Faculty Research: Global Intervention for Bereaved Youth

Illene Cupit

A theoretical article that develops a global intervention program for children grieving over the loss of loved ones. It involves an integration of ecological systems and grief theories as applied to a life span perspective.

Cupit, I.N. (2017). Developmental crises and global crises: Helping bereaved children and adolescents. Testing, Psychometrics, and Methodology in Applied Psychology, 24, 1 -15.

Faculty Research: Effectiveness of Exam Wrappers

Dr. Gurung

Having students reflect on how they studied for an exam can help them prepare better for the next one but exam wrappers (an intervention to do this) were not as effective as planned.

Soicher, R. N., & Gurung, R. A. R. (2016). Do exam wrappers increase metacognition and performance? A single course intervention. Psychology of Learning and Teaching. doi:10.1177/1475725716661872

Faculty Research: Equity and Equality

Dr. Cowell

In this developmental neuroscience investigation, we attempted to tap into need-based ideas of giving in the brain. Here, pre-adolescents and adolescents (8-16 years) had to decide whether to divide resources equally between areas of need and areas of wealth (e.g., a poor school and a rich school). They were given a series of resources that were either necessary (e.g., books for a school) or luxury (e.g., candy for a school). While they were making these decisions, EEG was collected. Interestingly, participants exhibited an immediate neural differentiation between recipient’s needs (as early as 200ms after seeing the scenarios) and those that illustrated a neural difference between luxury and necessity tended to give the most to the needy recipients overall. These neural activations also related to parent’s notions of justice and fairness.

Meidenbauer, K. L., Cowell, J. M., Killen, M., & Decety, J. (2016). The developmental
neuroscience of charitable giving: A study of equity and equality. Child Development.

Faculty Research: Teaching Introductory Psychology

Dr. Gurung

This is a landmark paper in one of the biggest outlets in psychology. It sets the stage for how Intro Psych should be taught across the country, based on a report from the American Psychological Association.

Gurung, R. A. R., Hackathorn, J., Enns, C., Frantz, S., Cacioppo, J. T., Loop, T., & Freeman, J. (2016). Strengthening introductory psychology: A new model for teaching intro psych. American Psychologist, 71(2), 112-124. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0040012