Psychological Science

Cochlear Implants: A Step Towards the Hearing Future

Written by Lydia Brekke, Taylor Graft, and Madisyn Plumhoff “The number of people who use cochlear implants keeps growing. More than 324,200 people across the world have cochlear implants. In the United States, over 96,000 people have cochlear implants” (ASHA, 2019). Two weeks after his birth, Patrick from St. Louis, Missouri was diagnosed with profound […]

Becoming Pinocchio: An Examination of the Pinocchio Illusion

Written by Grey Grettum, Taylor Mac, Julie Terrone, and Katie Velek   Pinocchio is a very well known Disney character, and he is cursed with having an enlarged nose every time he tells a lie; however, you may not have heard of the illusion named after his curse! The Pinocchio illusion, also known as the […]

Donald G. Paterson Undergraduate Award in Psychology

Written by Emma Thompson Kristen Eggler, a senior Psychological Science major, is the 2019 recipient of the Minnesota Psychological Association Donald G. Paterson Undergraduate Award in Psychology. An outstanding student, Collegiate Fellow, Sigma Sigma Sigma member, and Chapel Choir singer, Kristen was nominated for the award by the Gustavus Psychological Science Department. Based on several […]

First, it’s Sour, Then it’s Sweet: ‘Flavor Tripping,’ What it is and How it Works

Written by Kristen Eggler, Kjorte Harra, Yesenia Hidalgo, and Jennifer Puchuela Morocho   Ever wanted to sip on pure lemon juice like it’s a sweet glass of lemonade? With the aid of ingesting the newly popularized miracle fruit, people all over are experiencing a temporary but astounding transformation of their taste buds. Ingesting a piece of […]

Should You Smell Coffee Beans While Smelling Fragrances?

Written by Charity Aultman, Mitaya Johnson, Lauren Lowe, and Drew Weidner   How many of you have smelled coffee beans while smelling perfumes at a department store or even seen them and wondered why?  Coffee beans can be used to combat something called olfactory fatigue. Our olfactory system can become overwhelmed or overexposed to a smell […]

“Falling” Victim to the Tunnel Illusion

Written by Lauren Casey, Leigh Hanefeld, Aleese Holst, and Amanda Otto   What is the Tunnel Illusion? It is Halloween, and you and your friends decide to go to a haunted house. While wandering through the spooky scenery, you come upon a tunnel that seems to be rotating. Curious about where the rotating tunnel will […]

Amy Specker’s Grad School App Process

What is your name, year, major? What activities are you involved with on campus? My name is Amy Specker, and I am a Senior. I am double majoring in Communication Studies & Psychological Science. On campus, I am a member of Christ Chapel Choir and the Gustavus Wind Symphony. How did you decide that you […]

MUPC 2019!

Dear Psychology Colleagues, We look forward to seeing you and your students at the 54th Annual MUPC!  This year the keynote speaker is Dr. Kathleen Vohs, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Land O’Lakes Chair in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She is also a Gustavus Adolphus Psychological Science Graduate! The […]

Refugee Mental Health Panel

On September 25th 2018, Community Mental Health students in the Department of Psychological Science opened their classroom to Gustavus campus members, inviting them to a panel titled, “Mental Health and the Refugee Experience.” Kawthar Abdi, Community Health Worker with VINE – Mankato, Mohamed Ibrahim, Health Literacy and Community Health Worker with Minnesota Council of Churches […]

Psychological Science Major, Liz Toeben ’18 Helps Give a Voice to Mental Health

The annual Building Bridges conferences are nothing new to the Gustavus community. Previous topics include issues such as The Grassroots Movement (2017), The War on Drugs (2016), and Rape Culture (2015). What is new for the Gustavus community is this year’s specific connection of social justice and psychological science. The 2018 conference titled “Mental Health: […]