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This program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of Bremen, Germany while gaining valuable research experience. Applications for the program are due on February 15, 2024. For more information and details about the program, please contact Dr. Ruscio.

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Do you want to participate in an internship and earn course credit for it while also receiving the guidance of a CofC PSYC faculty member? If so, these information sessions are for you!

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Welcome back Psychology majors and minors! We are excited to have you back on campus for the Spring 2024 semester!

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We wish all of our psychology students a great winter break! Relax, spend time with loved ones, and engage in activities that bring you joy and rejuvenation. Take care of yourself both mentally and physically, and come back refreshed and ready to tackle new challenges in Spring 2024. Wishing you a wonderful winter break!

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What’s your chronotype? Dr. Cindi May's recent report in The Conversation says that "Knowing whether you’re a night owl or an early bird could help you do better on tests and avoid scams."

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Photos from College of Charleston Department of Psychology's post 11/08/2023

Which of the big five personality factors do you think are correlated with students having more frequent academic hassles? Academic hassles were negatively correlated with both conscientiousness and emotional stability. However, there was no association with academic hassles for scores on extroversion, agreeableness, or openness to new ideas and experiences.

CofC Senior Elana White presenting these findings with Dr. Lisa Ross this weekend at the annual meeting of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists in Charlotte, NC.

Photos from College of Charleston Department of Psychology's post 11/06/2023

Does growing up with a depressed parent increase the chances that college students, struggle with anxiety, depression, and stress? Yes. And that relationship is mediated by the unpredictability beliefs (about your own life, other people, and the world in general) associated with growing up with a depressed parent.

CofC senior Ashlyn Wells presented these findings with Dr. Lisa Ross this weekend at the annual meeting of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists in Charlotte, NC.

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PSYC Department's Dr. Simonian invites you to a special campus event! The Italian Film Festival (coordinated by Dr. Giovanna DeLuca of the Italian Studies Program) is hosting a special screening of a very impactful film, entitled "Il Cerchio" (the circle) in RSS 235 on Thursday 11/2 at 1:30. The film, which will include English subtitles, represents the work of writer/director Sophi Chiarello's 5-year project following elementary school children who live and attend school in a multi-ethnic neighborhood. The film is an exceptional first-hand look at how children accept and embrace diversity, immigration, etc. It is a film that is central to child development and helps us understand today's children from a perspective of inclusion and hope. Dr. Simonian will lead a Q&A following the 108-minute film with Ms. Chiarello. Admission is free for students and faculty with their CofC ID.

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Psychology Club is having their first general club meeting this upcoming Monday, 10/23, at 7:15pm in Stern 205! They will be discussing important information about class registration, including psychology course information, past experiences of some of our psychology-majored juniors and seniors, and how to plan/register for required courses. We hope to see you there!

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The American Psychological Association (APA) is hosting a virtual graduate school fair on 11/2 from 12-6pm. This will be a great opportunity to “visit” several schools at once to learn about their programs and ask questions.

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Elana White ’24 is currently an intern at MUSC’s National Crime Victim Center, where she attends prolonged exposure therapy workshops, sits in on phone screenings and meetings, and has completed Victim Assistance Training and certifications. In Summer 2023 she completed two internships. At APTMetrics, a human resources consulting organization, Elana wrote white papers on tools, methods, and models for identifying and developing high potentials in organizations. At Joyntly Human Capital Labs, Elana contributed to translating scientific research into tangibles workplace applications by conducting literature reviews and statistical analyses that she plans to present at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Elana has conducted research with several CofC PSYC faculty. She examined the impact of a writing intervention on anxiety with Dr. Sarah Robertson, and presented her as first author at the 2023 CofC EXPO conference and as co-author at the 2023 Annual Convention of the South Carolina Psychological Association. She conducts research with Dr. Anthony Bishara on baseline slope neglect, interrupted time series data, graph judgment, and the feature present effect, and she examines the effect of romantic nostalgia on relationship strength with Dr. Chelsea Reid and plans to present her research at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in the Spring. Elana also conducts research with Dr. Lisa Ross examining links between personality and academic hassles, which she plans to present at the annual meeting of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists in the November. Also in Summer 2023. Elana was a fellow at the Dr. Shawn D. Long Organizational Science Institute, a graduate school preparatory program for members of populations that are underrepresented in graduate school and fields of organizational science.

