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December 2017

Dec. 14, 2017 -- COLA Poster Session, Senior Theses & Projects

All are welcome to attend!

College of Liberal Arts
Poster Session
Senior Theses & Projects

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Vignelli Center University Gallery
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Featuring Undergraduate Research from:
The Department of Psychology
The School of Communication
Museum Studies Program

Refreshments will be served!
Interpreters will be provided.

Undergraduate Students' Varied Research Presentations

Undergraduate psychology students presented their research at the Undergraduate College of Liberal Arts Poster Session on December 14, 2017.

The poster session showcased research conducted by students under the review of their Sr. Project psychology faculty advisors.

Student Research:
Roni Crumb - “The Impact of Video Games on Loneliness in Single and Multiplayer Conditions” (faculty advisor Dr. Stephanie Godleski)
Alicia Fitzsimmons -  “The Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Image Preference” (faculty advisor Dr. Tina Sutton)
David Frye -  “Differences in Self-Referential Thought and Language in Anxiety and Depression” (faculty advisor Dr. Tina Sutton)
Malik Fuentes -  “The Relationship Between Sensitivity to Disgust and Anti-Immigration Attitudes” (faculty advisor Dr. Alan Smerbeck)
Kathryn Gardner -  “Are You in the Mood to Satisfice? The Role of Affect in Decision Making” (faculty advisor Dr. Caroline DeLong)
Emily Joslyn - “Transmission of Parenting Styles and Substance Use Across Generations” (faculty advisor Dr. Stephanie Godleski)
Megan Larson -  “Can the Etiology of Deafness Explain Differences in Executive Function Among Deaf and Hearing Individuals?” (faculty advisor Dr. Vincent Samar)
Emily Nielsen -  “Associations Among OCD, Rumination, Anxiety, Depression, and Cultural Identity in Deaf and Hearing Adults” (faculty advisor Dr. Vincent Samar)
Ryan Squire -  “Essential Oil and its Effect on Sustained Attention” (faculty advisor Dr. Andrew Herbert)
Luisa Swan -  “Does Stress Affect Decision Making and Impulsivity in College Students?” (faculty advisor Dr. Stephanie Godleski)

November 2017

Paid Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURF) Opportunity

The Psychology Department is pleased to announce an opportunity for a paid undergraduate summer research experience. The Department, in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts, is offering two paid Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) to our undergraduate Psychology Majors for the 2018 summer period. These positions are competitive. To apply, read through the application form and submit a completed application to the Chair of Psychology,, by February 7th, 2018.

August 2017

Undergraduate Psychology Students Present Research

Undergraduate psychology students presented their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on August 4, 2017. The symposium showcases research
conducted during 2016-2017 by undergraduates from all RIT colleges and institutes.

Congratulations to the following students who were supported by their psychology faculty advisors.
Tia Aunkst presented, "Concussion and Substance Use in College Athletes and Non-athletes" - faculty advisor, Dr. Rebecca Houston.
Roni Crumb presented, "How Alcohol Use Relates to HAB and Intent to Change" - faculty advisor, Dr. Stephanie Godleski.
Kathryn Gardner and Henry Rachfal presented, "Visual Discrimination of Rotated 2D and 3D Objects in Goldfish" - faculty advisor, Dr. Caroline DeLong.
Emily Joslyn presented, "Transmission of Parenting Styles and Substance Use Across Generations" - faculty advisor, Dr. Stephanie Godleski.
Annabella Kajtezovic presented, "Assessment of the Relationship between Hostility and Jealousy" - faculty advisor, Dr. Stephanie Godleski.

Tia, Kathryn, and Emily were Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) in the Department of Psychology during summer 2017.
Current students: For more information about the SURF program, please contact Dr. DeLong (Psychology Undergraduate Program Director).

Dr. Caroline DeLong of the Department of Psychology was the Program Committee Co-Chair for the Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Liberal Arts representative for the Program Committee.

