Alexis Nagle (’18) was honored for her research efforts at the 2018 Midwestern Psychology Conference in Chicago, IL. Her work with Dr. Stacy Freiheit investigated the perceptions of trauma survivors. Congratulations to Alexis for this prestigious award!
The psychology department was proud to honor our newest inductees to the national honors society of psychology, Psi Chi. We wish all our new Psi Chi members the best!
Many students were accepted to present at the annual Midwestern Psychology Conference in Chicago, IL. This year was one of our best for Augsburg student research posters at the conference!
Many of our students attended the 2017 Midwest Psychology Association annual conference in Chicago, IL.
Students from around the state visited the Augsburg campus on April 23rd, 2016 to present their research findings and network with their peers. Keynote speaker Gary Wells discussed his research on the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Check out some of our accomplished undergraduate researchers showing off their final posters!
2016 Midwestern Psychological Association conference with Katie Burger ’16
2016 American Psychological Association convention with Bruce Clark ’16
Meeting up with Dr. Justin Gauthier ’09 at the 2016 American Psychological Association convention. Dr. Gauthier received the 2016 APA Division 56 Outstanding Poster Award.
Following Brian William’s recent public episode of false recollection, psychology department faculty member Bridget Robinson-Riegler was interviewed to explain the science behind the all-too-common phenomenon of false memory. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/02/05/good-question-how-do-our-memories-work/
The Augsburg Environmental Psychology class recently completed an annual assessment of a campus environmental factor. This year students chose to investigate campus accessibility for various disabilities. They found many positive points for accessibility on campus, but also some features where improvements could increase the convenience for students. In an assignment called Environmental Treasure Hunt the class had to imagine being in a wheel chair and getting from the Mortensen Dormitory to chapel. Other campus assessments completed in past years included use of nature, esthetic/artistic elements, and safety. These assessments are forwarded to the office handling buildings and grounds at Augsburg.
The National Academy of Sciences recently issued a report that resoundingly supports the findings of eyewitness scientists. The report is of particular interest to Augsburg: Dr.
Nancy Steblay of the Psychology Department has been a strong contributor to eyewitness research, often with the laboratory assistance of Augsburg students. Dr. Steblay was one of the
eyewitness scientists who testified before the NAS in Washington, DC as the NAS committee began their review of eyewitness science. The report recommends best practices that law enforcement agencies and courts should follow to improve the likelihood that eyewitness identifications used in criminal cases will be accurate. Science has provided an increasingly clear picture of the inherent limits in human visual perception and memory that can lead to errors, as well as the ways that law enforcement processes can compromise eyewitness identifications, the report says. Dr. Steblay’s research has focused on the revision of police identification procedures as a means to reduce eyewitness error.