In Memoriam: Robert Grose

Amherst College notes the passing of Robert Freeman "Bob" Grose, professor emeritus of psychology, on May 11, 2014. He joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology in 1950 and went on to serve, at various times, as the college's recorder, registrar, director of institutional research and Affirmative Action officer before his retirement in 1992.

An obituary with more information is available here.

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Child Learning and Development Lab

Prof. Carrie Palmquist works with a child in her research lab.

Just the Facts, Ma’am

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Angelina Gomez’s summer research was part of a larger effort by Associate Professor of Psychology Matthew Schulkind to study gender differences in memory.

"No, I Am Your Father"

Are men more likely than women to accurately recall movie lines? As part of a psychology professor’s research into this question, Angelina Gomez ’14 has scrutinized exactly 635 quotes that Amherst students think they know by heart.

Don't Be Cruel

"The Psychology of Good & Evil"

Submitted on Monday, 11/19/2012, at 11:46 AM

By Katherine Duke ’05

Last year, a 2-year-old in Foshan, China, wandered into the road, where vehicles repeatedly struck her, and for a full 10 minutes thereafter, not one of the many passersby stopped to help the child; she died of her injuries a week later. In Guyana in 1978, hundreds of members of the “Jonestown Cult” fatally poisoned themselves and their children at the urging of leader Jim Jones. In the 1930s and 1940s, more than 23,000 non-Jews in at least 45 countries risked their lives to aid, hide and protect Jewish people, even as the Nazis were committing systematic mass murder.


Submitted by Criss Guy on Monday, 12/19/2011, at 7:54 PM

From West Indians and Africans:

Lisa Raskin, John William Ward Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Those Tunes in Your Head? Not as Many as You Think

imageBy Peter Rooney

If you’ve ever marveled at being able to recognize a song after hearing just a snatch of it, don’t get too proud of your towering intellect. According to Matthew Schulkind, associate professor of psychology, we don’t actually remember songs from our past as well as we think we do.

The Mismeasure of Woman