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Department of Psychological Sciences

Featured Research

Graduate student Catherine Steele, undergraduate student Jesseca Pirkle, and Dr. Kim Kirkpatrick recently published "Diet-induced impulsivity: Effects of a high-fat and a high-sugar diet on impulsive choice in rats" in PLOS ONE. The study suggests that the Western diet itself may create challenges for individuals to exercise the self-control needed to live a healthier lifestyle, thus creating a potential pathway to obesity. This study has been reported on several TV News stations, as shown above.  


Jaws slides

Dr. Les Loschky and colleagues published "What Would Jaws Do? The Tyranny of Film" in PLOS ONE. The study suggests viewers may have limited cognitive control of their eye movements while trying to understand films. The work is already receiving national attention (AAAS). 


Personality word cloud

Dr. Wendong Li and his collaborators published an article in the top journal for industrial/organizational psychologists, the Journal of Applied Psychology.  "Reciprocal Relationship Between Proactive Personality and Work Characteristics" documents how work experiences can shape someone's personality and vice versa.  Dr. Li's contributions to genetics and work environments was also featured in a recent interview in The Industrial Organizational Psychologist (p. 57).  


younger millenials

An article by Dr. Young and his graduate student, Tony McCoy, titled "Millennials and chocolate product ethics: Saying one thing and doing another"published in Food Quality and Preference was featured in Confectionary News as well as a range of other media outlets across the world. 



Dr. Kirkpatrick and her students, Aaron Smith and Andrew Marshall, published research titled "Mechanisms of impulsive choice: II. Time-based interventions to improve self-control" in Behavioral Processes.  The work was featured in Science Daily as well as other media outlets.


Research Areas

Behavioral Neuroscience/Animal Learning
Cognitive/Human Factors