Psychological Science

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Psychological Science Major Tara Hoverstad Studies in Japan

In fall of 2014, otherwise known as my junior year, I decided to take a huge leap out of my perfectly comfortable world here at Gustavus and study abroad in Tokyo. This may be the most scary, wonderful, exciting thing I will ever do in my life, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything […]


Get PSYCHED for Relay for Life

  Relay for Life is truly a community event on campus. Two Gustavus Psychological Science majors who volunteer extensively for this cause share their insights: “Since cancer never sleeps, Relay for Life is a 24 hour event supporting a cure for cancer. We walk of course, but the night is filled with all sorts of fun events […]


Psychological Science Summer Research Donor, Rev. Gordon A. Braatz, Ph.D.

The Department of Psychological Science is fortunate to have a patron in Rev. Gordon A. Braatz, Ph.D. Since 2010, our psychological science department has been able to implement a summer research opportunity for students staying on campus thanks to the active philanthropy from the Rev. Gordon A. Braatz, Ph.D. Research projects have included using eye-tracking […]

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Heidi Pontinen Nominated for Outstanding Psychology Senior Undergraduate Award

Each year, the Department of Psychological Science nominates a Gustavus senior with exceptional promise for the MPA Donald G. Paterson Award in Psychology/Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Student. Congratulations, Heidi Pontinen, this year’s nomination from Gustavus Adolphus College! The MPA Donald G. Paterson Award is given to an outstanding college senior planning a graduate career in psychology. […]


Psi Chi Officers at Gustavus Adolphus College

Psi Chi Officers…What do they do? Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology has a chapter and local officers here at Gustavus Adolphus College. The main role of Gustavus Psi Chi officers is to plan educational events for students in the Psychological Science department. The officers meet once a week to discuss possible speakers […]


Summer Opportunities for Psychological Science Students

Looking For a Summer Job? If you are interested in… Working with kids! A free YMCA membership! Creating and implementing creative activities! A flexible schedule! Check out YMCA Twin Cities Part Time School Age Childcare   If you are… A junior Majoring in business, statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, the physical sciences, or the social and […]


Welcome to Spring Semester 2015!

Welcome Psychological Science students to spring semester 2015! Beck Hall is filled with the hustle and bustle of returning students ready to tackle their second semester of the academic year. Personally, I’m delighted to have you all back on campus as it’s your energy that makes Gustavus a great place. Sigmund Freud wrote: “One day, […]

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Psychological Science Wraps Up Fall Semester ’14 with Research Symposium

Fall semester ’14 culminated in Gustavus Adolphus College Psychological Science’s biannual research symposium. New this year were information tables from Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychological Science majors and the Center for Developmental Science. A total of 17 research exhibits were presented to strong attendance. Research topics included studies on Career and Gender Bias, Gender Perceptions […]


Psychological Science Alumna Kimberly Clayton ’13 Speaks to FTS Class

Hey everyone! For those of you who are just joining us, welcome to the psychological science blog and for those returning, welcome back. I had the pleasure of joining Dr. Lauren Hecht-Schroeder’s First Term Seminar class on November 19 to discuss the complexities of the Animal Mind. I was asked to join this class following […]


Grant to Allow Psychology Students to Work in Living Lab

The Center for Developmental Science (CDS) at Gustavus Adolphus College and the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) in Mankato have been awarded a $3,000 stipend from the National Living Laboratory Initiative in Boston that will create unique opportunities for Gustavus psychology students. The stipend will allow the CDS and the CMSM to create a […]