May 2017

2016-2017 Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award

The Department of Psychology received the prestigious 2016-2017 Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award at the Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship awards ceremony on April 25, 2017! This award recognizes an academic degree program that is committed to best practices in assessment, improving student learning, and continuous program improvement. Nominees must involve stakeholders in assessment, establish effective assessment planning and implementation processes, and demonstrate continuous improvement.

The Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts:

  • Offers BS and MS degrees, advanced certificates, minors, immersions, and electives
  • Undergraduate degrees provide a general foundation in psychology with specialized training in one of five tracks: biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and visual perception
  • Graduate degrees are offered in school psychology and experimental psychology, with advanced certificates offered in school psychology and engineering psychology
  • The Department of Psychology helps students develop skills for future careers and lifelong learning, including critical thinking and professional communication
COLA Poster Session - May 16, 2017; 11:00 am-1:00 pm

You’re invited . . .

College of Liberal Arts
Poster Session
Senior Theses & Projects


Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Vignelli Center University Gallery
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Featuring Undergraduate Research from:

The Department of Psychology
The School of Communication
Digital Humanities & Social Sciences Program
Museum Studies Program

Refreshments will be served!
Interpreters will be provided.

Post-Convocation Reception (5/19/17) for 2017 Graduates!

Graduating Class of 2017

You and your guests are invited to a reception hosted by the Department of Psychology 

Friday, May 19, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
(immediately after Convocation)
outside the Department of Psychology offices
on the second floor of Eastman Hall 

Light refreshments will be on hand (assorted mini-wraps, fruit, bruschetta on baguette, sweets,
and beverages, including soda, water, coffee & tea).

We hope you can stop by after Convocation! 
Family & friends welcome!

Interpreters will be provided.

April 2017

Roni Crumb & Ciara Lutz Receive 2016-17 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award!

Roni Crumb and Ciara Lutz each received a 2016-17 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award! The bronze medallion awards were given in ceremonies on April 6, 2017 to those students who achieved the distinction of maintaining a minimum grade-point average of 3.85 out of a possible 4.0 and must have completed at least 83 credit hours of study, more than two-thirds of the credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree. In addition, selection of students was based on other factors complementing academic achievement, including creative work, service on student committees, civic activities, employment and independent research. 

Since 1976, RIT has honored the top 1% of students that are able to maintain a record of academic excellence while also giving back to their community through civic or volunteer work, conducting research, or being engaged in co-op or work in their field of study. 

Summer Courses-Enroll Now! Online & In-person Courses Available!

Enroll now for summer courses! Complete your immersion or minor over the summer. There are both online and in-person courses available!

Brianna M. Egger Honored with the Henry and Mary Kearse Distinguished Lecture & Student Writing Award!

Brianna M. Egger, a double major in Psychology and Biomedical Science, was honored at the Henry and Mary Kearse Distinguished Lecture & Student Writing Awards at a ceremony on April 21, 2017.  Brianna's essay, "The Relationship between Adult Attachment Style within Friendships and Social Anxiety Symptomology" was written for Dr. Lindsay Schenkel's course, Senior Capstone Proposal. The award is given to students in the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) College of Liberal Arts; recipients are chosen from a pool of students nominated by faculty members. Students that have produced "outstanding research papers or projects" in their area of study are chosen for the award. The purpose of the award is to recognize students who have in their course work in Liberal Arts manifested the ideals and standards of excellence, of creative endeavor, and of scholarship.

January 2017

Research Scholars Program in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT

Research Scholars Program in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

The Research Scholars Program in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is a prestigious post-baccalaureate scholarship program for outstanding college graduates from under-represented minority groups or economically disadvantaged backgrounds who would benefit from additional course work or research experience to prepare them for graduate school in cognitive science, computational cognitive science, or neuroscience. This two-year, fully funded program allows Scholars to take courses at MIT, conduct supervised research in BCS labs, and immerse themselves in the MIT culture and experience its academic rigors, while gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to make them competitive graduate applicants, and successful graduate students. More information can be found here:


December 2016

Poster Session – Senior Theses & Projects

You’re invited...

