News Archive 2015-2016 and Before...


Academic Year 2015-16 and Before...


Winter 2016

Great news......Dr. Nancy Carlisle joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in January 2016.  She has a fresh paper with collaborators at Oklahoma State University.

Judah, M.R., Grant, D.M., & Carlisle, N.B. (in press). The effects of self-focus on attentional biases in social anxiety: An ERP study. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.

Congratulations to Almut Hupbach! Her symposium for the international conference on memory (ICOM) in Budapest this summer got chosen by the Psychonomic society as their 2016 collaborative symposium (i.e., they will sponsor it). Check out the link!

Barbara Malt was awarded a grant from the journal Language Learning for her project “Dynamic Updating of Native Speaker Knowledge”. 


Fall 2015

Congratulations to Almut Hupbach who was promoted to Associate Professor in May after the board of trustees meeting. This Fall she starts the exciting next phase of her career as a tenured faculty member in Lehigh's psychology department.

The department successfully hosted its conference honoring Donald Campbell on September 10 and 11.

The Lehigh survey, put together by a 4 member team including the department's own professors Burke, Moskowitz, and Packer, was administered to the entire institution. In winter the results detailing the insitutional climate will be posted.

Mark Bickhard was elected as a Fellow of The American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology. Congratulations to Mark!!

Mark was also the keynote speaker for Situating Cognition: Agency, Affect, and Extension at The Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, on October 16, 2015, and delivered the talk “Representing as an agentive activity, not a structure”


Winter 2015

Jessecae Marsh was announced the winner of the prestigious College of Arts and Sciences teaching award. The ceremony honoring Dr. Marsh is March 26, 2015. CONGRATULATIONS!! 

Three members of the department -- Lucy Napper, Amanda Brandone, and Jessecae Marsh -- are recipients of the Paul J. Franz, Jr. and Class of 1968 Junior Faculty Fellowships.

Almut Hupbach was in the news discussing the role of false memory in the case of suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams' alleged false reporting relating to a 2003 helicopter downing in Iraq. Her OpEd originally appeared in The Conversation and then was reprinted by NewsWeek. Check it out!…

Faculty members Burke, Moskowitz, and Packer are leading the team of scientists to fashion the Lehigh response to the investigation held by the US Office of Civil Rights (OCR). An annual survey of Lehigh faculty, staff, and students is being constructed by the team, guided by the expertise in the psychology of prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and group relations from these psychology department scholars.

The department's offer of a new faculty position to Dr. Nancy Carlisle has been accepted! Dr. Carlisle will join the faculty in January 2016 and continue the department's growth and strength in the area of cognitive neuroscience. With interest in neuroscience on the rise among students at Lehigh, psychology is rising to meet this demand with the support of CAS and Dean Hall.


Summer-Fall 2014

December 19 - Great piece in the Washington post covering some of the research of Dominic Packer:

November 27 brings a new blog from Dr. Packer on an American Dilemma --


Mark Bickhard
Was Elected Fellow of Division 24 APA

Gave two talks at the Jean Piaget Society meetings: 1) How do you Operationalize a Person? 2) (Inter-)Action as a Framework for Understanding Piaget

Spoke at the June 12-14 conference "Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use"

Spoke at the June 23 Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2014): "Functional Dynamics of the Central Nervous System"

Delivered invited colloquia at the University of Aarhus, Aarhus Denmark and the Center for Human Interactivity at the University of Southern Denmark

Amanda Brandone
Was awarded a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health: “Contributions of motor and social milestones to infants’ intention understanding“

Michael Gill
Published two papers with his former Ph.D. student, Michael Andreychik:

Gill, M. J. & Andreychik, M. R. (2014). The Social Explanatory Style Questionnaire: Assessing moderators  of basic social-cognitive phenomena including spontaneous trait inference, the FundamentalAttribution Error, and moral blame. PLOS ONE, 9(7), e100886.

