Resources in Biopsychology
Students studying Biopsychology at New College enjoy a wealth of on and off-campus resources to augment their academic program. These include discipline-specific laboratories, advanced software for data analysis, internship and off-campus research opportunities designed to provide real-world, hands-on experience in the field, and study abroad.
The Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center boasts seven research labs and over 100 aquariums, anchored by a 15,000 gallon research and display tank. Each tank in the Living Ecosystem Teaching and Research Aquarium features a different captive ecosystem, several with a camera to send images to a streaming video server. Through a natural filtration system designed by students, the center draws and recycles water from Sarasota Bay. At Pritzker, students and faculty also design outreach programs to engage the local community in the world of science. Learn more.
The 34,000-square-foot Heiser Natural Sciences Complex includes teaching and research labs for chemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computational science, mathematics and physics. Special equipment includes a scanning electron and fluorescent microscopes in biology, a 24-station chemistry teaching lab with transparent fume hoods and sampling equipment for field ecology. The Heiser Natural Sciences Complex is also home to Soo Bong Chae Auditorium, a tiered lecture hall for the natural sciences named after the longtime New College mathematician.
Centrally located on our Bayfront Campus, the Developmental/Social Laboratory includes an observation/testing room with an adjacent computer coding room that are available throughout the year to students in Biopsychology. The observation room can be used for testing individuals or small groups, with or without video recording of the interactions. The adjacent computer room can be used to monitor the activities live via video links on a computer monitor and to code the recorded interactions at a later time. Other rooms in the lab are available for running computerized, survey, or observational studies. Two handheld camcorders and an IP camera are available for video recording, either in the observation room or with laptop computers for offsite recording. A large, central room in the lab is also available for group studies or as a waiting room for research participants.
The New College Comparative Cognition Laboratory (NCCCL) offers resources for students to analyze animal vocalizations and behavior. Although the focus of the lab is on dolphins, students have also studied other species (e.g., manatees, lemurs, and birds) using the lab's specialized acoustic processing software and video analysis equipment.
In addition to the Developmental/Social Laboratory and the NCCCL, Biopsychology students also have access to a new Social Sciences Research Laboratory in our Academic Center and to a small computer laboratory in Bonseigneur House (the Psychology Building), as well as to general use computer labs on campus.
Advanced Software for Data Analysis
Familiarity with software used in advanced data analysis gives students a leg up when it comes to admission into the nation's leading graduate programs. At New College, students in our Biopsychology AOC have access to such leading software programs as Interact, an observation software program that allows the interactions to be time stamped with any coding scheme; SuperLab for creating stimulus presentations and measuring reaction times; CLAN and LIWC for coding and analyzing transcripts of social interactions; and SPSS and SAS for statistical analyses.
Internships and Off-Campus Research
Biopsychology students at New College enjoy internship and off-campus study opportunities with some of the region's and the nation's top research laboratories and programs. In recent years, our students have completed internships and research at Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC), Vanderbilt Neuroscience Lab, Chimp Haven, Mote Marine Laboratory, Dolphin Research Center, Dolphins Plus, Navy Marine Mammal Program, University of Miami Hearing Lab, University of Miami Touch Lab, Lemur Conservation Foundation, Roskamp Institute,, Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Some students participate in faculty programs in Panama and Honduras. Previously students traveled to Finland, Ireland and Germany through a FIPSE exchange program focused on the sciences. There is an MOU with Trier’s Umwelt Campus for exchange of students and faculty. Recently a new MOA opened with the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados for exchange of students and faculty.
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