Psychology Research Laboratories & Institutes

A great way to learn about Psychology and gain valuable hands-on experience is to work in the laboratories and research institutes run by CMC Psychology faculty.

A central feature of our curriculum is the involvement of students in faculty research projects. Students also develop their own research ideas and conduct studies to test their hypotheses. Laboratory opportunities provide hands-on experience in current research methods in psychology. Internships (see Careers, Internships, & Graduate School website) provide off campus learning experiences in clinical and other types of work environments.

Berger Institute

The Berger Institute provides funding for research opportunities that examine issues surrounding the intersection between work practices/policies and family patterns. Students are encouraged to develop and expand their own research ideas or work closely with our faculty affiliates on their research. Professors Kanaya’s specific research interests include the language and memory development of Spanish-English bilingual and English monolingual children from different socio-economic backgrounds and cultural dynamics.

Center for Applied Psychological Research

The research center explores the applications of psychological theories and research to two broad areas: the legal system and intergroup relations. Students in psychology contribute to research in areas such as jury decision-making, expert testimony, the prediction of dangerousness, interrogations and false confessions, the death penalty, stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup conflict. For further information, contact Professor Costanzo, Professor Krauss, or Professor Levin.

Claremont Autism Center

Students along with two faculty members

The Claremont Autism Center is a treatment and research facility for children with autism and their families.It is housed in the Leon Strauss Foundation Clinic.Students who are interested in getting hands on experience providing behavioral intervention with the children may take courses and study in the Autism Center.Additionally, there are numerous research projects available for student participation.For further information, please visit The Claremont Autism Center's website. You can also contact Professor Charlop or the center's staff at(909) 621-8598.

Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

In the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab we use the tools of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG/ERP) to investigate the role that the body plays in directing our perception, attention, recognition, and emotional processing. In addition to studying the behavior and brain function of typical individuals, we collaborate with neurologists and neuropsychologists to study people with brain-damage and atypical development.Students are encouraged not only to contribute to on-going studies but to develop their own original experiments. For further information, contact Professor Reed.

Cultural Influences on Mental Health Center

This center seeks to answer two primary questions.How does culture affect mental health?And, how do we improve the treatment of mental illness for those from diverse backgrounds? Students conduct research in areas such as immigration’s impact on family relationships, adaptation of mental health services for those from different backgrounds, cultural competence and mental health outcomes, and ethnic differences in dating preferences. For further information, contact Professor Hwang.

Decision Neuroscience Laboratory

Research in this lab examines how valuation and decision-making emerge at the neural level, and how these cognitive processes interact during choice. Using neuroscience techniques such as event-related potentials (ERP), students will contribute to research on how decision-making unfolds over time, and across domains including social and economic choice. For further information, contact Professor Harris.

Developmental Laboratory

This research laboratory examines the intersection of developmental psychology and educational policy. She is primarily interested children’s cognitive development and school performance as well as the use of longitudinal and cross-sectional methodology.Currently, she has 2 active lines of research that examine: 1) the role of language development in memory formation in bilingual and monolingual children, and 2) the longitudinal impact of IQ scores on school children’s special education diagnoses. For further information, contact Professor Kanaya.

Human Learning and Memory Laboratory

Research in this laboratory is best described as an exploration of the mental representations and cognitive processes responsible for human learning and memory. Research assistants develop an appreciation for the most recent theories and research methodologies used to understand prospective memory, source monitoring, and other memory phenomena related to recognition and free recall. For further information, contact Professor Cook.

Kravis Leadership Institute

The Kravis Leadership Institute sponsors leadership studies at CMC. The Institute hosts conferences, workshops, and speaker series, and conducts research on leadership applications, contributing to the growing body of knowledge in the field. See “Special Programs for details.” For further information, contact Professor Conger, Professor Riggio, Professor Mhatre, or visit the Kravis Leadership Institute web site.

Moral Emotions and Trust Lab

Research in the MEAT Lab examines how emotions and non-conscious processes influence judgments of equity, justice, and harm as well as the tendency to engage in antisocial or prosocial behavior. Examples of current research include 1) the influence of emotional states such as compassion gratitude and awe on social judgment, and 2) understanding the processes by which institutions lose and regain public trust after moral transgressions. For further information, contact Professor Valdesolo.