The home of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences has a fresh appearance to welcome you back or to welcome you for the first time — either way, we’re looking forward to the start of the academic year!
The Meese Center is now featured on Michigan Tech’s Flickr account. There are vivid 360 degree photos of the labs, classrooms, and common spaces of the building that CLS calls its home.
Here’s the link to the photo gallery to get a better look!
Dr. Samantha Smith is Exploring Effects of Completing Physically-Demanding Tasks Simultaneously with Memory Tasks
You’ve heard that people are bad at multitasking, but have you thought about how well you process and remember information while exercising? Or how a heavy cognitive load impacts your workout performance?
Dr. Samantha Smith’s lab is currently conducting research to explore the bidirectional effects of completing physically-demanding tasks while simultaneously engaging in different types of memory tasks.
Want to participate? Here’s information on how to sign up!
Dr. Kelly Steelman (CLS) is the Principal Investigator of a newly funded project titled “EAGER: SAI: Illuminated Devices: A Sociotechnical Approach to Empowering Digital Citizens and Strengthening Digital Infrastructure.” The National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding a research and development grant of $299,617.
Michigan Tech faculty members Dr. Briana Bettin and Dr. Leo Ureel, who have joint appointments in CLS and CS, and Dr. Charles Wallace, who is affiliated with CLS, are named as Co-Principal Investigators.
Find the project’s abstract and additional information on the NSF’s website here.
Tyrell Buckley, a senior Psychology student and Michigan Tech hockey player, has been named a Krampade All-American Scholar for the 2020-2021 school year. He is one of nine Huskies who were awarded the honor by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Congratulations, Tyrell!
Find the full announcement on the Michigan Tech Athletics website.
The CLS faculty and staff are so proud of our latest group of Michigan Tech graduates! We hope that you all find time to enjoy yourselves and celebrate everything that you have accomplished. Please, keep in touch about your future endeavors!
Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors MS degrees were awarded to Anne Linja, Brooke Poyhonen, Kathryn Maki, and Sam Herbert
Psychology BS degrees were awarded to Erin Casey, Kayla Conn, Ellie Hirvi, Bailee Kimbel, Tim Raymond, Elizabeth Sundblad, Eddie Swagger, Ashley VanHandel, and Emily Wisz
Faculty: Shane Mueller, Elizabeth Veinott, Kelly Steelman, Kevin Trewartha, Samantha Smith, Susie Amato-Henderson
ACSHF MS Graduates: Brooke Poyhonen, Kathryn Maki, Sam Herbert
Psychology Graduates: Eddie Swager, Bailee Kimbel, Kayla Conn
Graduate student Brooke Poyhonen knows. She guest blogged for the Unscripted Research Blog to write about her experiences participating in these rewarding, resume-boosting challenges and how an idea grew into forming a startup.
Here is the link to learn more about Brooke and the benefits she found in hackathons.
Open to students in grades 9 through 11, Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs now include an Engineering Psychology and Human Factors Course. Students can experience how psychology and engineering combine to design products, equipment, and systems that improve everyday life. The course will be held from July 11 to July 17.
For more information, click the link here.
Come get some fresh air and de-stress before finals. All Psychology and ACSHF students are welcome to hike some local trials and have hot chocolate afterwards.
Meet Sunday, April 25, at 2 pm in the Tolkien Trails Parking Lot. Remember to wear a mask and shoes that can get muddy. Email Dr. Samantha Smith with any questions at email@example.com.
Dr. Kelly Steelman was invited to be a guest blogger for a website dedicated to promoting the advantages of attending smaller colleges. More specifically, she wrote about why Michigan Tech should be considered if a prospective student is interested in pursuing a psychology degree.
Dr. Steelman highlighted the opportunities and advantages of our CLS department, such as the low student to faculty ratio, the locally based internship program, and the enriching research experiences. Students are given the competitive edge of a large school but with the small school touch. Also, she emphasized Michigan Tech’s unique offering to study psychology and explore its connection to engineering or computer science.
Here is the link if you would like to read the blog post in its entirety.