College of Liberal Arts
Poster Session

Senior Theses & Projects

Featuring Undergraduate Research from:
The Department of Psychology 
The School of Communication

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Vignelli Center University Gallery
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Refreshments will be served!
Interpreters will be provided.


November 2016

RIT School Psychology Graduate students at the NYS Association of School Psychologists Conference

Our Graduate Students representing RIT at the New York State Association of School Psychologists Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rochester, NY on Friday, November 11.

What a great opportunity for our students to get involved in the field and make valuable connections with other professionals. Our students were members of the conference planning committee, volunteers, presenters, and attendees.

Pictured Left to Right:
Back row: Nathan Sugarman, Marlene Maney, Tamara Nixon, Sadie Kulhanek, Molly Lincoln, Jillian Larkin, Corinne Murray, Caitlin Hubler, Melissa Volo
Front row: Elise Stalker, Ina Krasniqi, Alysa Osipovitch, Carissa Joy

October 2016

Andrew Herbert presented at the Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting

Andrew Herbert, professor and chair of the department of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, presented "Augmented reality heads-up displays (HUDs): Warning signs and driver situation awareness" at the Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting at the University of Rochester on Oct. 21-23, 2016. The poster described the experiment done by Zachary McDonald (one of the co-authors along with Joseph Baschnagel and Martin Gordon) for his M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology. Zach found that an augmented reality cue may increase attention to warning signs but could cause attentional tunneling in some situations.

September 2016

Student Testimonial - Jackie Lenta

I am currently in my first year of the Industrial/ Organizational Psychology Master’s program at San Francisco State University.  The other day one of my professors was walking us through all of the thesis deadlines and requirements for next year. While many of my classmates didn’t know what to expect, I felt extremely confident because I realized how similar this will be to my senior project.  Everything from drafting different sections, talking through the methods with our professors, getting IRB approval, and so on... I can't stop thinking about how grateful I am for the opportunity to do a senior project last year. I know working on my thesis will still be challenging and stressful, but I definitely feel ahead of the game. All of the confidence I feel right now is nothing but a testament to the greatness of the RIT Psychology department, including the amazing professors. 

As classes go on, I continue to feel like there is nothing more RIT could have done to better prepare me for graduate school.  Everything from being exposed to higher level seminar style classes (Forensic Psychology) to the amount of Research Methods/Statistics classes I took prepared me well for the next two years.  I am excited to see where my degrees take me and I will always be grateful for the role RIT played in getting me wherever I go.

Jackie Lenta
B.Sc. in Psychology
Graduated  from RIT in May, 2016

RIT’s 25th Undergraduate Research Symposium

RIT’s 25th Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at RIT on Friday August 5th.  The symposium celebrated the research of undergraduate students from across the university. Over 250 student projects were on display at the symposium with a record number of research proposal submissions.

The Program Committee Chair was Dr. Caroline DeLong.  Some psychology students gave presentations: Sarah Kimbley gave a presentation entitled “Temporal Visual Selective Attention in Deaf Children”. Sarah’s advisor is Dr. Matthew Dye.

Alexander Brumfield presented “The Potential Correlation between Traditional Masculinity and Emotion Regulation”. Alexander’s advisor is Dr. A. Smerbeck.

Christina Burnett presented “Orangutans Use Water as a Tool”. Christina’s advisor is Dr. Caroline DeLong.

Claire Fleming presented “Investigating Hostile Attribution Biases in Parents and their Children”. Claire’s advisor is Dr. Stephanie Godleski.

Jeffrey Miller presented “Indicators of Light Sensitivity in College Students with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms” Jeffrey’s advisor is Dr. Joseph Baschnagel.

Katey Sackett presented “Atypical Depression and Preferences for Treatment Options among Male College Students”. Katey’s advisor is Dr. Kirsten Condry.

