Advancing Research on Change Lab

Our team aims to bring together university faculty, community stakeholders, developers, and students at various levels of training interested in better understanding the science of addiction and recovery. We believe our team-based approach gives us a unique vantage point from which to develop new solutions and move the field forward. We disseminate our work through research publications, conference presentations, podcast episodes (https://anchor.fm/addiction-psychologist), and other training opportunities. We are also dedicated to social justice, health equity, and the recruitment, retention, and career development of trainees from historically underrepresented backgrounds (e.g., ethno-racial minorities, individuals in recovery). If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out!

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Lab Faculty Member: Noah Emery

Applied Memory Lab

My lab group conducts research on various topics in the area of applied learning and memory. Questions center on basic learning and memory principles, but with an eye toward phenomena that may be applied in educational settings to enhance teaching and student learning. As an example, my students and I have published a number of papers in recent years on the so-called testing effect, the finding that memory tests may enhance subsequent memory for tested information. This benefit of testing, consistently observed in the well-controlled conditions of the lab, also extends to educational settings. Tests not only assess what students have learned, but also enhance learning for tested material. With this in mind, several applied projects in my lab have examined the effectiveness of practice quizzes, instructor questioning, and study-strategy instruction on student performance. The take-home message? Don't just read and re-read. Don't just study and re-study. Instead, take some of that time you would've devoted to re-reading or re-studying, and use it to engage in practice testing. Or get together with classmates and test each other. Research in well-controlled laboratory conditions as well as real-world classroom environments shows that you can expect this practice testing to enhance your learning of the information and boost later test performance.

Former Doctoral Students:

Julie Bugg, Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Shana Carpenter, Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Megan Littrell-Baez, Research Associate, University of Colorado, Boulder

Paul Merritt, Assistant Teaching Professor, Georgetown University

Christopher Rowland, Assistant Professor, Eckerd College

Amanda Sensenig, Assistant Professor, Goshen College

Nancy Zook, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), University of the West of England (UK)

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Lab Faculty Member: Edward L. DeLosh

Canetto Gender and Culture Research Team

Dr. Canetto studies cultural norms, beliefs, and narratives of femininity and masculinity in four domains. A domain of her research explores cultural scripts of gender and suicidal behaviors--including suicidal thoughts, nonfatal suicidal behavior, suicide, and physician-assisted suicide--across intersectionalities of age, sexual orientation, social class, and disability. A second research stream examines cultural norms, stereotypes and narratives of women's and men's interest, persistence, and success in science and engineering. Her third research area is on cultural and gender issues in human rights. Finally, she studies stereotypes of gender, aging, and sexual orientation.

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Lab Faculty Member: Silvia Sara Canetto

Cleary Memory Lab

This laboratory engages in the scientific study of human memory. There are many ways to study human memory. In our laboratory, we conduct experiments aimed at investigating and teasing apart various human memory processes. We examine many aspects of memory, such as how people recognize that something was experienced recently, or what sorts of activities lead memory to be better or worse. In recent years we have focused a lot on residual memory during retrieval failure. A classic example of is when a person recognizes another person's face as familiar, but cannot recollect the details of when or where the face was seen before. Much of our research attempts to address what features of an event or situation can give rise to a sense of memory during retrieval failure, and what types of mental processes underlie the sense that something is familiar or the sense that something is in memory during retrieval failure. We also investigate subjective states that relate to the sense that something is in memory when we fail to retrieve it, such as tip-of-the-tongue experiences. Along these same lines, we also investigate subjective states that relate to the sense of familiarity, such as deja vu. Recently, we have been investigating how these types of subjective states during retrieval failure affect decision-making.

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Lab Faculty Member: Anne Cleary

Davalos Laboratory

In our lab, we investigate temporal processing, aspects of cognitive aging, and cognitive processes in clinical populations. One line of research focuses on understanding the development of time processing abilities over the life span. Of particular interest is the relationship between one's ability to process time accurately and higher cognitive skills such as planning, sequencing, and executive functioning. We also study time processing in clinical populations. Our research involves behavioral testing, EEG, and neuropsychological testing and we maintain active collaborations with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Center for Neurorehabilitiation Services.

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Lab Faculty Member: Deana Davalos

Driving Simulator Lab

Within the Behavioral Sciences Building lies CSU's research driving simulator. It is owned and used by the Psychology department for applied cognitive experiments, perceptual experiments, social experiments, and for upper-division psychology lab classes. The driving simulator is an example of technology purchased on CFT (Charges for Technology) funds.

The technical name for the simulator is a Drivesafety DS-600C system model. It is literally the front half of a Ford Focus automobile which contains the driver seat and passenger seat. Three projectors surround the cab to create a 180 degree field of view. The simulator also contains TV screens for the side and rear view mirrors give the driver extra viewing dimensions and realism. A recent improvement to CSU's driving simulator is the addition a motion platform. The simulator at rest has a downward tilt, but when the participant accelerates the whole simulator tilts up to simulate motion. If the participant turns right the whole simulator will accommodate so that the participant feels the change of direction.

