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Psychology News

Check out the article in the Chimes about Calvin's psychology research.

Hannah KwekelHannah Kwekel

Read the article and watch the inspiring video about one of our psychology majors, Hannah Kwekel.

Linnea VenhousenLinnea Venhousen

Read more about what psychology major, Linnea Venhousen, had the opportunity to do this summer.



PaulDonPaul Moes and Don Tellinghuisen

Congratulations to Drs. Moes and Tellinghuisen on the upcoming publication of their book, Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith. The paperback is due to be published August 2014. The book is designed to accompany Introductory Psychology textbooks and classes and allow exploration of the integration of psychological concepts with the Christian Faith.

Majorie GunnoeGunnoe

Read about Dr. Gunnoe's research on associations between parenting style and physical discipline.


HelderEmily Helder

In 2013 Dr. Helder received The Faculty Lectureship Award in recognition of her scholarly achievements and professional contributions. View Dr. Helder's lecture entitled, "Outcomes in International Adoption."

Julie Yonker

Watch as Professor Julie Yonker wins Professor of the year. Read more.


Professor Yonker wanted to do more research after reading an article in Science entitled "Analytical Thinking Promotes Religious Disbelief."

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Scott StehouwerScott Stehouwer

Watch Professor Stehouwer's powerful and emotional speech to the 2012 graduates at the Senior Brunch during Commencement weekend.



Julie Yonker

Part of the homework Professor Yonker assigns in psychology 209 is
creating the life histories of older adults.

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Prof of the yearScott Stehouwer

Professor Scott Stehouwer wins professor of the year. Read more.

Blake RiekBlake Riek

Professor Blake Riek studies the motivators behind asking for forgiveness.

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Julie YonkerJulie Yonker

Professor Julie Yonker spoke to the parents of the 2011 Calvin graduates at the Parent's Breakfast during Commencement weekend.




Prof Moes
Paul Moes

What happens when the brain doesn’t become organized in the “typical” way?  Professors Paul Moes (Psychology) and Loren Haarsma (Physics) have been studying what happens when a structure called the corpus callosum, which is a set of nerve cells connecting the two sides of the brain, doesn’t develop as it should.   Instead of growing to the other side (“hemisphere”) of the brain, these nerve cells grow back into the same hemisphere.  Professor Moes has studied human patients with this condition who show a variety of social and emotional difficulties (similar to autism), along with possible coordination problems and learning difficulties.  But now the two professors are studying mice with this same condition.  The primary goal of the study is to determine if the nerve cells that should have grown to the other side of the brain form communication networks with cells in the same hemisphere.   Professor Haarsma’s expertise in electrophysiology of nerve cells (using a “patch clamp” procedure) has allowed the two collaborators to explore the nature of brain reorganization and to learn more about the basic mechanisms of brain function.  The advanced instruments used for this interdisciplinary study was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and the summer research students (Charlotte DuLaney – Physics; Dan Evans – Engineering; Jonathan Wong – Biochemistry) have been funded by the college’s Integrated Science Research Institute (ISRI).


Julie Yonker and Laura DeHaan

Laura DeHaan and Julie Yonker

Calvin psychology professors Laura DeHaan and Julie Yonker are working on research about faith and adolescence.

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Julie YonkerJulie Yonker

Read more about Julie's research on cognitive aging and the Dutch Famine.