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March 2010 issue | Volume 3, Issue 5 Latest Information | Issue Archives | Unsubscribe
Psychology Majors Shine in Spring Sports

Maybe knowing about human behavior gives Psychology majors an advantage in athletics - or maybe the department is just lucky to have accomplished student-athletes among its majors. On the softball team, Christine Roser is again leading the Tars this spring, recently earning Conference Player of the Week and thus far tallying an RBI for every two at bats. In tennis, Margaret Junker leads the squad with a 9-2 singles record and also boasts a 7-4 doubles record playing in the #1 slot with Kayli Ragsdale. In basketball, Ryan Ferranti came off the bench for 13 points in the Tars first-round win in the NCAA Division II tournament. In baseball, Psychology majors Taylor Ferguson and Ryan Luker each bat better than .340 and have contributed 47 RBI in the first 25 games. Two of the top five scores on the women's lacrosse team are Marissa Giannerini (20 goals) and Mallory Surpless (9 goals). Great job to these and the many other fine Psychology student-athletes!
Graduating Seniors Must Take MFT This Week
All graduating seniors are required to take the Major Field Test in Psychology produced by the Educational Testing Service. You should have already signed up with Vicki Long for a time to take the exam. The test asks questions relevant to Psychology, and allows the department to assess how effective its major is. You are not expected to study for this exam - first, you have been "studying" for 3 and a half years, and second, we examine the scores on an aggregate basis (rather than individual basis). Your job is just to show up when appointed and do the very best you can. Times: Wednesday, March 17 from 6-9 p.m. (Bush 229), Thursday, March 18 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Bush 229), or Thursday, March 18 from 5-8 p.m. (Bush 362). The exam is mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact the Psychology Administrative Assistant, Vicki Long.
Good Neighbor Conference: Special Panel
For the past few years, the Rollins College Department of Psychology and the Rollins College Child Development and Student Research Center have hosted a Good Neighbors Conference in honor of Children's Television star and Rollins Alumnus Fred Rogers ('51). Last year's event featured decorated children's author/illustrator James Ransome. This year's event features a faculty and student panel entitled Developing a Moral Compass: A Good Neighbors Conversation. The panel will focus on personal and social responsibility of Rollins students in and out of the classroom. All Rollins community members are invited to the panel, which will be Wednesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in Bush 120. You may also wish to contribute a parenting or children's book to the Good Neighbors Book Drive taking place to support a new library at the Coalition for the Homeless.
Fall Registration
The week of March 22 is pre-registration week for Fall Semester, and the following week of March 29 is Advising Week. The fall schedule includes a variety of great 300-level electives (Sensation and Perception, The Mind-Body Problem, Health Psychology, Sleep, Dreams, and Behavior, Adolescent Development, Psychopathology, Childhood Disorders), and a great new 400-level offering, Youth Development in Schools. Some of the electives are rare offerings, so this is the time to take those courses if they interest you. In addition, a brand-new course debuts in the Fall called Perspectives in Psychology I: Perspectives on the Self. If you are a Psychology major and have taken Introduction to Psychology, you are advised not to take this 100-level offering. However, if you are new to the major or are planning to declare a major or minor in Psychology next year, you are strongly advised to take this course, which will most likely replace the Introduction to Psychology requirement for majors declaring after Spring, 2010.
The movie A Beautiful Mind was indeed based on an amazing true story - that of Nobel Prize winner John Nash, whose mathematical "game theory" has been influential in the physics of chaos, evolutionary biology, and computer science. Nash's promising career was derailed by his schizophrenia, a disorder characterized by hallucinations and often delusions of persecution. Nash did indeed believe he was the victim of evil conspiracies, as profiled in the movie. In the movie, however, Nash was portrayed as suffering frightening visual hallucinations. Like most victims of schizophrenia, Nash did not have persistent visual hallucinations, but did have frightening and uncontrollable auditory hallucinations.
Dr. Suzanne Woodward did her dissertation at the Montefiore-Einstein School of Medicine in New York City. Under the direction of Edward Tauber, a psychiatrist who studied sleep in iguanas, Dr. Woodward tested the effects of linear acceleration on sleep - her subjects slept on the top floor of the research building in a motor-powered bed! She reports that linear acceleration facilitated sleep, but that staying up all night to run subjects meant she would fall asleep on the subway on the way home. She was robbed three times.
•3/22-26 Fall, 2010 pre-registration
•3/26 WF Deadline (drop w/o penalty)
•3/29-4/2 Advising week
Shrink Rap is an email publication of the Rollins College Department of Psychology. This issue can also be found online. The newsletter is sent monthly during the academic year to Psychology majors and minors in A&S and Holt, students in A&S psychology classes, psychology faculty and staff, and friends of the department.