Psychology Department
Dr. Jennifer Dyck

Dr. Jennifer Dyck

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Research

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. 

McMay, D. V., & Dyck, J. L.  (in press).  Using smart phones in the college classroom.  In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (Volumes 1, 2, & 3). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

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.
 
Dyck, J. L., Panepinto, M. P., Emo, A. K., & Wojcik, T.  (2007).  The effect of automated telephone menu structure on user frustration and performance.  Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting (pp. 449-453).  Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Teaching

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. 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 also enjoy teaching the Advanced Research Methods course, which is part of our B.S. degree.  I have also occasionally taught the Senior Honors Seminar.

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 or on the merit awards 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

Hilts, D., Johnson, H., Dorler, Z., & Dyck, J.  (2014, May).  The effects of personality on situational factors based on incentives.   Poster presented at the 16th annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.

Pietropaolo, G., Schiefer, F., & Dyck, J. (2014, May).  Social facilitation and cognition.  Poster presented at the 16th annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.

Sengillo, C., Lind, L., & Dyck, J. (2014, May).  Effects of multitasking on academic performance.  Poster presented at the 16th annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.

Stam, K., Burgess, J., & Dyck, J. (2014, May).  Examining associations between digital calendar use and prospective memory.  Poster presented at the 16th annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.  (Also selected for presentation at Innovative Exploration Forum: Undergraduate Research in New York State’s Public Higher Education System, Albany, NY.  April 1, 2014).

Urtz, K., Miller, J., Baum, K., & Dyck, J. (2014, May).  Fluid interventions and cognitive function.  Poster presented at the 16th annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.

Whiteford, N., Ciulla, L., Nichols, D., & Dyck, J. (2014, May).  Examining the effects of background music on memory recall introverts and extroverts.  Poster presented at the 16th annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition, Fredonia, NY.

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.


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