Facilities and Resources

Hill Facility

Hill Hall 

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Address: 901 S National Ave Springfield, MO 65897

Building abbreviation: HILL

The Department of Psychology and The Gerontology Program, are housed in Hill Hall and part of the historic quad on Missouri State University's campus, includes the following facilities:

  • The Psychology & Gerontology Advisement Center
  • Department of Psychology & Gerontology main office
  • Faculty offices
  • Large lecture hall
  • Computer lab, open to all undergraduate and graduate students
  • Graduate student lounge, complete with workstations and computers
  • Computer classrooms
  • Psychology and Gerontology Research Assistant Opportunities

Research facilities

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Located in Hill Hall

Equipment for exploration

Our department is committed to providing quality facilities and equipment that support the research endeavors of our faculty and students. We believe that research is of utmost importance in the academic success of our students and the further development of the psychology field. Our research resources provide a detailed look into some of the research currently being conducted by our faculty and students.

Yadon Lab

Located in Hill Hall

Brain and Behavior lab

This lab utilizes BioSemi EEG equipment for recording the brain's response to sensory stimuli and a BIOPAC system for recording pulse and galvanic skin response.  Cognitive behavioral measures and neuropsychological assessment are also used.  The primary line of research in the lab attempts to bridge cognitive processes with neurophysiological processes.

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Located in Hill Hall

Clinical labs

Primarily used for honing group therapy techniques, two clinical labs are located in Hill Hall. These rooms are outfitted in a manner similar to most clinics. However, our labs are equipped with video cameras, audio recording devices and one-way mirrors. Students practice their interviewing and diagnostic skills while their peers observe the process and make recommendations following the exercise.

Fischer Lab

Located in Hill Hall

Experimental labs

A variety of smaller experimental labs are available on the fourth floor of Hill Hall. From a conference room format to smaller rooms with tables, these labs can be utilized for a variety of projects. Also, some labs are equipped with computers, which are used for test-taking and data analysis

Eye Heart Lab

Located in Park Central Office Building

Eye/heart lab

Visual scanning equipment is used in the eye/heart lab to measure the number, duration and the scanning pattern of visual fixations displayed when a person visually attends to a stimulus. This equipment and research has been used to develop a heart rate model of adult visual learning and future studies aim to apply this model to infants for the creation of possible interventions to promote visual learning and development.

Health Lab

Located in Hill Hall

Health lab

Located in Hill Hall, the health lab houses a cold pressor and galvanic skin response machine. Most research conducted in the health lab concerns the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in health populations.

Child and Todler Lab

Located in Park Central Office Building

Infant Behavior Lab

Located in Park Central Office Building, researchers in the Infant Behavior Lab study the motor, cognitive, and social development of infants and young children using behavioral observation methods and neurobehavioral assessments.

Mnemonic Strategies Lab

Located in Hill Hall

Mnemonic Strategies lab

Located in Hill Hall, researchers in the Mnemonic Strategies Lab examine educational applications of various mnemonic (memory enhancing) strategies, such as the keyword method, the face-name mnemonic, the pegword method, and the digit-consonant mnemonic. For example, a recent study applied the face-name mnemonic to learning artists and their paintings (divided into representational and abstract sets), and found immediate and delayed benefits for those using the mnemonic technique compared to an own best method control group.

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Located in Hill Hall

Psycholinguistics lab

The Psycholinguistics lab researches the separation between word meaning and word use in language.  We are interested in how people know that "you're the bomb!" means that "you are cool" and not "you are going to explode".  We also research how people are able to judge the frequency of events around them, the difference in social word use and textbook word use, and how people learn languages.

Additional facilities

Beyond the primary Springfield campus, our department operates the Learning Diagnostic Clinic in the Meyer Alumni Center and provides various research facilities in the Park Central Office Building. The gerontology department is located in Hill Hall.

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Park Central Office Building

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Address: 117 Park Central Square Springfield, MO 65897

Building abbreviation: PCOB