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Open Minds: An Exhibit of Psychology Department Faculty Publications Exhibit
psychology Research
Image by Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library
Shown here is an image from the exhibit "Open Minds: An Exhibit of Psychology Department Faculty Publications," on display in the Bright Gallery on the second floor of Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. The exhibit features publications from faculty in the College of William and Mary’s Department of Psychology. The exhibit is on display from March 26, 2012-January 18, 2013.

The following is a transcription of the label text presented in this case:

John B. Nezlek
Professor of Psychology

Duke University, AB with honors in Psychology and Sociology, 1973
University of Rochester, MA in Psychology
University of Rochester, PhD in Psychology, 1978

Professor Nezlek has been with William & Mary since 1977 and focuses his research on people’s daily lives. The subject of the ebb and flow of daily experiences has led to work on a variety of topics, and more recently Professor Nezlek has incorporated a cross and multicultural perspective to his research. His work as a professor has afforded him freedom to think about things that are most important to him.

Michael P. Nichols
Professor of Psychology

University of Wisconsin, Madison, BA, 1967
University of Rochester, PhD, 1973

Professor Nichols joined William & Mary in 1994, and his research focuses on clinical psychology, family therapy, couples dynamics and gender.

Constance Pilkington
Associate Professor of Psychology

Knox College, BA in Psychology, 1982
University of Georgia, MS in Psychology, 1986
University of Georgia, PhD in Psychology, 1988

Professor Pilkington focuses her research on social psychology, romantic relationship dynamics, and the self. Under the direction of Professor Pilkington, undergraduate and graduate students conduct research on applied and theoretical aspects of close relationships, such as aggression in romantic relationships and the impact of safer sex messages in the media on trust in romantic relationships.

Pamela Hunt
Professor of Psychology

Framingham State University, BA, 1987
Binghamton University, SUNY, MA, 1990
Binghamton University, SUNY, PhD, 1992

Professor Hunt has been with William & Mary for fifteen years and studies ontogeny of learning and memory, the neurobiology of memory, as well as cognitive impairments in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Hunt is working with William & Mary honors students to expand on some of her own research. This summer they will develop learning paradigms for use in zebrafish.

Christopher Ball
Associate Professor of Psychology

University of Adelaide, BS in Mathematics, 1978
Flinders University, BA with Honors in Psychology, 1983
Flinders University, PhD in Cognitive Psychology, 1990

Professor Ball has been with William & Mary for twelve years, and his research interests span memory, decision making, consciousness, first generation college students, sport psychology, and research methodology. He loves the “mental challenges involved in conducting research” as well as “working with students and getting them to think critically about psychology theories and empirical findings.”

Harvey Langholtz
Professor of Psychology

State University of New York, College at Oneonta, BS in Psychology, 1970
New School for Social Research, MA in Psychology, 1976
United States Navy Postgraduate School, MS in Management, 1979
University of Oklahoma, PhD in Experimental Psychology, 1991

Professor Langholtz has been with William & Mary for nineteen years and focuses his research on the psychology of peacekeeping and resource-allocation behavior. Previously, he has worked with the Coast Guard and served on United Nations peacekeeping missions. He finds that William & Mary students have a “genuine sense of curiosity, sincerity, service, and hopeful idealism,” which makes his teaching rewarding.

In 2009, Professor Langholtz (left) received the Peacekeeping Education and Training Award for providing “an extraordinary and extremely valuable contribution to peacekeeping education and training” at the annual convention of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) in Sydney, Australia. Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (right), Commandant of the National Defence College of Nigeria and President of the IAPTC, presented the award.

From the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. See for further information and assistance.

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