Psychology Research Labs
UAH's psychology research labs provide undergrad and graduate students with a variety of opportunities to extend their learning and experience within the field of psychology. Students participate as volunteers and researchers in all six of our research labs. The hands-on practice provides all students with a deeper understanding of the research methods employed by experimental psychology. And for students interested in experimental psychology beyond the bachelor's degree, our labs are a great chance to work on research projects that have the potential for professional publication or presentation.
Both large and small areas are available for team interaction research. Videotaping equipment can be used in either space. With the help of Computer Science faculty, a software program to elicit and compare team members' mental models has been created. Computers and software for online data collection are also available.
This lab has dedicated space for website development, data collection, and analysis. Software and hardware for eye tracking (used to study attention focus on websites) as well as software for online data collection, are available.
2 adjacent rooms for conducting experiments. Each rooms contains chairs, computers, televisions, VCRs and a DVD player. There is also equipment available for videotaping stimulus or in our case staged crimes.
Our research focuses on theory development and the measurement of various traits, including intelligence, personality, and certain aspects of psychopathology. We conduct research to determine whether measures of these traits are reliable and valid and whether they are subject to faking or other attempts to distort the test. Student research interests are encouraged, especially if they are related to psychometric measurement, personality, or topics related to clinical/counseling psychology.
2 adjacent rooms share a one-way mirror. Physiological recording equipment includes a Dinmap Vital Signs monitor for cardiovascular measures, portable wrist monitors for blood pressure, and Biopac system for physiological recording (EKG, EMG, GSR, Temperature, EEG). Ancillary equipment includes weight scales and a compact refrigerator/freezer unit.
Two adjacent rooms (Morton Hall 136 and 138) comprise the Lifelong Learning Lab. The testing room allows us to run experimental sessions with up to eight participants at a time using computerized and paper-based measures. The second room accommodates paper-based testing of five more participants as well as space for the researchers to score, analyze and securely store data.
One large room is used to interview participants about technology use and knowledge of everyday domains in which technology is used such as the weather. A smaller adjoining room is used to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
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