Faculty & Student Research: The Neuroscience of Prosocial Thought & Behavior

DCBDr. Cowell

In this article, we argue that a growing body of evidence from developmental neuroscience suggests the role of basic processes, namely attention and approach/avoidance build to form more complex social abilities, like morality.

Cowell, J. M., Calma-Birling, D., & Decety, J. (2017). The developmental social
neuroscience of prosocial thought and behavior. Current Opinions in Psychology.

Faculty & Student Research: Dress Code Perceptions

MichaellaMLEPDr. Gurung

If you dress according to societal dress codes (and those of work and school) you are perceived to be smarter and more conscientious. All students worked on this as part of a research assistantship.

Gurung, R. A. R., Brickner, M., Leet, M., & Punke, E. (in press). Dressing ‘In Code’: Clothing rules, propriety, and perceptions. Journal of Social Psychology.

Faculty & Student Research: Power and Provocativeness

MichaellaEPvinceDr. Gurung

Changing even one button on a work blouse resulting in negative perceptions of the women viewed. Shines light on clothing and objectification. All students worked on this as part of a research assistantship.

Gurung, R. A. R., Punke, E., Brickner, M., & Badalamenti, V. (2017). Power and provocativeness: The effects of subtle changes in clothing on perceptions of working women. Journal of Social Psychology.

Faculty & Student Research: Cultural Competence


We compared changes in students’ cultural competence after taking a course in cross-cultural human development vs. completing a study abroad program.

Senzaki, S. Senzaki, S. McChesney, M.*, Schwery, A.*, & Steele, T.* (accepted). Can you teach cultural competence in cross-cultural human development class? Proceedings of the 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Nagoya, Japan.

Faculty & Student Research: Social Media and Death

OK SRIllene Cupit

A theoretical article of the impact of social media on adolescents’ views about death.

Cupit, I.N., & Kuchta, O. (2016). Death v. 2014: How children and adolescents are learning and grieving in cyberspace. In R.G. Stevenson & G.G. Cox (Eds.), Children, adolescents, and death: Questions and answers. Baywood Publishing.