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Psychology

Guyla Davis

  • Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Developmental Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Research interests

Dr. Davis’s research interests include psychological issues related to retirement (including psychological retirement planning and retirement adjustment and satisfaction), measurement and intervention program development, and judgment and decision-making (particularly risky decision-making). Dr. Davis is currently working on a validation study for a measure of psychological retirement planning, a study examining the meaning of retirement and retirement plans of women, and a decision-making study examining information used in making voting decisions.


Chris Long

  • Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Personality and Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts

Research Interests

Dr. Long’s research focuses on emotion, especially as it relates to aloneness and interpersonal relationships, including relationships with media personalities. He has published in top journals in social psychology and in communication studies, and his work has been cited in textbooks in social psychology and in human sexuality. Currently, he is working on a range of projects exploring how people’s relationships with media figures and brands help them regulate their emotions and to process brand-related information.


Randall Wight

  • Professor and Chair

Education

PhD, Biopsychology, Memphis State University

Research Interests

Dr. Wight has published studies in comparative psychology, the psychology of teaching, and the history of psychology.

His recent work focused on molecular neuroscience examining ajulemic acid (a synthetic cannabinoid) and resveratrol (a phytoestrogen) as potential treatments of neurodegenerative disease. Using microglia, astrocytes, and neuroblastoma as cellular models of multiple sclerosis, the research centers on identifying the modulating effects of ajulemic acid and resveratrol in neuroinflammation, the receptors through which these modulation effects occur, and a role for ajulemic acid and resveratrol in neuroprotection.

Another emerging research line is the influence of the perception of ovulation on estimates of time.