Summer 2013 - 2015 Research Internships in
Hojooba’ bee la’ hooniil,
Undergraduate Research into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion


Faculty Research Projects:

Laurie Dickson is a Developmental Psychologist who specializes in pedagogical techniques and learning acquisition across the lifespan. Dr. Dickson’s research has focused on the effectiveness of common instructional techniques in academic learning, divorce and children’s attachment style, and facial recognition in early mother-infant communication. In 2000, she received the Outstanding Teacher Award in our College, in 2007 she received an Arizona Board of Regents Learner-Centered Education Course (Psychology 101) Redesign Initiative Award, and she has been the recipient of numerous undergraduate E-Learning Grants and an NAU Institute for Native Americans Ethnic Minority Mentoring Relationships Grant Award. “What are the behavioral manifestations (e.g., friendly facial expression, soothing voice, etc.) of compassion in college classrooms and how do these reward systems influence student success?” “What are the behavioral characteristics of the compassionate instructor within the context of student development of empathy and compassion, and what are the environmental contingencies for the creation of these teaching styles?” “What are the cultural roles of environmental programming and behaviors in the facilitation of the student’s progress through the developmental stages of compassion: global empathy, egocentric empathy, empathy for another’s feelings, and empathy for another’s life condition?”