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Frequently Asked Questions:
  • What do you research? Can I assist?

    Several of my publications (which you can learn more about through Google Scholar) have focused on individual differences in consumer psychology. Compulsive buying is a primary interest, but materialism, frugality, and various emotion and emotional regulation variables have also been part of my work. Other phenomena I have investigated include mental health outcomes, narcissism, self-monitoring, curiosity, self-esteem, and relationship satisfaction and perceptions.

    Students interested in getting research experience under my supervision should be aware that my administrative responsibilities greatly limit my research time. I only occasionally recruit undergraduate research assistants through SIUE's URCA program. Conscientious students who collaborate with me will learn how to create experiment or survey materials, collect data, and analyze results. In some instances students may create posters for psychology conferences. The lab runs somewhat like a small research firm: tasks are delegated to students, and students receive mentoring, make regular progress reports, and have the freedom and responsibility to solve problems under my supervision.

  • How can I best prepare for graduate study in psychology?

    Take Careers in Psychology (PSYC 200) as early as possible. Then study the material found on this psychology graduate school FAQ page and these links on Dr. Joel Nadler's web site.

  • Where can I download a Microsoft Word template for an APA-formatted (6th edition) paper?

    Here is a popular template for APA-formatted papers.

  • Where can I find questionnaire items that assess excessive, impulsive, or compulsive buying tendencies?

    Here is a searchable catalog of excessive buying items. Use at your own risk.

  • Why are professors so busy? What do they do?

    The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides a good description of professors' work. It's well-known that university professors teach classes, mentor students, and publish research, but not as well-known that professors are required to acquire new knowledge, generate new ideas, and evaluate other people's work and ideas. But that's only part of the job. Thousands of decisions are made at universities every day, and professors participate in much of this decision-making through committee work and other university service. Many professors also lend their expertise to professional and community organizations. As they complete this work, professors must also spend a lot of time documenting what they do (e.g., completing request forms, compiling evidence of accomplishments, reporting on student problems and learning).