“The Undergraduate Research Symposium provides undergraduates with the opportunity to present the research and creative projects they have undertaken during the past year,” said Caroline DeLong, Associate Professor of Psychology in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, and a faculty mentor for the symposium. “It gives students the chance to participate in a professional conference where they can practice their oral communication skills, which is especially helpful for students who will attend graduate school. Undergraduate students at RIT also have the chance to work closely with faculty mentors, which is one of the most enriching experiences a student can have in college. In some places only graduate students get to work closely with faculty members. Working with two faculty members on research in college set me on my path to becoming a scientist, and I still maintain a valuable mentoring relationship with them to this day.”

For more information please see:

July 2016

Dr. Caroline DeLong & Irene Fobe conduct cognitive studies at the Seneca Park Zoo

Dr. Caroline DeLong and Irene Fobe, graduate student, are studying the behavior of animals at Rochester's Seneca Park Zoo this summer.  Dr. DeLong has been working for many years with Director of Animal Health and Conservation Dr. Wyatt, General Curator David Hamilton, and many animal care staff members—along with the undergraduate and graduate students she teaches—to study the cognition of animals at the Zoo.

Recent and upcoming studies at the Zoo that Dr. DeLong has been involved in include the study of North American river otters, Bornean orangutans, and California sea lions.

Dr. DeLong's research is highlighted in the Seneca Park Zoo's Summer newsletter (pages 6 & 7):


May 2016

Poster Session - Senior Theses & Projects

You’re invited...

College of Liberal Arts
Poster Session

Senior Theses & Projects

Featuring Undergraduate Research from:
The Department of Psychology 
The School of Communication
Museum Studies Program
Digital Humanities & Social Sciences Program

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Vignelli Center University Gallery
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Refreshments will be served!
Interpreters will be provided.


Find out if you are a ‘supertaster’ during Imagine RIT


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Find out if you are a ‘supertaster’ during Imagine RIT

Students will also show visitors how their brains can be distracted and explain illusions

May 2, 2016 
by Greg Livadas 
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Visitors to this year’s Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 7 will get the chance to find out if they are a “supertaster,” a feature in roughly 25 percent of the population who have more taste buds, have a stronger sense of taste, can taste some things others can’t and may be a more picky eater.

It’s part of an exhibit, “Exploring Psychology: How the Mind Plays Tricks,” put on by psychology students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts. Their tests illustrate how the brain can process information.

They will also have a test to trick your brain from remembering the names of colors, show illusions and have giveaways for children, including coloring books and brain-shaped erasers.

“We’re trying to get kids interested in the brain and psychology,” said Assistant Professor Audrey Smerbeck in RIT’s psychology department.

For the supertaster test, visitors can put a small strip of paper on their tongues to see if they can taste PTC, short for phenylthiourea, which tastes very bitter to supertasters. The other 75 percent of the population tastes nothing. Women are more apt to be supertasters.

“We evolved to taste bitter things to protect us from eating poisonous objects,” Smerbeck said. “This helps us learn more about our sensory system, and how our tongue is used in different ways.”

In the other tests, visitors will be asked to read a list of words that spell various colors. The words themselves will be in various colors that don’t match the words they spell. The tester will be told to read just the color of the list of words, not the word itself.

“Your brain is distracted on what it focuses on,” Smerbeck said. Preschoolers do well in this test because most haven’t learned to read yet.

And visitors will be asked to look at a picture. They may see Marilyn Monroe, or they may see Albert Einstein, depending on what they focus on and how far away they are from the image.

“You focus on big things the farther you are from it, and smaller details the closer you are,” she said.

They will also have a sign-up sheet if visitors would like to participate in future research experiments.

Students involved in the exhibit include Victoria Lezette, of Greece, N.Y.; Amy Gill of Victor, N.Y.; Katey Sackett of Honeoye, N.Y.; John Casey of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Ciara Lutz of Webster, N.Y.

Look for them in the Recreation Zone in the Gordon Field House.

