Psychological Science

Reflections from a Psychological Science Major

I am Olivia and I am a junior at Gustavus Adolphus. I look back and reminisce about how undecided I was on a career path as I came into college. I had taken a lot of general courses in high school, so I was anxious to choose a major. Although I had some ideas, my […]

Research, Collect Data, Write, and Repeat!

  Brand new research studies are being approved by the Gustavus Institutional Review Board this week in preparation for a new wave of student-led research for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Many first- and second-year students who are taking introductory-level Psychological Science courses will get to be participants in the upcoming research studies.  All of this […]

Psychological Science Students Engage in Research

            During the 2019-2020 academic year, the classrooms, labs, and study spaces in Beck Hall were filled with Psychological Science students conducting research, collaborating with professors, learning about professional organizations, attending conferences, and in some cases, publishing their research results.  We asked students to share their experiences and here is […]

2019-2020 Student/Faculty Research was active in the Beck Hall HolmLab

Dr. Lucie Holmgreen, a clinical psychologist, conducts research that integrates clinical and social psychological approaches. She studies trauma and attachment (how we think, feel, and behave in close relationships) and is particularly interested in the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral reasons for the cyclical nature of trauma. A number of students collaborated with Dr. Holmgreen in […]

Student Research and Professional Development Opportunities occurred all year in Beck Hall!

Another student who took advantage of research opportunities in the Psychological Science Department this past academic year was Lauren Lowe.  Lauren worked closely with Dr. Kayla DeLorme and said of her initial experience working with her in the labs, “I did maternal rat behavior and studied stress transmission! I also did a lot of classwork […]

Helpful Resources

It is normal and healthy to feel rage and sadness in response to systemic racism, discrimination, and racial trauma. If you are struggling to cope with these feelings (or thoughts or behaviors) or if you would like additional support, please consider reaching out for help. The following resources may be a good place to start: […]

Statement for Racial Justice

The Department of Psychological Science at Gustavus Adolphus College stands with Black people and families, and all communities of color. We condemn discrimination, racism, and hate. Through our teaching, research, and service, we commit to working for the Gustavus core value of Justice, promoting education and actions that specifically advance racial justice on campus and […]

Psychological Science Students Engage in Research and Learning All Year Long

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the classrooms, labs, and study spaces in Beck Hall (BH) were filled with Psychological Science students conducting research, collaborating with professors, learning about professional organizations, attending conferences, and in some cases, publishing their research results.  We asked students to share their experiences and over the next few months, we plan […]

A Hands-Down Simple Illusion: The Aristotle Illusion

Written by Taylor Carlson, Elizabeth Johnson, Marie Osuna, Katie Rhoten, and Madison Sinclair Tactile illusions refer to sensations that ​affect your sense of touch​. For example, if you are wearing rubber gloves while doing dishes, you may feel as if your hands are wet! This sensation might feel odd, but you aren’t crazy for feeling […]

Aging and Two Point Touch

Written by Sophia Redding, Sierra Weis, Hannah Rupp, and Hieu Trinh When we hear “two-point touch,” our initial thought is likely an object touching ourselves or another object at two separate points of interest. Frankly, that’s exactly what it is. The two-point touch technique measures the smallest distance between two points at which an individual […]