Faculty and students engage in research and development activities in various arenas of Psychology through laboratories operating in the Department.
Child Development Lab
Investigations in the child development laboratory concern how children learn concepts and acquire word meanings, particularly concepts of artifacts. Research takes place both in the laboratory on campus and in local preschools.
Emotion plays a critical role in regulating the strength of retention. The work in the physiological psychology laboratory has sought to clarify this relationship by investigating the neurochemical systems and brain areas involved in enhancement and impairment of memory formation related to emotion.
Social Psychology Lab
The social psychology lab investigates issues relevant to how individuals think about and behave in the presence of others. Particular areas of inquiry include self-regulation, conflict and negotiation, and strategies and shortcomings of social perception.
Visual Perception Lab
The Visual Perception Laboratory at Swarthmore conducts research on visual adaptation and calibration, perceptuo-motor calibration, visual attention, face recognition, visual consciousness, and cognitive interference. The laboratory is equipped with stereo virtual reality and eye-tracking equipment, as well as a variety of high-quality display generation equipment for psychophysical experiments. The laboratory hosts four or five high school and college students in research positions each summer.
Social & Cultural Psychology Lab
How does culture shape and influence how we think, feel, and behave? The Social & Cultural Psychology Lab examines various social psychological phenomena across different cultural groups (e.g., ethnic groups, SES) in the US, Canada, and Japan. Ongoing projects include cognitive dissonance in interpersonal decision making, self-esteem & social exclusion, social perspective taking, and self-affirmation. The lab also investigagtes social cognitive and motivational processes involved in stereotyping and prejudice, especially with regard to the role humor plays.