Greg Livadas

Psychology majors John Casey, left, and Katey Sackett find out if they are “supertasters” — if they can detect a bitter chemical on a paper strip (Sackett is). Their exhibit will be part of Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 7.

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Caroline DeLong Receives The Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award

Caroline DeLong, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts is being recognized as the 2015-2016 recipient for the Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award!

Lauren Harradine is COLA's May 2016 Student of the Month!

Congratulations to Lauren Harradine for being selected as the College of Liberal Arts May 2016 Student of the Month! Lauren was nominated by Dr. Caroline DeLong for her outstanding work on campus and in class this year.

April 2016

Lauren Harradine, Jackie Lenta, and Katey Sackett Receive Legacy Leader Awards

Psychology majors Lauren Harradine, Jackie Lenta, and Katey Sackett  received  Legacy Leader Awards! The 2016 Women's Career Achievement Dinner was held April 25 to celebrate the accomplishments of women at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ciara Lutz Honored with Kearse Student Writing Award

Ciara Lutz, a third-year psychology major, was honored with the 2016 Henry and Mary Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Writing Award. Faculty committees in each department within the College of Liberal Arts select student awardees from a variety of disciplines whose work embodies the ideals and standards of excellence, creative endeavor and scholarship. Congratulations Ciara!


Katey Sackett Honored as 2015-16 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar

Katey Sackett was honored as a 2015-16 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar. Rochester Institute of Technology honored 117 students whose academic and personal achievements have made them Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars.

The awards, a bronze medallion, were given in ceremonies on April 7, 2016 to those students who have met the scholarship criteria –­ a minimum grade-point average of 3.85 out of 4.0; completion of more than two-thirds of the credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated community engagement, such as creative work, serve on student committees, civic activities, employment or independent research.

May 2015

Alpha Sigma Lambda Society Award

Brandon Dziedzic and Tessa Riley were inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society on May 18!


Each student picks a mentor who most influenced their development at RIT.  Tessa picked Dr. DiFonzo and Brandon picked Dr. DeLong.




Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society

Alpha Sigma Lambda was founded in 1964 to honor students who represent the guiding principles of ASL: Activities, Scholarship and Leadership.

ASL exists to foster and encourage students to aspire to the goals of participation in activities, excellence in scholarship, and the practice of responsible leadership. ASL also serves as the Institute's formal recognition of those students who meet the standards and qualify for membership.

  • Being an Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society member allows our senior student recognition for outstanding academic achievement and campus leadership involvement.
  • They receive an Alpha Sigma Lambda medal to wear for graduation.
  • They are invited to a special dinner hosted by the President honoring all recipients.
  • Student honorees invite a mentor from faculty or staff as their guest, to be recognized as having a profound impact on their academic and leadership success. 
  • Student's name is engraved on a plaque in the Student Alumni Union joining over 600 RIT Alumni already honored.

In order to be eligible for nomination, the student must meet the following criteria: full time, matriculated senior in a four/five-year undergraduate degree program or dual degree program with a minimum of 3.4 cumulative GPA (beginning fall semester of their Senior year) and must graduate by the end of the following fall semester; an active member for one full year in at least two Institute activities, organizations, or committees; and demonstrated leadership position(s) - the quality of the leadership shall be determined by holding high elected or appointed office for the total term of that particular office (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chairperson, Director, Captain (Co-Captain), or significant contributions to the Institute through active participation in a club or activity. 

Nominees will be judged on the basis of scholarship, active participation and contributions in activities, and leadership in academic and co-curricular student activities. Both paid and voluntary activities will be considered. Service to the Institute community will also be considered in the selection process.






April 2015

Tessa Riley wins the Kearse Student Writing Award

The Department of Psychology would like to congratulate Tessa Riley, this year's winner of the Kearse Award for achievement in student writing. The title of her winning paper is, "Rumor Transmission and Forgiveness Culture in an Organizational Setting." Tessa wrote her paper for the course, Research Methods 3, taught by Dr. Caroline DeLong.

