Involvement in research is an excellent way for you to learn about psychology almost literally from the inside out. Expand your understanding of a particular area of psychology and increase your technical skills in the field through research experiences, which are also great opportunities for faculty members to mentor talented students in the field. 

Psychology research at Cornell

Psychology department faculty conduct research in a range of areas and involve 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 opportunities 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 & professional conferences

Each year, Cornell students present the results of their research at the Cornell Student Symposium. 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

  • Green, M. A., Rogers, J., Ohrt, T., Nguyen, C., Blasko, K., & Martin, A. (in press). Attentional bias to weight-related stimuli in disordered eating: Cardiac and affective indicators. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
  • Green, M. A., Ohrt, T., Nguyen, C., Blasko, K., Beauman, B., Sarver, M., Demo, C., Khatiwada, S., Martin, A., Marie, C., & Munson, K. (2014). HR and affective reactions to state self-objectification as a function of gender. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36(3), 259-271. doi: 10.1080/10973533.2014. 900620
  • Astley, S. L., Aird, T. & Bouton, M. E. (2014). Asymmetries in time-based and feature-based discriminations in humans: Linking the Long + and Feature-Positive effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition,4, 193-205.
  • Astley, S. L. and Aird, T. (2013, November). Providing outcomes on all trials reduces the Feature Positive Effect. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, Ontario.