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Honors and Awards

New Faculty

Dr. Catherine Forestell
Prof. Catherine Forestell

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada: Ph.D. Experimental Psychology;
University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB, Canada: B.Sc. in Biopsychology.

Flavor and food preference development in children; understanding how early flavor experiences and feeding interactions affect children’s hedonic judgments and their intake of foods; identification of strategies that increase children’s liking and consumption of healthful foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Course Information

Freshman seminar topic

This spring visiting Associate Professor Christy Porter taught a new freshman seminar on Drug Use. The course description reads as follows: This course covers several topics related to the use of illicit and recreational drugs.  Discussions will include theoretical perspectives on altered states of consciousness, drug use and addiction; perceptions of the authenticity of drug-related experience; social aspects of sobriety, intoxication, prohibition and deviance; drug use in subcultural identity, and contemporary trends linking drug use and criminal behavior.

Other New Courses

311. Cognitive Psychology.
The course examines human cognition. Topics include: perception, action, attention, memory, thinking, and language. Students will be introduced to the major theoretical perspectives and important empirical research findings from related fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience.

315. Foundations of Learning and Memory.
Explores the basis of complex human and animal behavior from a general-process approach seeking to understand evolved processes of learning that apply to many different situations. Topics: why behavior changes, classical and instrumental conditioning, punishment, biological basis of learning, and animal cognition.

417. Research in Sensation & Perception.
The course is concerned with the processes by which persons come to understand their environment. It considers what changes in the environment stimulate the senses and how the nervous system operates on this change to form projections about the real world. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.

Miscellaneous news

  • Professor Robert Barnet received tenure and will be on research leave during 2007-2008 academic year.
  • Professor Joe Galano will also be on research leave during 2007-2008 academic year.
  • Professor Peter Vishton is now the Director of Graduate studies succeeding Lee Kirkpatrick who held the position for 5 years.
  • Professor Harvey Langholtz will be on leave during academic year 2007-8 and working on a project for the United Nations. The U.N. has "hired" him to draft and edit training materials to be provided to UN peacekeepers on the topics of conflict resolution, civil-military coordination, gender issues in peacekeeping, human rights, child soldiers, and related topics. The project will include meetings at UN Headquarters and trips to several peacekeeping missions in Africa and the Middle East.
  • Professor Neill Watson organized and moderated a paper session, "Process and Outcome Measures for Person-Centered and Emotion-Focused Therapies," for the 38th annual conference of the international Society for Psychotherapy Research in June in Madison, WI. Brandon Bryan, who is an advanced student in the Psy.D. program, presented one of the papers.