Research and Creative Inquiry Activities


My research interests are broadly based on the effects of stress and fatigue on humans - our ability to function, our health, and our well-being. Almost any topic that relates to stress and fatigue can capture my interest. My team and I use a wide range of measures to assess the effects of stress and fatigue including performance measures, subjective measures, emotional cognition/recognition measures, and physiological measures.

I also work with a Creative Inquiry team that uses social media to share information about the human brain, how the brain works, and how it affects our daily lives and choices.

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Student Involvement

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in learning more about the research process and in gaining research-related skills are welcome to join my research team.  Graduate students can participate through course credit (i.e., independent research, thesis, and dissertation credit) or as volunteers.  Undergraduate students participate through Clemson University's Creative Inquiry program and register for course credit through PSYCH H4900, H4910, 4980, or H4980.  I encourage interested undergraduate students to join our research team no later than their junior year.  Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to stay involved in the research team for multiple semesters to take full advantage of the learning opportunities intrinsic in our research team and effort.  Students can be involved in any of my research projects, depending on their interest and our current research topics.

Students have the opportunity to be involved in several stages of the research process depending upon the number of semesters that they remain on the team including: literature searches to find necessary background information, reading and critically evaluating background literature, data gathering, data management in Excel, data analyses in SPSS, and data presentation and publication. Students involved in my research team during the spring semesters will also complete a poster presentation at the research exhibition on campus. Because of the on-going nature of our research effort, students have the opportunity to become immediately involved in the research process beginning in their first semester. Furthermore, students who work for a minimum of 4 semesters on our research team have the opportunity to attend regional and national research conferences to give presentations about our work.

Students also work on the Brain Tips team. This group works to identify interesting and pertinent scientific articles about a wide range of productivity, health, and well-being that would be of interest to other students. The students write a short summary of the topic and then promote their ideas using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This team provides in-depth experience in reading scientific literature and applying the ideas in ways that will interest other students. They also practice summarizing the ideas in a meaningful way and write multiple posts for our Facebook page. Students work on my Brain Tips team for a minimum of 2 semesters and complete a poster presentation at the research exhibition on campus each spring semester.

Please contact me if you are interested in joining any of my Creative Inquiry and research teams.


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