Psychology Facilities

The Department of Psychology supports nine laboratories and research facilities that are used by faculty and students for their research projects. They are also used for instructional purposes, particularly in the experimental and clinical courses.

While the faculty who take primary responsibility for each of the laboratories and facilities are usually involved in teaching and research carried out in them, they are open to all faculty as well as to faculty-sponsored student research projects. In fact, students are actively involved in the running of most of the research in the Department of Psychology. Finally, space is also available most of the time, on an ad hoc basis, for research that does not require the use of special equipment.

 Biological and Cognitive Psychology Labs

Animal Lab (H. Molenda-Figueira)

The Animal Laboratory is used for conducting research studies using animal subjects, primarily rodents.  It is equipped with computerized testing and data collection equipment and Skinner boxes for conducting experiments in animal behavior. The lab also has an adjoining facility for housing small animals. 

Cognition and Attention Laboratory (P. Conley)

The Cognition Laboratory is a computer based facility with four computers in separate subject booths. Established in 1988, it is the oldest of the modern suite of computerized labs in the Department of Psychology. The laboratory is focused on research in human attention and memory. Instructions, practice trials and experimental trials are all presented to human subjects under program control and their responses on each trial collected with millisecond accuracy. This lab also runs experiments using the E-Prime experiment authoring system. 

Spindler Memory and Applied Cognition Lab (R. Nemeth)

The Spindler Perception Laboratory houses four computer stations equipped for memory and applied cognition research. Software that can be used for experimentation includes MediaLab which enables experimenters to author programs that will run experiments on these machines with precise and systematic stimulus presentation and response collection procedures. A variety of issues in memory and applied cognition including juror decision-making are investigated in this laboratory. 

 Clinical and Counseling Psychology Labs

Beck Videotaping Facility (J. Magyar)

The Beck Videotaping Facility provides counseling practicum students the opportunity to conduct videotaped counseling sessions in preparation for class critiques of counseling performance. Importantly, the facility supports experiential learning crucial to students who aspire to careers in professions such as clinical, counseling, and school psychology. This facility primarily serves students in our undergraduate introductory counseling practicum courses. 

Beck Biofeedback Facility

The Beck Biofeedback Laboratory offers students enrolled in classes such as the Health Psychology and Counseling Practicum courses the opportunity to learn about mind-body interactions.  For example, laboratory participants are provided supervised opportunities to experiment with voluntary self-regulation of physiological functioning such as muscle tension and skin temperature by altering thought processes and through the modification of environmental stimuli.  While our laboratory is dedicated to providing educational experiences for students, it should be noted that biofeedback training is used in a number of professional settings for the treatment of medical and psychological disorders.

Counseling Psychology Laboratory (J. Magyar)

In this shared laboratory facility, the student members of J. Magyar-Moe’s research group work with her on a variety of research projects exploring topics related to positive psychology, therapy process and outcome, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The group utilizes the lab facility to conduct research meetings, to plan research projects and complete Institutional Review Board applications, to create research surveys, to enter data using SPSS software, to code open-ended data, and to write up results. Additionally, the lab is also used to prepare posters and presentations for local, state, and national conferences. In the future, studies utilizing Psychology 110 students and community participants are possible, and therefore the lab space would be used for completion of self-report measures, interviews, and focus groups.

 Developmental and Social Psychology Labs

Developmental Psychology Laboratory

In this shared laboratory facility, students members work on a line of research exploring the topic of parental involvement in students’ educational activities. The group utilizes the facility to conduct lab group meetings, do literature reviews using computerized databases, run studies with Psychology 110 students, enter data using SPSS software, conduct statistical analyses, and write up the results. Additionally, the lab is also used to prepare posters and presentations for conferences. Sometimes studies utilizing adolescents and their parents from the Stevens Point community, via local public schools, are conducted. The research methodology most frequently used in these non-experimental studies entails surveys. However, in the future we plan to use interviews and focus groups as well in conducting this research. Both quantitative and qualitative information gets obtained, and a theoretical emphasis is placed on the collaborative nature of human interactions within the context of family across the life-span.

Social and Environmental Psychology Laboratory (C. Wendorf and M. Ferguson)

This laboratory is dedicated to the design and analysis of research in social, cultural, and environmental psychology. The laboratory houses two fully-networked PCs that are used by faculty and students for data analysis and the preparation of manuscripts and presentations. The laboratory is also used for small group research and discussion.

Social and Gender Development Laboratory (E. Weisgram)

This laboratory is dedicated to the investigation of children's, adolescents', and adults' social attitudes and cognitions. The laboratory is equipped for stimulus creation using computers, design software, a scanner, and a color laser printer, data collection, data entry using computers and statistical software, and data analysis. Weekly lab meetings are also held in this facility. Each semester 2 to 4 students work in this lab. Topics of study include: gender and racial attitudes, occupational interests, academic achievement, women in science, occupational values, work-life balance, and many others.

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