Directed by Baine Craft, PhD, the Learning and Cognition Labs (LCL) within the School of Psychology, Family, and Community at Seattle Pacific University were established to investigate factors that influence choice and decision making in both human and nonhuman animals. The LCL consists of two laboratories — a nonhuman animal lab equipped to measure operant responding and a human lab equipped to measure choice and decision making.
The following are the broad research areas that Dr. Craft and his research team study:
- Risk-sensitive foraging
- Self-control and impulsivity
- Behavior contrast
Current research areas Dr. Craft and his research team are studying:
- The effects of reward quality on risk-sensitive foraging in Rattus norvegicus
- Risk-sensitive foraging in Black-tailed Deer
- Self-regulation and risky behavior
- The effects of priming on self-regulation
Risk-Sensitive Foraging: Changes in choice due to reward quality and delay
"The Effects of Reward Quality on Risk-Sensitivity in Rattus norvegicus."
If you are a current SPU student interested in joining the LCL research team, you must:
Complete a research contract with Dr. Craft.
Register for a minimum of 3 credits of PSY 2361 "Research Experience in Psychology" or PSY 4970 "Independent Research."
Commit to a minimum of two quarters participation as a research assistant.