Andreychik, M. R. & Gill, M. J. (in press). Do natural kind beliefs about social groups contribute to prejudice?: Distinguishing bio-somatic from bio-behavioral essentialism, and both of these from entitatvity. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 

Presented at three symposia: 1) the International Society for Justice Research conference in NYC, 2) the European Association of Social Psychology conference in Amsterdam, 3) the Person Memory Interest Group Meeting in  College Corner, Ohio.

Received funding from the Templeton Foundation for his work (with Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel) on "When and how moral beliefs give purpose to moral action: A dynamic model of moral decision-making."

Almut Hupbach
Presented an invited paper at the International Summer School on Memory and Consciousness in Tuebingen, Germany:

Barbara Malt
Presented this summer at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Quebec City, Canada.

Zhu, H. and Malt, B .C. (2014). Cross-linguistic evidence for cognitive foundations of polysemy. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 934-939). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Jessecae Marsh
Presented this summer at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Quebec City, Canada.

Marsh, J. K. & Hick, D. H. (2014). Beliefs about experiencing and destroying art. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 970-975). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Gordon Moskowitz
Was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Health (Minority Health and Health Disparities) for his collaborative work with Jeff Stone and Matthias Mehl of the University of Arizona. They are examining implicit stereotyping and its contribution to disparities that emerge in medical interactions.

Published three papers:

       Moskowitz, G.B. (2014). The Implicit Volition Model: The Unconscious Nature of Goal Pursuit. In J. Sherman, B. Gawronski, and Y. Trope (Eds.), Dual Process Theories of the Social Mind (pp. 400-422). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

       Bean, M.G., Focella, E.S., Covarrubias, R., Stone, J.A., Badger, T.A., & Moskowitz, G.B. (2014). Documenting Nursing and Medical Students’ Stereotypes about Hispanic and American Indian Patients. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 7, 14-22.

       Moskowitz, G.B., & Balcetis, E. (2014). The Conscious Roots of Selfless, Unconscious Goals.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(2),151. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X13002100.

Lucy Napper
Joined the faculty of Lehigh University as an Assistant Professor in Psychology and HMS (Health, Medicine, and Society)

Published two papers:

Kenney, S. R., Napper, L. E., Martens, M. P., & LaBrie, J. W. (in press). Examining the efficacy of a brief group protective behavioral strategies skills training intervention with first-year college women. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Napper, L. E., Kenney, S. R., & LaBrie, J. W. (in press). The longitudinal relationships among injunctive norms and hooking up attitudes and behaviors in college students. Journal of Sex Research.

Ageliki Nicolopoulou
Presented an invited paper for a symposium to honor the memory of Shoshana Blum-Kulka at the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) in Amsterdam.

Presented an invited address at the Jean Piaget Society annual meeting in San Fancisco: Narrative development in social context: The role of peer group processes.

Pat O’Séaghdha
Presented this summer at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Quebec City, Canada.

Frazer, A. K., O’Séaghdha, P. G., Munoz-Avila, H. & Roessler, N. (2014). Competitor activation and semantic interference: Evidence from combined phonological and semantic similarity. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1108 - 1113). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Dominic Packer
Received funding from the Templeton Foundation for his work (with Mike Gill and Jay Van Bavel): "When and how moral beliefs give purpose to moral action: A dynamic model of moral decision-making."

Has published his latest blog for Psychology Today to be read at


Spring 2014

Chris Burke and graduate student Jess Goren publish in Personal Relationships.

Burke, C. T., & Goren, J. (in press). Self-evaluative consequences of social support receipt: The role of context self-relevance. Personal Relationships. doi:10.1111/pere.12039

Barbara Malt delivers keynote at the conference EuroUnderstanding sponsored by the European Science Foundation

Amanda Brandone publishes 3 papers:

Amanda Brandone receives a highly competitive grant from the National Institute of Health:

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health: “Contributions of motor and social milestones to infants’ intention understanding“

Jesseacae Marsh publishes 3 papers:

  • Marsh, J. K., De Los Reyes, A., & Wallerstein, A. (in press). The influence of contextual information on lay judgments of childhood mental health concerns. Psychological Assessment.
  • Marsh, J. K., & Shanks, L. L. (in press). Thinking you can catch mental illness: How beliefs about membership attainment and category structure influence interactions with mental health category members. Memory & Cognition.
  • Marsh, J. K., & Kulkofsky, S. (2014). The selective power of causality on memory errors. Memory.

