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Undergraduate Research

At Trinity, undergraduate students are able to participate in intensive research. Psychology students are involved of all aspects of research, including study design, data collection and analysis, and the preparation of publications and presentations.

Supervised Research and Laboratory Experience in Psychology

In Psychology, most students are actively engaged in research during the school year.  The Supervised Research course provides experience in research design and methodology.  With group and individual components, students work on projects associated with the research of a particular faculty member. Students often spend more than one semester involved in the same project, and sometimes they enroll for a second or third semester to work in different labs.  This course also sets the stage for some students to conduct their own thesis research in collaboration with a faculty member.  All of these research experiences strengthen a student’s graduate school or professional applications.

Summer Research

We also have a few projects we can conduct over the summer, as part of Trinity’s Summer Research program.  If students are interested in opportunities at other institutions, those provide other options.  

Past Student-Faculty Publications

Supression-Induced Reduction in the Specificity of Autobiographical Memories
Students Elizabeth Stephen and Amy Braid co-authored this paper published in Clinical Psychological Science with professor Paula Hertel.

I'm not just fat, I'm old: has the study of body image overlooked "old talk"?
Student Chelsey Werchan co-authored this paper published in the Journal of Eating Disorders with professor Carolyn Becker.

Children Use Different Clues to Guide Noun and Verb Extensions
Students Elaine Heard, Kolette Ring, Anushka Pai, and Julie Sallquist co-authored this paper published in Language Learning and Development with professor Janie Childers.

Why do Capuchin Monkeys Urine Wash? An Experimental Test of the Sexual Communication Hypothesis Using fMRI
Student Nick Holder co-authored this paper published in the American Journal of Primatology with professor Kimberley Phillips.