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Tyler Jacobs begins as a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Swarthmore College (August 2022)
Lab alum Paige Lloyd receives a National Science Foundation CAREER award to support five years of her research... congrats Paige! (July 2022)
Tyler Jacobs successfully defends his dissertation (June 2022)
Lab alum Paige Lloyd publishes findings from her dissertation (along with co-authors Kurt Hugenberg, Allen McConnell, and sister Dr. Audrey Lloyd) in a Social Psychological and Personality Science paper documenting how people (Black and White, laypeople and medical providers) are poorer at detecting pain among Black individuals compared to White individuals (June 2022)
Makenna Linkey completes her honors senior thesis examining how social rejection by different social groups affects social needs fulfillment (May 2022)
Tyler Jacobs and Allen McConnell's paper in Journal of Environmental Psychology examines the role of self-transcendent emotions on pro-environmental beliefs and behaviors (May 2022)
Allen McConnell is named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (January 2022)
Tyler Jacobs, lab alum Lauren Gottschalk, and Allen McConnell's paper in Sustainability explores how different types of recycling pledges can improve conservation outcomes (September 2021)
Allen McConnell and his colleagues at Cincinnati Children's Hospital receive a $1.68M NICHD grant for a five-year project studying the benefits of therapy animals for children recovering from traumatic brain injuries (August 2021)
LaCount "JJ" Togans successfully defends his comprehensive exams (August 2021)
Jill Korach and Allen McConnell's paper in Sustainability presents their framework for integrating nature, communities, and belief systems into people's self-concepts based on fieldwork with their NGO partners in India (July 2021)
Allen McConnell is named among the top 2% in career impact for social psychologists (June 2021)
Allen McConnell receives the Distinguished Alumni Award in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Indiana Univ. (October 2020)
Tyler Jacobs and Allen McConnell's paper in Journal of Environmental Psychology explores how self-nature representations predict greater pro-environmental engagement (September 2020)

Lab members with active research projects

Allen R. McConnell, Ph.D., Lab Director
I have been at Miami University since 2000, after previously being a professor at Michigan State and at Penn State. My research examines how self-nature representations can promote pro-environmental behavior, how relationships with entities such as family and pets affect health and well-being, how people decode others’ nonverbal displays, the interplay of implicit and explicit evaluations, and how self-knowledge influences emotions, goals, and actions. My service includes being Editor in Chief of Social Psychological and Personality Science, Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and of Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and President of the Midwestern Psychological Association.

Tyler Jacobs, M.A., Graduate Researcher
My primary research interests involve examining how people’s attitudes, motivations, emotions, and self-representations related to nature may promote or hinder their pro-environmental behaviors. I am also interested in how experiencing awe affects people’s self-concept and related cognitive processes.

LaCount "JJ" Togans, M.A., Graduate Researcher
My research examines cultural differences between East Asian and Western cultures regarding various topics in social cognition (e.g., attitudes, communication processes, self-concept organization). I also am interested in investigating how discrete emotions (e.g., nostalgia, embarrassment) affect attitudes and persuasion-related processes.

Bamidele Osamika, M.Sc., Graduate Researcher
Bamidele is a graduate student in Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. He has a master's in clinical psychology from the Univ. of Ibadan (Nigeria), and he was a Department of Psychology faculty member at Lead City Univ., Ibadan, Nigeria (2016-21), publishing 17 papers on well-being. Bamidele is developing research on pro-environmental behaviours and interventions to improve the quality of life of people, animals, and plants.

Liv Boch, Undergraduate Researcher
My research examines environmental factors that can facilitate or impair people's performance on cognitive tasks and how cultural contexts can moderate these effects.    

Makenna Linkey, Undergraduate Researcher
My senior thesis project is examining how social rejection experiences from different types of social groups have different impacts on subcomponents of people's experience of well-being.

PASS lab alums and most-recent positions

Tyler P. Jacobs, Visiting Asst Prof of Psychology, Swarthmore College
Brandon T. Humphrey, Visiting Asst Prof of Psychology, Miami Univ.
E. Paige Lloyd, Asst Prof of Psychology, Univ. of Denver
Hayley M. Skulborstad, Director of People Analytics, CVS
Tonya M. Buchanan, Assoc Prof of Psychology, Central Washington Univ.
Christina M. Brown, Research Manager, Meta, Seattle
Robert J. Rydell, Assoc Prof of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana Univ. Bloomington
Jeanette M. Renaud, Senior Research Analyst, RTI, Durham
William A. Jellision, Prof of Psychology, Quinnipiac Univ.
Jill M. Leibold, Director Jury Research, Litigation Insights, Los Angeles
Keith E. Neidermeier, Clinical Professor of Marketing, Kelley School, Indiana Univ. Bloomington
Deidra J. Schleicher, Prof and Chair of Management, Iowa State Univ.
Melissa J. Ferguson, Prof of Psychology, Yale Univ.
Kristy K. Dean, Assoc Prof of Psychology, Grand Valley State Univ.
Vicky L. DeSensi, Assoc Prof of Psychology, Wilmington College

Hooding photos


Brandon Humphrey's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., August 2021


Paige Lloyd's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., August 2018

 


Hayley Skulborstad's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., August 2016

 


Tonya (Shoda) Buchanan's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., August 2014

 


Christina Brown's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., May 2009

 

BJ Rydell's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., May 2005

Jeanette Renaud's doctoral graduation, Michigan State Univ., May 2003

Jill Leibold's doctoral graduation, Michigan State Univ., May 2000

 

My doctoral graduation (with Jim Sherman), Indiana Univ., June 1995

 

Group and lab photos



PASS Lab Dinner at SPSP in Portland 2019
Me, Brandon Humphrey, Paige Lloyd, JJ Togans, and Tyler Jacobs, February 2019



PASS Lab Graduate Students
Me, Paige Lloyd, Brandon Humphrey, Ryan Walker, Hayley Skulborstad, Jason Deska, and Tonya Buchanan, May 2015

 



Three Generations of Academic Family
BJ Rydell, Melissa Ferguson, Jim Sherman, and me, Duck, NC, June 2007

 

Michigan State Grad Students, Conference on the Self
Amani El-Alayli, Jeanette Renaud, Ernest Park, Peggy Chin Evans, Bill Jellison, me, and Jill Leibold, April 1999

 

Penn State Grad Students, Keystone Social Psych Conference
Me, John George, Kris Eyssell, Melissa Ferguson, Deidra Schleicher, John Wall, and Jill Leibold, April 1997


Lab Members, Spring 2019

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Lab Members, Fall 2013


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Lab Members, Fall 2011

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Lab Members, Fall 2008

 

Lab Members, Spring 2005

 

Lab Members, Spring 2004

 

Lab Members, Spring 2003

 

Lab Members, Spring 1995

 

Office photos across the years



My first office in the new Psychology Building, Miami Univ., Spring 2010

In my current office, Psychology Building, Miami Univ., Fall 2013

 

My first office in the new Psychology Building, Miami Univ., Spring 2010

In my office at Miami Univ., Benton Hall, Fall 2001

 

In my office at Michigan State Univ., Baker Hall, Fall 1997

 

In my office at Penn State Univ., Moore Building, Fall 1995

 

In my office at Indiana Univ., Psychology Building, Spring 1995

 

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