Psychology Department

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Moyer Hall Facilities

Completing the academic circle around Muhlenberg College, Moyer Hall features state-of-the-art classrooms and lab spaces. The building is shared with the Education, Philosophy, and Religion Departments.  The eastern half of the second floor of Moyer is devoted to Psychology Department faculty offices. The offices are near computers and seating areas available to students which facilitates informal interactions (and often deep relationships) among faculty and students.

There are 12 shared classrooms in Moyer.  Each of these rooms has a "tech wall" which projects computer images and video images. Moyer classroomOne classroom is dedicated exclusively to psychology. That classroom (shown) includes four adjacent rooms each with four computers, permitting close student-faculty interaction during methods, statistics and advanced lab courses.

In addition, there is a computer classroom on the third floor of Moyer Hall with 16 terminals that integrate computers into the teaching/learning process. The instructor's computer is a Sympodium - a touch screen device blending the best of computer presentation and old-fashioned "writing on the board."

The entire basement of Moyer Hall is dedicated research space for psychology. There are several rooms for small group experiments, and 10 cubicles to run individual participants. Most lab rooms are equipped with computers. We also have dedicated interview and data analysis rooms for conducting qualitative research.

To analyze data, the Muhlenberg Psychology Department primarily uses SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), available on the campus network. We also have several computer programs designed to assist with data collection, including reaction time software (DirectRT), and computer-based survey administration (MediaLab). We also own several "Biopacs" which include equipment and software designed to collect psychophysiological measures such as heart rate, respiration and galvanic skin response. Our students also conduct surveys administered via the world wide web.

rat doing an odor discrimination taskOur animal facility is housed in the New Science building and allows for learning and memory research with rodents. Student researchers conduct studies using the sand maze, odor discrimination digging task, operant chambers, and elevated plus maze.


Campus Technological Resources

In addition to the resources mentioned above, students can also work in 4 other general purpose academic labs on campus, plus 10 residence hall labs, a special services lab, and other special purpose labs on campus. In addition, there are an increasing number of wireless networks available in the library and common areas around campus. All major residence hall rooms are wired for access to the internet and campus network for students who want to bring their own computers. Muhlenberg computing provides a student help line for students who need assistance with computers or software.

Students also have access to Trexler Library, including its online journals and online databases (e.g., PsycINFO). The librarians often set up a special Psychology Resources page to help students learn about library- and web-based resources. In addition, many psychology professors post course syllabi, lecture outlines, and assignments online.