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Facing the Music: Reproducibility Studies to Guarantee Scientific Validity

Throughout many science communities, there is a growing call for the results of important research to be reproduced to verify the validity of earlier studies. Within the Department of Psychology, Professor Andrew Oxenham is conducting a multi-site reproducibility study on the effects of musical training on the perception and neural coding of speech.
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Ready for Research

“I knew that my intention was to ultimately get a PhD in psychology and to be a licensed practitioner. I knew what I wanted to do, and I was ready to do what I had to do to get there.” Alum Carissa Coudray (BA ‘18) is pursuing a higher degree in her field. With the help of research opportunities in the psychology department and connections with faculty, she is able to turn her goals into a reality.
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mPerf: Measuring Workplace Performance Is Just the Beginning

It is not inconceivable that future high school students won’t have to take the SAT or the ACT, says Professor Deniz Ones. They’ll download some apps on their mobile devices, link their wearable sensors, and let colleges collect data for a couple of months. Ones is a member of the mPerf research team, conducting a multimillion dollar project about using data from wearable sensors to predict and measure workplace performance. It could have far-reaching impacts for all workplace and educational assessments.
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Sharon Borine Award Winners

Meet the three psychology undergraduate students—Abigail Barthel, Shelby Wilcox, and Feng Gooi—who received the Sharon Borine Award in fall 2016. These awards are given each semester and acknowledge undergraduate seniors whose final submissions for their major project course are of the highest quality.
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Relationships at a glance: Trust, security, and emotional well-being

Social psychology professor Jeffry Simpson’s areas of research include attachment processes, social influence in relationships, social development, and health outcomes. He studies how relationships work within a psychological model based on attachment theory, which claims there are basically three types of people: secure, avoidant, and anxious.
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Science After School: Raising Our Next Generation of Scientists

Associate Professor Cheryl Olman started a new class that pairs University of Minnesota undergraduates with 7th and 8th graders at Murray Middle School to create their own science fair projects. Through the class, the undergraduates learn to be supportive mentors by working with younger students, while the middle school students learn to understand basic scientific ideas by working one-on-one with the undergraduates.
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Understanding Autism

New Assistant Professor Nicola Grissom studies mice to help us understand the genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, in humans. “The more we understand how the brains of people with autism are different, the more we can help them adapt to the world,” she says.