Category: Psychology

Hungwe and Cokely Among Top 25 Psychology Professors in Michigan

Kedmon Hungwe
Kedmon Hungwe

Associate Professor of Teacher Education Kedmon N. Hungwe and Assistant Professor of Psychology Edward T. Cokely have been named among the top 25 psychology professors in Michigan. The list of top psychology professors was just released by a nonprofit organization called StateStats. is a non-profit venture arm with the mission to advance education through the use of technology and informational tools. The goal of the top professors list is to highlight post-secondary educators who have been awarded recently for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and/or in the community.

Hungwe is the Cognitive and Learning Sciences Director at Michigan Tech. His research interests include youth and adolescent development and science education.

Edward Cokely
Edward Cokely

Cokely received the Raymond S. Nickerson Best Paper Award, sponsored by the American Psychological Association, for his co-authored paper, “Effective Communication of Risks to Young Adults: Using Message Framing and Visual Aids to Increase Condom Use and STD Screening.”

Predicting Musculoskeletal Injury Risk: A Biomechanical and Human Factors Approach

CLS and KIP Presentation

The Departments of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology will host Erich Petushek on Monday, April 8, from 2:05 to 2:55 p.m., in Meese 110. Petushek’s talk is titled “Predicting Musculoskeletal Injury Risk: A Biomechanical and Human Factors Approach.” Petushek, is currently completing his PhD at Michigan Tech. Petushek’s primary program of research integrates disciplinary knowledge and techniques from the fields of biomechanics, epidemiology, psychology, and engineering with the overall goal of reducing the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Susan Amato-Henderson at

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Neuroplasticity in the Motor System: Building a Bridge from Basic Science to the Clinic

CLS and KIP Presentation

The Departments of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology will host Alissa Fourkas on Tuesday, April 2, from 2:05 to 2:55 p.m., in Rekhi G05. Fourkas will provide a Research Presentation, “Neuroplasticity in the Motor System: Building a Bridge from Basic Science to the Clinic.” Fourkas, who earned her PhD in Health and Exercise Sciences from the University of Wales at Bangor, United Kingdom, is currently a researcher at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and serves as an adjunct faculty at Marymount University. Fourkas’ primary research interest is to study the neural mechanisms underlying motor imagery and action execution in an effort to develop useable and effective motor imagery paradigms to enhance motor learning and control in healthy and injured persons.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Susan Amato-Henderson at

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Technology and Teaching During Spring Break

Tech Silicon Valley Innovation GalleryAlt “Spring” Break

One of the student groups ventured to Silicon Valley, where they visited high-tech giants, including Brocade Communications and their board chairman Dave House ’65.

The students also visited Autodesk, Google, Cisco, Kyocera, and Tesla, some of which employ Michigan Tech alumni. Students learned about the technology of these cutting-edge corporations, career paths in Silicon Valley, and successful business strategies.

Krista Anderson, a psychology major from Kingsford, agreed. “Being able to be part of this experience definitely reassured me that I want to work for a high-tech company someday.”

“The evening was a great success with over 130 parents and children!” said Joy Reynolds, science teacher at Ludington Magnet Middle School. Clippert Academy Middle School had similar numbers. Science teacher Tracy Ortiz said that they had nearly 100 students attending, plus their parents, at Family Engineering Night.

“This is a great way to increase diversity on our campus, but more importantly, to have students who can relate to these kids and show them that a college education and a career in STEM is possible for them,” said Joan Chadde, education/outreach coordinator for the Western UP Center for Science, Math, and Environmental Education, who accompanied the students.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, by Dennis Walikainen.

Spring Break: A Chance to Explore, Learn, Inspire Others

The Tech students held Family Engineering Nights at schools. These events are designed to involve the entire family in games that introduce participants to engineering and scientific principles in a fun and engaging way.

Seeing how excited the kids were by the activities inspired Niekeiya Williams. “This trip was a chance to do something rewarding,” she says. “It really reaffirmed my decision to further my education.”

Read more at Tech Today, by Travis Gendron.

Alice Stuhlmacher Visits April 1-3

Alice StuhlmacherAs part of Michigan Technological University’s Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series, the School of Business and Economics will welcome Alice Stuhlmacher to campus April 1st – 3rd, 2013. During the visit, Stuhlmacher will visit classes in the School of Business and Economics as well as the department of Cognitive Learning Sciences. Faculty and student groups will participate in presentations and round table discussions throughout the visit.

Read more at the School of Business and Economics News, by Lynn Makela.

Stuhlmacher Presenting for VWMLS Series

Alice F. Stuhlmacher is a professor of psychology at DePaul University. Her research interests include negotiation and conflict in organizations, particularly relating to gender, labor mediators, and virtual communication. She has been active in applying meta-analyses to summarize existing research and has also published research relating to personality, workplace safety, and decision making.

Read more at Tech Today.

Ethical Decision Making

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences will host Dr. Adam Feltz on Thursday, March 28th, 2:05 – 2:55 in Rekhi G06. Dr. Feltz will provide a Research Presentation: “Ethical Decision Making”.

Dr. Feltz, who earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Florida State University in 2008, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at Schreiner University. Connecting philosophical beliefs and real-world problems Dr. Feltz’s research aims to construct ethical decision support that is intimately linked to ancient questions regarding what it is to be rational, moral, and human.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Susan Amato-Henderson at

Hypothesis Generation: Temporal Dynamics and Hypothesis Guided Visual Search

Research Presentation Being Hosted by Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Nicholas Lange will be presenting, “Hypothesis Generation: Temporal Dynamics and Hypothesis Guided Visual Search,” at 2:05 p.m., Monday, March 25, Rekhi G06.

Lange, who earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, currently holds a dual appointment as a Postdoc Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck College (University of London) and as a Postdoc Fellow at the University of Oklahoma. His research investigates the underlying role that memory systems play in supporting high-level cognitive tasks such as, judgment and decision making, with a focus on the role of hypothesis generation.

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Perelman, Zhang, Ellis, Shortz, Suss, Ghazal and Thanasuan at GRC 2013

Graduate students in Cognitive and Learning Sciences will be giving poster and oral presentations at the Graduate Research Colloquium 2013. Their presentations will take place on the first day of the colloquium, February 21, 2013, in the MUB Ballrooms A & B. Presenters, abstracts, and schedules are posted on the Graduate Student Government website.

Day 1 Feb 21 Poster Presentations 10am-12pm
Brandon Perelman
Wei Zhang
Katrina Ellis
Ashley Shortz

Day 1 Feb 21 Oral Presentations 3:00pm to 4:20 pm
Joel Suss
Saimia Ghazal
Kejkaew Thanasuan

Communicating Risks to Diverse, Vulnerable People

Rocio Garcia-Retamero, advanced associate professor from the University of Granada, Spain, is an expert in the psychology of stereotype formation, gender issues, medical decision making, and risk communication. Garcia-Retamero will present, “Communicating Risks to Diverse, Vulnerable People,” from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 31, in the MEESE Center, Room 110. She will be reviewing a collection of studies investigating the benefits of using visual aids for communicating health risks to diverse and often vulnerable individuals. Theoretical mechanisms, open questions, and emerging applications will be discussed.

Garcia-Retamero has published nearly 100 articles and chapters on these topics including two recently completed books. She is funded by grants from the “Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation” and the “Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making” in the US. Send questions to Edward Cokely at

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