A major renovation, supported by NSF, of all of the Department's space was completed in 1998. All of the Department's 35,000+ square feet have been entirely renovated to modern standards, providing more than adequate laboratory space for all faculty and student research. Graduate students have new, semi-private offices, supplied with computer connections, and undergraduates heavily involved in research also can obtain all the space they need. A Research Skills Room contains a number of modern computers for undergraduate data analysis, and a Presentation Preparation Room contains computers, printers and imaging technology for the preparation of posters and other presentation materials, for Academic Spree Day and presentations at professional meetings.
The dedicated lab spaces in the Department are organized in clusters which characteristically contain three or four or more data collection rooms, as well as observation rooms and data coding and analysis spaces. These lab clusters include: a Family Study Center, containing several pairs of rooms in which individuals or groups can be observed and filmed through one-way mirrors; the Developmental lab with similar sets of paired rooms; a Social-Personality lab, with eight smaller rooms suitable for two to four people, and two larger rooms that accommodate 10 to 15 people, all observable through one-way mirrors and by video; a Chemical Senses lab; a Psychophysiology lab with up to date recording equipment, a Psychotherapy Research Lab; and three additional pairs of rooms which are available for use by anyone with data collection needs. In addition, the Psychological Services area includes two therapy suites which permit the observation and videoing of clinical sessions. Finally, the Department maintains two laboratory spaces dedicated to research on reasoning and to the development of scientific thinking. In addition to the myriad data collection spaces, approximately six additional rooms are devoted to data analysis and coding of other research projects. In sum, we have ample high quality space available to suit all research needs.