See the faculty profile pages for more information.

To learn more about the psychology faculty's recent research and recent achievements, click here and scroll down to the psychology section.

Student Research

Participating in research can enrich and broaden psychology students' experience by giving them a taste of what a professional career in psychology could be like.  Students have many opportunities to collaborate with faculty members throughout the research process.

Participating in research builds experience that will add a great deal to a student's preparation for graduate school.  Students interested in gaining research experience may offer to help a faculty member with his or her ongoing research, assist a fourth-year student involved in the Undergraduate Thesis Program, or complete a project in the Undergraduate Thesis program as a fourth-year student.

Information about the Undergraduate Thesis Program

The thesis is an original, year-long research project for academic credit that is completed under the supervision of a project advisor from the Psychology Department.  After planning a research project, with the help of a faculty member, each student involved in the program will carry out the research and analyze his or her data.  The student then has the opportunity to present the study at the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference at the end of his or her senior year.  Traditionally the "best and brightest" psychology students have enrolled in the undergraduate thesis course at IWU, but many non-psychology majors have completed theses, and the course is not only for students planning to attend graduate school. To learn more, click the links below or speak to a faculty member in the Psychology Department!


Research Facilities

The psychology department is housed within the Center for Natural Sciences and includes facilities for conducting
electroencephalography, cognitive performance, and observational studies with human participants as well as learning and conditioning studies with rodents.

 

Observation Room 1

Observation Room 1

Observation Room 2

Observation Room 2

Control Room

Control Room

Pschophysiology Room

Psychophysiology Room

Behavioral Neuro Lab

Behavioral Lab 1

Behavioral Neuro Lab 2

Behavioral Lab 2

Experimental Lab 1

Experimental Lab 1

Experimental Lab 2

Experimental Lab 2