Brandon Dziedzic and Courtney Ullger Selected as Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars

The Department of Psychology would like to congratulate Brandon Dziedzic and Courtney Ullger! In recognition for their excellence in academic achievement, they have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship Award.

Stephanie Barbato and Christina Burnett Win The 2015 RIT Leadership Award

The Department of Psychology is proud to announce that our students, Stephanie Barbato and Christina Burnett, are winners of The 2015 RIT Leadership Award. Congratulations Stephanie and Christina for all of your accomplishments!

March 2015

Dr. Caroline DeLong Wins a Miller Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Dr. Caroline DeLong, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. DeLong is a recipient of this year's Paul A. and Francena L. Miller Faculty Fellowship Award for her research surrounding object and numerical discrimination in goldfish.

December 2014

Poster Session - Senior Theses & Projects

College of Liberal Arts Poster Session - Senior Theses & Projects

Featuring Undergraduate Research from The Department of Psychology & The Department of Communication

December 16, 2014
University Gallery- Vignelli Center

11:00am – 1:00pm

Refreshments will be served! 


August 2014

Stephanie Barbato and Brandon Dziedzic Presented Posters

Stephanie Barbato and Brandon Dziedzic presented posters at the RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium on August 8, 2014. Stephanie and Brandon were co-op students in Dr. Caroline DeLong's Comparative Cognition and Perception Lab. Stephanie's research was on Training Goldfish to Discriminate Between Numbers and Brandon's research was on Discrimination of Simulated Dolphin Whistles by Human Listeners.

April 2014

Dr. Kirsten Condry Receives Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching

Congratulations to Dr. Kirsten Condry, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, who has received the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching for the 2013-14 academic year! This award is one of RIT's most significant and it is a true testament to Dr. Condry's exceptional abilities in the classroom.

September 2013

Student Testimonial - Ashlynn Keller

Prior to taking Scientific Writing (Research Methods 1) I thought Psychology was a matter of rote memorization, but between that class and the track classes that followed I began to understand the hard work, dedication, and perseverance that were necessary in a psychology field. I am happy to say that I am planning to pursue a PhD in psychology and that without the encouragement and constant feedback from professors in the Psychology Department I wouldn't have found my true passion: Comparative Cognition. What I would say to any perspective student would be to follow your heart and if psychology interests you, pursue it! The professors at RIT are always willing to teach you more or provide ways to become more involved, such as through research. Take advantage of the fantastic faculty and staff of the RIT Psychology Department and expand your horizons. 

Ashlynn Keller
Graduated May 2013

Student Testimonial - Catina (Link) Wright

The psychology classes at RIT really helped me a lot in my job as a full time zoo keeper at Seneca Park Zoo. I am a biology bachelor degree graduate and chose psychology as my concentration. I took behavior modification, childhood psychology, social psychology, and abnormal psychology. The last two I took because they sounded interesting, but I wanted to take childhood psychology because I knew it would help me with my current job at an after school care, and I really wanted to take behavior modification because I knew that it would help me if I got into a job involving animal care. When I got interviewed for my job at the zoo they asked me if I knew what shaping, conditioning, and reinforcement was. Of course I knew and I impressed my interviewers when I told them I took the behavior modification class. I'm currently using what I've learned in class by training and using positive reinforcement  on the zoo's river otters, a spider monkey, and did some minor training with a few other animals. I have RIT to thank for offering that wonderful class as well as the other exciting psych classes I had taken.

Catina (Link) Wright
RIT graduate 2004

PSI Day Friday

Introducing PSI Day Friday
Date:  Friday, September 27, 2013
Time:  12:30pm - 2:00pm
Location:  COLA Student Lounge, 01-2383

Please join PSS and our Peer Mentors for a free pizza lunch.
Department of Psychology students & faculty welcome.

