Developmental Psychology Laboratory (D. Palmer)
In this shared laboratory facility, the student members of D. Palmer’s research group work with her 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
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.