Director

Thomas Holtgraves, Ph.D.

Dr. Holtgraves’ primary research investigates the social psychological factors involved in the production and comprehension of language. Current research is focused primarily on the social, cognitive and neural processes underlying instances of miscommunication. For more information about Dr. Holtgraves you can go to Researcher of the Year.

 


Front row (L to R) – Rebecca Wood, Yasmine Griffin, Emmanuella Asiama-Sampong, Rishi Sarin
Back row (L to R) – Emily Cronk, Caelie McRobert, Dr. Holtgraves, Allison Sederlund, Carson Brooks, Eshmehar Sahni

Graduate Students

Allison Sederlund, B.S.

Allison Sederlund is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Master’s of Arts program and Quantitative Psychology Master’s of Science program at Ball State University. Allison’s research interests include computational linguistic analysis of language used to report dreams, longitudinal impacts of various psychosocial factors on development, and program evaluation. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, jigsaw puzzles, and rock climbing.

Rishi Sarin, B.A.

Rishi Sarin is a first-year graduate student in the Psychological Sciences Master’s of Arts program at Ball State University. Rishi’s research interests include gender, race, and child development. In his spare time, he likes playing video games, dancing, and cooking.

Rebecca Wood, B.A.

Rebecca Wood is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Master’s of Arts program at Ball State University. Rebecca’s research interests include learning and memory, undergraduate education, and the impact of nutrition on mood. In her spare time she enjoys reading, puzzles, and hiking.

Emmanuella Asiama-Sampong

Emmanuella is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Master’s of Arts Program at Ball State University. Emmanuella’s research interests are in trauma and resiliency studies. She loves to brainstorm, sew, and cook/try new food recipes during her spare time.

Caelie McRobert

Caelie McRobert is a second-year student in the Social Psychology Master’s of Arts program at Ball State University. Caelie’s research interests include implicit gender prejudice in language and its integration with Classical gender research. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games with friends, reading, and caring for her pets.


Undergraduate Students

Emily Cronk

Emily Cronk is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Psychological Sciences Bachelor’s of Science Program at Ball State University. This is Emily’s second year working with Dr. Holtgraves and, as part of their work in the lab, they presented a study at the Ball State 2022 Student Symposium that used Twitter data to investigate how people react to miscommunication. After graduation, Emily plans to pursue a Master’s in Clinical Psychology but is also interested in aspects of adolescent/adult psychology research. In their spare time, Emily enjoys playing video games, reading comics, making art, and spending time with family.

Carson Brooks

Carson Brooks is a third-year undergraduate student in the Psychological Sciences Bachelor’s of Science Program at Ball State University, with minors in Counseling and Social Work. Carson works as a Resident Assistant in the Studebaker West Residence Hall and also serves on Ball State’s main Housing Marketing Committee. In his spare time, Carson enjoys traveling, reading books, watching reality television, and drinking coffee.

Skye Allen

Skye Allen is a second-year undergraduate student in the Psychological Sciences Bachelor’s of Science Program at Ball State University, with minors in Counseling and Psychology of human development. Skye works as a student secretary for the Department of Media. After graduation, she is interested in getting her masters in social psychology and clinical mental health counseling. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends, reading, playing with her dog, and playing video games.

Jenna Kelly

Jenna Kelly is a second-year undergraduate student in the Psychological Sciences Bachelor’s of Science Program at Ball State University, with a minor in History. Jenna works as a section editor of the Honors College Literary Magazine, The Odyssey, reviewing visual art and poetry. She volunteers at a local elementary school as a literacy buddy for a third-grade class. After graduation, she hopes to work towards getting a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and work as a mental health therapist. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and movie nights with her friends.


Lab Alumni – Graduate Students

Ky Bray
Zeenat Tabaku
Yasmine Griffin

Lab Alumni – Undergraduate Students

Maia Blazek
Camron Lexa
Kyla Romines