For more information please contact:

Stephanie Barbato
Brandon Dziedzic

August 2013

Orientation Schedule

Experimental & School Psychology Programs Graduate Orientation Schedule

Monday, August 19, 2013

8:00 – 8:45am – Continental Breakfast, 2383 Eastman Hall

9:00 – 9:50am – Welcome from Dean James Winebrake/Graduate Student Panel, 2000 Eastman Hall

10:00 - 10:50am – Program Orientation:  School Psychology, 2000 Eastman Hall

10:00 - 10:50am – Program Orientation:  Engineering Psychology, 2304 Eastman Hall

11:00 - 11:50am – Library Tour and Bibliography Laboratory Exercise, Wallace Memorial Library & School Psychology; Experimental Psychology

12:00 - 1:00pm – Lunch in College of Liberal Arts Commons, 1251 Liberal Arts Hall

Academic Day (Freshman)

College of Liberal Arts Academic Day (Freshman)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

9:00-10:30am – College of Liberal Arts Student Services Advising, Liberal Arts Hall A205

10:30-12:00pm – Department of Psychology Program Advising, 2383 Eastman Hall

12:00 - 1:00pm – College Picnic, Outside Liberal Arts Hall

1:00 - 2:30pm – College of Liberal Arts twitter activity/scavenger hunt, Liberal Arts Hall A205

2:30 - 4:00pm – Department of Psychology Activity, TBD

Transfer Student Orientation

College of Liberal Arts Transfer Student Orientation

Friday, August 23, 2013

1:00pm - 2:00pm:  Transfer Welcome, liberal Arts Hall A205

2:00pm - 3:00pm:  CLA Transfer Program Advising, George Eastman Hall 2383

3:00pm - 4:00pm:  Transfer Student Reception, McKenzie Commons-Liberal Arts Hall 1251

The Dream Professor

Your dreams are talking to you, are you listening? Dream Professor is your app for that! Dream Professor will analyze your dreams, daydreams, fantasies and even your thoughts! This program does not use some standard cookbook dream dictionary, which just looks up canned meanings. This means that the analysis consists of simple, brief insights, not dictionary-like explanations. These insights are meant to trigger your subconscious into expanding these insights into a full-blown understanding of what your dream is trying to tell you.

Dr. Harnish is a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, and has spent more than 30 years studying dreams, and experimenting with dream analysis programs.

June 2013

Student Spotlight: K. Tyler Wilcox

Student Spotlight: K. Tyler Wilcox

Year:  Class of 2013 graduate

Capstone project:  For his senior project, Tyler designed a study to examine the impact of relaxation on memory for emotion words.  In particular, he was interested in whether tasks like sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, mindful yoga, and passive relaxation would affect people’s emotional memory for valenced words, as well as their mindfulness and mood. One group of “expert” participants, with at least 3 months of experience in these relaxation techniques, were compared to a “novice” group of inexperienced participants, who were trained during the study in one of the four relaxation techniques. The results showed that, contrary to expectations, training technique did not affect recall for positive, negative, or neutral words. Overall mindfulness and decentering were significantly higher after training for all groups and techniques. And for the “expert” group, positive affect was significantly higher after relaxation training. These results suggest that engaging in just 10 minutes of meditation, yoga, or relaxation does not affect emotional memory, but can affect mindfulness.

Future career plans:  Tyler is entering the Ph.D. program in Social Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in August 2013, to work with Dr. Kirk Warren Brown researching the role of mindfulness in social relationships and neurological responses to social stimuli.

Student Spotlight: Kristen Cummings

Student Spotlight: Kristen Cummings

Year: Class of 2013 graduate

Favorite Part of Program: The diversity of the research interests of the faculty and the opportunities to get involved in research.

Capstone project: For her senior project, Kristen researched an idea that is highly relevant to her future career in higher education:  Why do students get involved in campus activities and are those activities are actually fun and useful?  Students join clubs and activities during their college years in order to receive particular benefits in their personal, social, and professional lives. The goal of Kristen’s study was to examine whether being involved in clubs and activities on campus helps students gain valuable skills and reach higher levels of success and satisfaction. In the study, students filled out an extensive survey about their involvement in campus activities, their success (in terms of grades and GPA), and their satisfaction with RIT and with the activities they chose. Based on earlier research, Kristen hypothesized that students who were highly involved would have higher success and be more satisfied with their college experience than students who were less involved. Although the trend was in the predicted direction, the results were not significant: Most students reported feeling fairly satisfied with RIT, while involvement varied widely.  In general, students reported they did receive the skills and benefits they had sought from campus involvement, but often at lower levels than they had originally hoped.

