Psychology majors Jada Hallengren '08 and Chris Davids present the results of their research on eating disorders and depression during a poster session at the 2008 Cornell Student Symposium.

Undergraduate Research

Involvement in research is an excellent way for students to learn about psychology almost literally from the inside out.  Students who are engaged in research are able to greatly expand their understanding of a particular area of psychology and increase their technical skills in the field.  Research experiences are also great opportunities for faculty members to mentor talented students in the field. 

Research at Cornell

Many Cornell faculty members conduct research that involves students as collaborators,

  • Suzette Astley conducts research on associational processes in the learning of emotions and the acquisition of stereotypes. 
  • William Dragon studies interpersonal attraction and psychophysiological correlates of social behavior. 
  • Alice Ganzel examines emotional factors in decision making in adolescents.
  • Melinda Green founded the Cornell College Eating Disorder and Body Dissatisfaction Research Laboratory. She studies biological, psychological, and sociocultural predictors of eating disturbance. The research team has published many manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and presents annually at national conferences.  

Research at collaborating institutions

Through special arrangements, Cornell Psychology students have recently worked with a number of research programs at other institutions, including:

  • Department of Cognition and Information Sciences, Chiba University (Japan)
  • Department of Neurology, University of Iowa
  • Huntington’s Disease Center for Excellence, University of Iowa.  

Cornell Student Symposium and professional conferences

Each year, Cornell students present the results of their research at the Cornell Student Symposium. Examples of their abstracts can be found on the psychology symposium page. Psychology students have also presented their research at regional or national meetings of professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association.

Selected publications and presentations involving Cornell students

  • Astley, S. L., Cutts, E. A., Simpson, S. & Burke, J.  (2003, May).
    Priming of object recognition in pigeons.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Astley, S. L., Latterell, H., & Burnett, S.  (2007, November).
    Picture priming in a two-choice successive discrimination task.  Poster presented at the  48th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Long Beach, California.
  • Green, M., Davids, C. M., Skaggs, A. K., Riopel, C. M., & Hallengren, J. J. (2008).
    Femininity and eating disorders.  Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 16(4), 283-293.
  • Green, M. A., Scott, N. A., Riopel, C. M., & Skaggs, A.  (2008).
    Feminist identity as a predictor of eating disorder diagnostic status.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64(6), 777-788.