When participants first get into the driving simulator to start the experiment, they buckle their seat belt. Why would they buckle their seat belt if they are sitting in a hacked off Ford Focus which is not going anywhere? They buckle their seat belt because it feels and looks like a car. A driving simulator's purpose in a general sense is to simulate the experience of real-life driving. It takes hardware and software to accomplish this simulated experience.

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Electrophysiology Facility

This facility houses one EEG systems, with a control area and a separate subject-running room. The system is a 32-channel Neuroscan system.

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Graham Behavioral Medicine Lab

This laboratory operates on the premise that what we eat and how much we move relates directly to our short-term and long-term well-being. We are interested in promoting physical activity and healthy eating, and in understanding how to make these behaviors the defaults in situations where they are currently impeded by various environmental and psychological obstacles. We use experimental and observational methods to identify barriers to healthy behaviors and we design interventions to reduce/remove/circumvent these impediments. Some of our current projects are described below.

Lab Faculty Member: Daniel Graham

Harman Close Relationships Lab

Dr. Harman's lab focuses on interpersonal relationships and health behaviors using social psychological theory. Employing experimental and qualitative techniques, undergraduate and graduate students actively collaborate with Dr. Harman to study a range of topics that lead to publications and conference presentations. Undergraduate students work in groups or on individual projects (e.g., honor's theses) and routinely meet with all lab members to discuss research issues, ideas, and proposals. A sample of some recent research topics studied in the lab include:
Power dynamics in families separated or divorced
Program evaluations of interventions targeted severely alienated children
Examining gender differences in the use of aggression
Assessing training of mental health providers for the assessment of parental alienation
Examining suicide risk among parents who have been alienated from a child
Examining biomarkers of stress responses among children who have been alienated from a parent
Understanding the prevalence of parental alienation in the U.S. and Canada

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Lab Faculty Member: Jennifer Jill Harman

Jessica Witt

Dr. Witt studies how a person's ability to act influences their perception. For example, softball players who are hitting better than others see the ball as bigger. Objects that can be reached and grasped look closer and smaller. Targets that are easier to catch look slower. These studies show that perception is action-specific.

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Lab Faculty Member: Jessica Witt

Karoly Lab

Our team is composed of faculty, research assistants, graduate students and undergraduate students interested in the experimental study of substance use disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective. Our research involves leveraging molecular biology methods, neuroimaging techniques and the innovative Mobile Drug Administration Laboratory (MDAL) to better understand the causes and consequences of substance use behavior. We disseminate our work through research publications, participation in scientific conferences and community engagement. Our work is both translational and highly interdisciplinary, combining psychology, neuroscience, immunology, and genetics in the service of improving our understanding of addictive processes and ultimately improving treatment options.

Lab Faculty Member: Hollis Karoly

Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life

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Lab Faculty Member: Michael Steger

Linking Early Adversity, Resilience and Neurodevelopment (LEARN) Lab

In the Linking Early Adversity, Resilience and Neurodevelopment (LEARN) Lab, we investigate how children's experiences shape their brain development. We employ neuroimaging techniques to study associations between socioeconomic factors and children's brain structure and function; the proximal factors, such as chronic stress, that explain those associations; and the implications of socioeconomic differences in brain development for cognitive and mental health outcomes. Our goal is to contribute to advances in practice and policy related to childhood socioeconomic disadvantage.


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Lab Faculty Member: Emily Merz

Neurocognitive Measurement Laboratory

Our laboratory is concerned with interpretive and statistical challenges relevant to neuropsychological research and practice.

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Lab Faculty Member: Michael Thomas

Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Research Group

Research in the Occupational Health Psychology lab focuses on worker health and well-being, and characteristics of the work environment that impact individuals and organizations. The lab serves to build a community of those studying occupational health psychology topics.

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Lab Faculty Member: Gwenith G. Fisher

Prince Lab

Our lab brings together faculty, graduate students, post-baccalaureate and undergraduate students interested in studying the nature and treatment of substance use problems, as well as the use of advanced statistical and quantitative methods. We focus on understanding factors related to intervention, prevention, and mechanisms of change. We disseminate our work through research publications, conference presentations, collaboration, and other training opportunities.

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Lab Faculty Member: Mark Prince

Rojas Laboratory

The Rojas Lab group utilizes the following technology in its research: 1. NIRx Near Infrared Spectroscopy cap-based fNIRS system with 48 emitters and 32 detectors 2. g.Tec 128 channel HiAmp active electrode EEG system 3. SR Research Eyelink 1000 Plus eye tracker with 2 kHz camera upgrade

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Lab Faculty Member: Don Rojas

Seger Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab

Our lab uses functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), cognitive testing, and anatomical imaging to investigate a variety of topics in the cognitive neuroscience of human learning and cognition. Our core research examines how interactions between basal ganglia and cortex in corticostriatal "loops" contribute to category learning. We also collaborate on a variety of projects in areas as diverse as risk taking in adolescence, recognition memory, musical harmony and rhythm processing, and neuroeconomics.

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Lab Faculty Member: Carol A. Seger

Virtual Reality Facility

A state-of-the art virtual reality system is available. This facility houses a designated computer for running virtual reality simulations along with a head-mounted display for 3D immersive interaction within virtual reality environments.

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