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 examining how digital calendars are used and how they can aid prospective memory. I have also been exploring expectations lesbians have for dating and the specific behaviors involved in the dating process. Below are some of my 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 being on the advisory board for the Women's and Gender Studies Program.
Selected Student - Faculty Collaboration
Olesko, M., Burgess, J., Zmuda, S., & Dyck, J. L. (2013, May). The effects of group dynamics and persuasion on student attitude change. Poster presented at the 15th annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.
Paiko, L., Stam, K., Dupont, A., & Dyck, J. L. (2013, May). Examining the effects of reading format on memory retention. Poster presented at the 15th annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.
Stam, K., Griffith, C., & Dyck, J. L. (2013, May). Examining associations between digital calendar use and prospective memory. Poster presented at the 15th annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.
DeMaria, J., & Dyck, J. L. (2013, April). Altering the contents of our wandering minds. Poster session presented at the 41st Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA.
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.