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I am Psyched!
I am Psyched! is a multimedia pop-up exhibit that explores the history of contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology.
I am Psyched! was designed and implemented by the APA’s Women’s Programs Office (WPO), the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron, and Psychology’s Feminist Voices Oral History and Digital Archive Project as part of Women’s History Month in 2016. Other partners include the Council on Women and Girls at The White House and the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations program.
Visit the exhibit at Drexel University’s W. W. Hagerty Library from February 27 – March 10, 2017.
Popular Psychological Tests
Are you interested in learning more about Psychology? Below are some of the websites that contain information about some popular psychology experiments. If you are interested, take some time to visit these websites and learn more about the research in the field.
This experiment is aimed to train the brain processing. When people are required to read aloud a color that is also written in that color, their brain processes the words fast. For example, the word blue in blue paint is easier to read than the word blue painted in red. This experiment helps us to analyze how the brain functions when given tasks requiring attention and not just processing. There are two phenomena explained that could be the cause as to why we have a problem saying the word red to describe the word blue in red paint. The speed of processing theory states that words are read quicker than the color can be named and the selective attention theory which supports that our brains encounter an interference because the brain needs more time to process the color than read the word.
Reaction Time Test
This is an interesting experiment that requires one’s undivided attention. In order to perform the test one has to be calm which is hard to do because the test itself makes you nervous. Waiting for the green light is not hard, but the anticipation of clicking the button can cause one to click before because they try to time how long the actual red last.
In this experiment our blind spot is examined. By looking at numbers that are different sizes we are forced to focus on the one number instead of the yellow dot in the other picture. The distance between the retina itself and the yellow spot is a key factor. When you are closer to the screen rather than farther, you do not see the yellow spot.
In this experiment, we were asked to look at pictures flickering and report when we noticed a change. When images are moving rapidly or even flickering one is forced to focus on one thing and try to see if that is the one thing that changes which can be difficult causing us to lose sight of some of the actual image details.
In these experiments the psychologist test out people’s ability to select their attentions. The problem is not that people choose what to focus on but rather that they are confident they would notice these changes when confronted with them. When we are required to focus on one thing we lose sight of many other details. These experiments not only help us to understand how our minds work but also how cautious we should be because we tend to deceive ourselves especially when we assume we would not be deceived.
Credit for links and descriptions of psychological tests: Godlyne C. Saint Croix- Psychology 499
I am Psyched: Special Events
W. W. Hagerty Library - Bookmark Cafe
Monday, February 27, 5-7 pm
Women of Color in Psychology: Panel Discussion
- Dr. Maria Schultheis, Department Head of Psychology and Professor
- Dr. Danette Morrison, Assistant Teaching Professor
- Dr. Fengqing (Zoe) Zhang, Assistant Professor
- Lauren Johnson, EdM, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Graduate Student
Friday, March 10th, 2-3 pm, Location to be announced.
Visiting the Exhibit
Individual self-guided tours are available during regular library visiting hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). Visitors without a Drexel DragonCard should schedule an appointment by contacting Dorothy Charbonnier at 215.571.4407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description of display contents for visitors to I am Psyched! exhibit (downloadable PDF).