Ageliki Nicolopoulou publishes a book chapter and a paper

  • Nicolopoulou, A., Brockmeyer, C., de Sá, A., & Ilgaz, H. (2014). Narrative performance, the emergence of peer group culture, and narrative development in a preschool classroom. In A. Cakaite, S. Blum-Kulka, V. Aukrust, & E. Teubal (Eds.). Children’s peer talk and peer learning in first and second language (pp. 42-62). NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Aksu-Koc, A., Nicolopoulou, A. (in press). Character reference in young children’s narratives: A comparison of English. Greek, and Turkish. Lingua, Special Issue: Acquisition of Reference and Referentiality.

Ageliki presents a paper at the Jean Piaget Society meeting in San Franscisco

  • Nicolopoulou, A. Narrative development in social context: The role of peer group processes. Invited talk presented in invited symposium on “Rethinking Language and Communicative Development”. Jean Piaget Society annual meeting (San Francisco: May 29-31, 2014).

Chris Burke publishes a paper with his colleague Gwen Seidman in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships on how being idealized or derogated by one's partner predicts responses to daily conflict in romantic relationships.

Almut Hupbach publishes with former Cognitive Science student Joelle Dorskind in Behavioral Neuroscience.

  • Hupbach, A., & Dorskind, J. (in press).  Stress selectively affects reactivated components of a declarative memory. Behavioral Neuroscience.



Pat O’Seaghdha and graduate student Alexandra Frazer publish in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. 

O’Séaghdha, P. G. & Frazer, A. K. (in press). The exception does not rule: Attention constrains form preparation in word production. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.

Amanda Brandone publishes on Infants' goal anticipation in Developmental Science

Kate Arrington, Barbara Malt, Almut Hupbach, Jessecae Marsh, and Pat O’Seaghdha as well as graduate students Alexandra Frazer, Amy Lebkuecher, Kaitlin Reiman, former graduate student Rachel Jobe, and former undergraduate student Kimberly Preusse present at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Toronto in November 2013.  Details about our individual presentations can be found here.

Jessecae Marsh received a faculty research grant from Lehigh University for her project “Defining the Lay Concept of Mental Illness”.

Barbara Malt publishes in WIRES Cognitive Science

Malt, B.C. and Majid, A.  (2013). How thought is mapped into words.  WIREs Cognitive Science, 4, 583–597.

Ageliki Nicolopoulou publishes with former graduate student Hande Ilgaz:

Nicolopoulou, A. & Ilgaz, H. (2013). What Do We Know About Pretend Play and Narrative Development?: A Response to Lillard, Lerner, Hopkins, Dore, Smith, & Palmquist on "The Impact of Pretend Play on Children's Development: A Review of the Evidence". American Journal of Play [Special Issue], 6(1), 55-80.

Ageliki Nicolopoulou presents at two international conferences:

Nicolopoulou, A. Using a narrative- and play-based intervention to promote school readiness among preschoolers. Paper presented at the 16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology (Lausanne, Switzerland: Sept. 3-7, 2013.)

Nicolopoulou, A., Tsimpli, I.M., Aksu-Koc, A. Referential expressions and text coherence in preschoolers’ narratives: A cross-linguistic study of English, Greek, and Turkish. Paper presented at the AEREF 2013 International Conference - Acquisition of Referring Expressions: Crossed Perspectives (Sorbonne Univ. Paris, France: October 25-26, 2013).

Mark Bickhard has been nominated to become a fellow in the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Divison 24) of the American Psychological Association and publishes several papers, one with former graduate student Jed Allen:

Allen, J. W. P., Bickhard, M. H.  (2013).  Beyond Principles and Programs: An Action Framework for Modeling Development.  Human Development, 56, 171-177.

Bickhard, M. H.  (2013).  Action, Anticipation, and Construction: The Cognitive Core.  Constructivist Foundations, 9(1). 

