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Psychology Research Labs 

USCB LEAD Psychology Laboratory

LEAD Lab Classroom TeachingThe USCB LEAD Psychology Laboratory allows students to conduct research on early affective development by creating their own research questions, engaging with the community to collect data and presenting their findings. Last academic school year students collected observational data and are continuing to generate thematic findings and group trends in mask wearing behavior. Students are also examining preschool teacher survey data on how COVID-19 has affected their classroom and their students’ social skills. The LEAD Psychology Lab is led by psychology professor Dr. Carmen Farrell.

USCB Social & Cultural Psychology Laboratory

Psychology Students with Professor

The Social & Cultural Lab's Fall 2022 team: Students Dani Agcaoili, Traliya Mitchell, Lily Clough, Jack Weaverling, Hogan Drane (not pictured: Graceyn Yonce & Mike Francois) with Dr. Kyle Messick.

The USCB Social & Cultural Psychology Laboratory provides students with opportunities to get firsthand experience conducting research that can lead to opportunities that include publications and conference presentations. Students learn important skills including open science practices, developing theory, writing a literature review, conducting data analyses, formatting a manuscript for publication and networking with colleagues globally. The lab is staffed by student volunteers that work alongside social psychologist Dr. Kyle J. Messick on projects within the domains of psychology of religion, psychology of music and broader studies exploring social and cultural psychology. Currently, the lab is exploring the relationship between collecting behaviors and compulsive buying within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Upcoming output from the lab includes new cognitive and evolutionary approaches to atheism, the experience of dis/ability in the context of metal music culture, the psychological functions of the nontheistic sacred, the relationship between misogynistic music and misogynistic beliefs and a critical evaluation of Milgram’s obedience studies using a new paradigm.

Student Research and Scholarship Day 2023

Algeria Scott
“I knew I wanted to be Forensic Psychologist since I was in middle school. The classes I am currently taking and the professors are guiding me for success in that career. My favorite class is Life Span Development, it magnifies the importance on children's mental health, and it also spotlights which stage in development is important. The class I’m eager to take is Forensic Psychology, because it will give me a real-life example of what my career would look like. ”
Algeria Scott
Psychology major, Class of 2024