Tag Archives: psychology

MVPs Together Again

John Evans (left) and Aaron Thornburg during their Hornet soccer days

During their K days, Aaron Thornburg ’02 and John Evans ’02 were often together. After all, both majored in psychology, and both played on the Hornet men’s soccer team, where they shared MIAA championships (three) and team MVP honors. This … Continue reading

Mud-Luscious and Puddle-Wonderful

Jack in Puddle (Robert Murphy). Creative commons license

Spring means puddles and puddles mean children and children mean the hard work of play, a.k.a. some pretty cool voyages to some wild new worlds, all within a puddle. To prepare her latest blog post (which could easily double as … Continue reading

Sound Affects DOOM

Sound off or sound on? Turns out that music makes better DOOM–or, more precisely, players of that first-person video shooter game score a lot higher with the sound (music and effects) on … at least according to one study. Associate … Continue reading

Of Bears and Babies


Associate Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan writes a blog for the magazine Psychology Today under the topic heading “What Shapes Film? Elements of the Cinematic Experience.” That assignment keeps her eye on YouTube videos that go viral. For example, recently, … Continue reading

Face Time


We love faces; our lives depend on it from an early age. And a close-up on a face is one of the most notable differences between the experience of a movie and the experience of live theater. When we choose … Continue reading

Weeping Baby

Associate Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan wrote an article (“Why Does this Baby Weep when her Mother Sings?“) for Psychology Today that elucidates an infant’s actions in a You Tube video gone viral. The video shows an infant–Mary Lynne Leroux–emoting … Continue reading

Professor Presents Psychology Symposium


Associate Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan co-presented a symposium with the president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Andrea Halpern, in August at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition in Toronto, Canada. The symposium was titled “The … Continue reading

Psych of Music


A book co-edited and co-authored by Associate Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan  was published this summer by Oxford University Press (United Kingdom). The Psychology of Music in Multimedia (edited by Siu-Lan Tan, Annabel J. Cohen, Scott D. Lipscomb, and Roger … Continue reading