Psychology Department is housed on the 4th and 5th floors
of Sharpless Hall, a building shared with the Biology Department.
A renovation of the psychology lab spaces took place during
the summer of 2000, and our facilities are now part of Haverford's
new Integrated Natural
Science Center (INSC).
The Psychology Department research facilities
and resources include:
A suite of research rooms, located on the 4th floor of
Sharpless Hall, is reserved for student research purposes.
This facility houses eight Windows workstations which are
loaded with current software for statistics (SPSS v11.0)
and experimental stimulus presentation and millisecond data
acquisition (E-Prime). A brand new Macintosh-based digital
video editing studio, a high resolution scanner, and a laser
printer are also available for student research. These rooms
also include one-way mirrors that can be used for the collection
of observational data, as well as sufficient space for conducting
experiments in group dynamics.
A cognition laboratory including a computer-controlled
MIDI keyboard and music synthesizer system capable of generating
a wide variety of stimuli for studies in perception and
memory. Other equipment includes audio sound systems and
VCRs, and a computer-interfaced response system for data
collection. The department has equipment for recording and
editing of audio and videotapes.
A biological psychology laboratory, used for faculty and
student research, in addition to teaching laboratory courses,
contains a range of equipment and resources. This lab includes
an animal colony, equipment for computer-controlled physiological
recording (e.g. EKG, EEG, GSR) from humans, stereotaxic
manipulation, and several types of behavioral assessment
A neuropsychology lab containing equipment for computerized
tachistoscopic experiments on brain laterality in humans.
The suite of rooms includes one large room as well as two
individual participant testing rooms, as well as computing
facilities used in the creation of stimulus materials, experiment
presentation and data collection, and data analysis. Specialized
equipment such as a chinrest, response-time buttonboxes,
and standardized personality and emotion questionnaire instruments
are housed in this lab.
A social psychology and relationship sciences lab including
multiple workstations for computerized data collection (e.g.,
reaction time data, internet-based measurement), as well
as facilities designed for dyadic observations. In addition,
the lab houses a number of personal digital assistants (i.e.,
“Palm Pilots”) for use in daily-diary studies.
Many laboratory courses are taught in state-of-the-art computer
classroom in the INSC equipped with statistics and experimental
design software on 20 student workstations. Additional laboratory
computers in Sharpless Hall are devoted to student and faculty
research projects. Lecture courses are typically taught in
two classrooms adjacent to the psychology faculty offices
on the 4th floor of Sharpless, or in the nearby Sharpless
The Psychology lounge, also on the 4th floor of Sharpless
Hall, provides a communal, informal interaction space for
students and faculty. The lounge contains a range of psychology
books and journals (not maintained by the library), information
regarding graduate schools, file cabinets containing readings
for senior projects, and a kitchenette.