Elana is a member Mortar Board, National Society of Leadership and Success, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi (Treasurer), and Psychology Club (Social Media Coordinator). She volunteers as a supplemental note taker for psychological statistics course, contributing 60 hours of note taking services, and volunteered for CofC Cougarthon 2022.

After graduating, Elana hopes to attend an I-O psychology Ph.D. program to pursue a research career.

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Spotlight on Social Work is this Wednesday, Oct 4. Check out the great group of panelists lined up for this event!

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Aaliyah Pickens ’23 has conducted research for the past two semesters with Dr. Gabrielle Principe studying the effects of leading questions on childhood testimony. She is also working with Dr. Serena-Kay Sims on a manuscript examining the rate of recovery between Black and White stroke victims.

Aaliyah is currently an intern at Dee Norton Child Advocacy center where she assists with intake, observes orientations and forensic interviews, and observes meetings where professionals of different fields come together to talk about a case and discuss the next steps for the child.

As a member of Students for Support (S4S), Aaliyah was explicitly trained in active listening and is su***de prevention certified to help students dealing with a range of issues from roommate conflict to su***de. In the Fall 2022, Aaliyah was elected a Secretary of S4S. In this position, Aaliyah organized volunteer hours, collaborated in executive meetings, and took recorded meeting minutes.

Aaliyah also works at Centerway Psychiatry as an Administrative Assistant preparing charts for practitioners, scheduling appointments for patients, and checking patients in and out of their appointments while answering phones and assisting patients with their needs. She ensures the patient experience is as easy and enjoyable as possible and is certified as a Mental Health First Aider.

In Fall 2023, Aaliyah was a recipient of CofC PSYC’s William Bischoff Memorial Scholarship. She is also a member of numerous clubs and organizations such as the Student Alumni Association, Student Ambassador, Psi Chi, and Psychology Club.
After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s or Ph.D. in clinical psychology that will prepare her to be a licensed therapist specializing in depression and anxiety, with the goal of owning her own practice.

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Want to get more involved in Psychology? The first meeting for the Psychology Club is this Tuesday, Sept 26 at 4:30 in Rita 343!


Thank you to the Psychology Student Opportunities Fund for supporting Psychology Major Haley Schonberg! This summer, Haley used funding she received to support her work as an intern at the National Crime Victims Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina. Describing her summer internship, Haley says: "My experience interning with the NCVC over the summer affirmed my decision to pursue a master's degree in social work. I was able to expand my education on trauma immensely and got to see so many psychological principles I learned about in my classes applied in a hands-on setting. Now, I am happy to say my internship led me to a job opportunity to be a research assistant at the NCVC."

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Dr. Jen Wright writes, “The default psychological setting for human beings is an unavoidable self-centeredness. We each stand at the center of our own thoughts, feelings and needs, and thus experience them in a way that we cannot experience the thoughts, feelings and needs of others….Yet it isn’t hard to see how it can be problematic. Take a step back from your own life to take in the whole of humanity, and you can see how this self-focus might easily distort your ethical sensibilities, leading you to overinflate the value and importance of certain lives over others and the “rightness” of your values and way of life over those of others.”

Learn how humility can serve as a foundation to a virtuous life with Dr. Wrights recent piece in The Conversation:

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Karolina Kazlauskaite ’19 earned a BS in PSYC with minors in Spanish and Crime, Law, and Society. This fall, Karolina is...
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Kristina Wasserman ’21 earned a BS in Psychology with a second major in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in Crime, L...
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