Bickhard, M. H.  (2013).  The Predictive Brain: A Critique.  Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence.  21 Sep 13  Oxford, UK

Bickhard, M. H.  (in press).  The Metaphysics of Emergence.  Invited.  KAIROS (

Almut Hupbach publishes on Directed Forgetting in the Journal of Experimental Psycholigy: Learning, Memory & Cognition. 



Ageliki Nicolopoulou becomes diector of Lehigh's Social Science Research Center (SSRC). 

Almut Hupbach published with former Masters Student Amanda Funk in Emotion:

Debbie Laible published two papers:

Laible, D., McGinley, M., Carlo, G., Augustine, M., & Murphy, T. (in press). Does Engaging in Prosocial Behavior Make Children See the World Through Rose-Colored Glasses? Developmental Psychology, 10.1037/a0033905

Murphy, T. & Laible, D. (2013).  The influence of attachment security on preschool children’s empathic concern.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 436-440.

Dominic Packer published two papers on how people make decisions to express dissent:

Rebels with a cause: A goal conflict approach to understanding when conscientious people dissent.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

The motivational dynamics of dissent decisions: A goal-conflict approach. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Jessecae Marsh published a paper on causal essentialism.

Ahn, W., Taylor, E. G., Kato, D., Marsh, J. K., & Bloom, P. (2013). Causal essentialism in kinds. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 66, 1113-1130.

Mike Gill presented at the International Conference on Social Dilemmas in Zurich, Switzerland in July 2013.  His talk was titled: Consistent Contributors Can Inspire Robust, Costly Generosity in Those with Altruistic Values. You can read more here:

Almut Hupbach, Barbara Malt, Jessecae Marsh and Pat O’Seaghdha attended the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Berlin (Germany) in July 2013 and gave the following presentations:

Hupbach, A., & Sahakyan, L. Exploring the boundary conditions of intentional forgetting (poster).

Malt, B.C., Li, P., Ameel, E., Pavlenko, A., & Zhu, H.  Language dominance modulates cross-language lexical interaction in late immersed learners (poster).

Marsh, J. K. & Rothman, N. B.  The ambivalence of expert categorizers (talk).

Packer, D., O’Seaghdha, P., Hupbach, A., & Bates, J. Social categories create (biased) semantic interference during face naming (talk).

Barbara Malt published the following papers (you can download her newest publications here:

Malt, B.C., Gennari, S., Imai, M., Ameel, E., Saji, N., & Majid, A.  (in press). Human locomotion across languages: Constraints on moving and meaning.  Journal of Memory and Language.

Ameel, E., Malt, B.C., and Storms, G. (in press).  Steps along a continuum of word knowledge: Later lexical development through the lens of receptive judgments.  Language Learning and Development.

Malt, B.C. and Majid, A.  (in press).  How thought is mapped into words.  WIREs Cognitive Science.

Also read Barbara Malt’s blog post at Oxford University Press:

Pat O’Seaghdha published a new paper:

Chen, J.-Y., & O'Seaghdha, P. G. (2013). Do Mandarin and English speakers think about time differently? Review of existing evidence and some new data. Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 41, 338-358.

Mark Bickhard co-organized the Interactivist Summer Institute at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL in August 2013.

and presented at the Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society in Chicago in June 2013:

Bickhard, M. H.  Towards a model of central nervous system macro-functional processing (talk).

Bickhard, M. H.  Panel: Internalization: Does it exist, and if so, what is it?

Mark Bickhard and former gradualte student Jed Allen published several papers:

Allen, J. W. P., Bickhard, M. H.  (2013).  Stepping Off The Pendulum: Why Only an Action-Based Approach Can Transcend the Nativist-Empiricist Debate.  Cognitive Development, 28, 96-133.

Allen, J. W. P., Bickhard, M. H.  (2013).  The Pendulum Still Swings.  Cognitive Development, 28, 164-174.

Allen, J. W. P., Bickhard, M. H.  (2013).  Beyond Principles and Programs: An Action Framework for Modeling Development.  Human Development, 56, 171-177.