Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
The offices and laboratories of the department are housed in various locations on campus, especially DeGarmo Hall, located in the center of the ISU campus. Excellent research facilities are available for students and faculty associated with the sequence in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences. We have laboratory space/observation rooms in DeGarmo Hall that are equipped with computers, audio-video recording equipment, and other hardware and software that can be used to facilitate data collection, coding, and entry. Researchers can collect data in these facilities using a variety of methods (e.g., direct observation of students in classrooms or individual assessment), and both University laboratory schools (Thomas Metcalf Elementary School and University High School) contain individual testing rooms. Department faculty members also maintain two laboratories in the area of behavioral neuroscience. One laboratory is equipped with operant conditioning chambers and open-field observation boxes for the study of drugs and neurological deficits on animal behavior. The second is equipped with electrophysiological recording instruments to study brain circuitry and the effects of drugs on neuronal activity in rats. Equipment for anatomical analyses of the nervous system is also used in this laboratory.
There are many other facilities in the department, and on campus, available to meet the research and teaching needs of our students and faculty. For example, a number of our classrooms are "smart classrooms". These classrooms contain state-of-the-art computer technology.
Likewise, our various departmental laboratories, our computer classroom (DeGarmo 13), and our Psychology Resource Center (PRC; DeGarmo 17) contain computers with excellent statistical, word processing, e-mail, and Internet connection software. In addition, the staff of the PRC can help students and faculty to schedule classrooms for mass testing research.