Experimental Psychology

The faculty in the Experimental Psychology Graduate Program consists of 11 members with teaching and research interests in social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and neuroscience. The graduate program stresses laboratory research, mentored training, and formal course work. Students complete core courses in the areas of learning, neuroscience, social psychology, cognition, sensation, perception, development, and statistics. As students progress through the program, the course work and research projects become individually tailored to each student’s particular interests. The second year culminates in a written thesis and oral defense of a research project, which complete the requirements for a master’s degree. The third year consists of independent, in-depth study in the student’s area of special emphasis, culminating in a candidacy exam involving one or more products (e.g., a research proposal, a conceptual paper, several experimental studies) and an oral exam. The fourth year is devoted primarily to the doctoral dissertation. Our graduates are highly competitive on the academic and the nonacademic job markets. In fact, all of our graduates who sought academic jobs in the last five years were successful. If you are interested in applying to the University of Arkansas’s Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology, click on the “Application Information” link. For more information about the program contact the Director of the Experimental Training Program, Dr. Bill Levine.

Douglas A. BehrendDenise R. BeikeScott Eidelman; Patrick Forscher, Connie LammJames LampinenEllen Leen-FeldnerWilliam H. LevineElizabeth Hellmuth MargulisNate Parks, Darya Zabelina

Focus Areas in Social and Cognitive Processes 
The social and cognitive processes area covers topics in traditional social, cognitive, and developmental areas of psychology. Faculty in the focus area conduct research on a broad range of topics, both basic and applied, including the following.

  • Autobiographical memory
  • Coping behaviors
  • Creativity
  • Diversity science
  • Emotion
  • Emotional development
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • False memories
  • Justice
  • Language comprehension
  • Language development
  • Missing children
  • Political psychology
  • Pro-social behavior
  • Psychology and the Law
  • Self-concept
  • Self-regulation
  • Social dilemmas
  • Stereotypes

Training in the focus area involves readings, lab meetings, and research with a primary mentor as well as independent research. A biweekly focus area research meeting allows a faculty member or student to discuss his or her research with the entire group of focus area faculty and graduate students. Students are trained to develop excellent statistical and writing skills, to design and conduct team and individual research, and to participate in the profession through presentations at national and regional conferences and publication of journal articles.