Future career plans: Kristen will begin the Masters of Higher Education Administration program at the University of Arizona in August, 2013

Perceiving Objects - Dr. Caroline DeLong

Dr. Caroline DeLong co-chaired a special session on June 5 at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics that was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Her special session was called “Perceiving Objects” and her co-chair was Dr. Eduardo Mercado from the University at Buffalo. Dr. DeLong also presented a talk titled “Recognizing Objects from Multiple Orientations Using Dolphin Echoes.” Her co-authors included two RIT alumnae: Amanda Heberle (class of 2012) and Kayla Mata (class of 2013).  Dr. DeLong was co-author on a talk called “Exploring the Capacity of Neural Networks to Recognize Objects From Dolphin Echoes Across Multiple Orientations” which was presented by Matthew Wisniewski (a graduate student at UB). Both papers are published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (

May 2013

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society

Ashlynn Keller & Kristen Cummings inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society

May 13, 2013

On May 13, 2013 Ashlynn Keller and Kristen Cummings from the Department of Psychology were inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society.  To get in, they needed a GPA of 3.4 or better plus they needed to have demonstrated outstanding service to the RIT community through involvement in activities at RIT.  They received a medal and certificate.  Dr. Destler attended the ceremony.   Kirsten Condry and I were in attendance as their chosen mentors at the dinner.  Out of 43 recipients from across the entire institution this year, TWO were from Psychology!!!  I am proud of our students!

Written by Dr. Caroline DeLong

April 2013

Dr. Nicholas DiFonzo Featured in Article by Herb Weisbaum

Dr. Nicholas DiFonzo featured in “Every day is April Fool’s Day on the Internet”, by Herb Weisbaum

April 1, 2013

Could it be?  Will Bill Gates really give you $5,000 for sharing a link on Facebook?

Of course not. The email is bogus and so is the picture of Gates holding a sign that purportedly shows him making that promise.

This is just one of an ever-growing collection of email hoaxes that fill in-bins across the world. They’re not scams – no one is trying to steal your money or personal information – they’re just fiction.  

Why do so many people accept the bogus messages as fact and forward to others?

“It’s entertaining and it’s socially bonding; something fun that we can share together,” explained Nicholas DiFonzo, professor of psychology at Rochester Institute of Technology and author of The Water Cooler Effect. “The idea of double-checking to make sure that these things are true takes work. And even if it’s not true, it doesn’t seem to hurt anybody.”


February 2013

Dr. Robert Bowen Featured in Reporter Online Article

Dr. Robert Bowen featured in Reporter Online article “Cuddling”, by Amanda Imperial

February 15, 2013

The blistering cold wind hits your hands like daggers; you forgot your gloves, and are left without cover. Your partner reaches out to grab your hand, noticing how cold you must be. You see how your hands fit perfectly together. Later, the cold has you two cuddling together in the embrace of a blanket. You lay there, their back forming perfectly to your front, fitting together comfortably, and all you feel is pure bliss.

Various emotions can be painted on a canvas through the type of touch that sends shockwaves through our bodies. The sensation of touch has granted us benefits since birth both in our development and psychologically. The most personal and intimate form of touch is cuddling, and yet today, cuddling is generally reserved for romantic pairs of people.

The Benefits of Cuddling

Cuddling is more than just an act of physical emotion. According to Dr. Robert Bowen, a lecturer who specializes in the psychology of infant and child development at RIT, the act of touch is absolutely vital to the development of an infant. He even goes as far as to say that it would be detrimental to an infant to not feel the touch of a mother.

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