Dr. Jennifer Dyck
My research focuses on various aspects of applied cognitive psychology, including problem solving, human factors and ergonomics, and human-computer interaction. I have examined real-world problem solving in a number of different areas, including reading scientific text and applying the concepts to solving corresponding problems. Recently, I have been working with Dr. McKinney on the impact of technology on instruction and educational outcomes. I have also been exploring expectations lesbians have for dating and the specific behaviors involved in the dating process. Below are recent publications.
Dyck, J. L. (2009). Creative design solutions as a class exercise. Ergonomics in Design, 17 (1), 6 - 7.
McKinney, D., Dyck, J. L., & Luber, E. (2009). iTunes University and the classroom: Can podcasts replace professors? Computers & Education, 52, 616 - 623.
Dyck, J. L. (2007). Teaching human factors principles through design of an EXIT sign. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting (pp. 1168-1170). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
As a cognitive psychologist, I enjoy teaching our course for Psychology majors, Cognitive Psychology. It is fun and challenging to encourage students to use their mind to think about how the mind works. I also teach many sections of Introduction to Psychology and enjoy dispelling the many stereotypes that freshmen have about Psychology when they enter this course. Another course I teach is Human Factors. This course gives an overview of the Human Factors and Ergonomics field (designing objects to be user-friendly), and introduces students to a potential applied career in Psychology, other than the traditional Clinical or Counseling areas. I often teach Research Methods, and have recently begun teaching the Advanced Research Methods course, which is part of our new B.S. degree.
Department and University Service
Within our Psychology Department, I often serve as the editor for the departmental newsletter. I am often on the curriculum committee, and also serve on search committees for new faculty members. My university service consists of being a member of the OSCAR (Office of Student Creative Activities and Research) committee, being a member of the SAFEZONE committee, and the faculty advisor to the student group Pride Alliance.
Selected Student - Faculty Collaboration
Foltz, R., & Dyck, J. L. (2010, April). Use of scripts in lesbian dating relationships. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.
Dyck, J. L., Eisenberg, A. E., Caldwell, A. L., Ciesielski, A. L., & Lugo, A. (2010, February). Lesbian expectations of dating relationships. Paper presented at the 35th annual Conference of the Association for Women in Psychology, Portland, OR.
Bartow, A., Borchert, C., Luber, E., & Smith, D., Dyck, J. L., & McKinney, D., (2008, April). Computer note taking in the classroom: If you type it will you remember? Paper presented at the 36th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA.
Borchert, C., Bartow, A., & Luber, E., McKinney, D., & Dyck, J. L. (2008, April). Implicit activation of associates influences confidence ratings and solvability in problem solving. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA.
Luber, E., Borchert, C., & Bartow, A., McKinney, D., & Dyck, J. L. (2008, April). iTunes University in the classroom: Can podcasts replace professors? Paper presented at the 36th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA.