Psychology News

The critical thinking skills Temple Psychology students learn at the College of Liberal Arts fuel their scientific inquiries in the classroom and beyond. Below you’ll find chronicles of their experiences and journeys, along with those of our faculty and alumni. Read their stories and please reach out to us if you have a Temple Psychology content idea to share. The Department of Psychology educates undergraduate and graduate students in psychology’s various disciplines; performs cutting-edge research to answer academic questions; and provides psychological services to help individuals and the Greater Philadelphia community. Our faculty members are some of the top authorities in their field, ensuring the education they provide our students empowers them to one day become psychological science leaders themselves.

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Originally from Pennsylvania, Asmaa Abdullah spent 17 years living in Saudi Arabia before returning home. At Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts, she’s continued expanding her already broad worldview and setting herself up for her future.

The act of anticipation might seem emotional, but inside your brain, it’s something much different. It’s an exercise in focus. To that end, Temple University Psychology Professor Peter Marshall and a team of researchers from the University of Washington have discovered a new method for showing how a child’s brain anticipates touch. Their findings, which produced a colored “scalp map,” show brain activity during anticipation and were published in the November issue of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Erik Oberholtzer, CLA ’91, is the founder of fast-casual chain Tender Greens and charitable organization the Sustainable Life Project. Oberholtzer recently accepted a 2018 Temple Gallery of Success Award and spoke with Environmental Studies students about fostering sustainability.

Dr. Richard G. Heimberg, the Thaddeus L. Bolton Professor of Psychology, collaborated with Dr. Marisol Tellez Merchán, Associate Professor in Kornberg School of Dentistry to attain a $2.59 million dollar grant to combat dental anxiety. This research has been covered by the following media outlets:

 Dr. Liz Gunderson has received a 2018 Understanding Human Cognition Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. The grant is for $600,000 over six years, and there were only ten awards given out this year.