Robin Arkerson

Associate Professor

Psychology

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Education

2005University of Wisconsin MadisonPhD
1999University of Wisconsin MadisonMS
1992Boston UniversityBA

Teaching

  • PSY250 Biological Bases in Behavior
  • PSY393 Research Methods in Physiological Psychology
  • PSY478 Emotion

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Introduction to the biological basis of behavior. Topics will include basic neuronal functioning and brain specialization, as well as the relation of other biological systems (e.g. sleep/wake cycles, circadian rhythms) to brain function and behavior.

Introduction to the biological basis of behavior. Topics will include basic neuronal functioning and brain specialization, as well as the relation of other biological systems (e.g. sleep/wake cycles, circadian rhythms) to brain function and behavior.

Fundamentals of research methodology in psychological research including literature review, hypothesis generation, design, measurement, statistical analysis, ethics and APA format writing style. Emphasis on the selected cognate content areas of physiological psychology.

Broad overview of emotion topics including affective neuroscience, emotion and cognition, disorders of emotion, and emotional development. Requirements include an oral presentation.

Broad overview of emotion topics including affective neuroscience, emotion and cognition, disorders of emotion, and emotional development. Requirements include an oral presentation.

Graduate seminar offered for one semester on a specific topic. Topics vary according to student needs and faculty expertise in particular areas of study. This course may be repeated with change of content.

Graduate seminar offered for one semester on a specific topic. Topics vary according to student needs and faculty expertise in particular areas of study. This course may be repeated with change of content.

Research

Research Interests

  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Emotional development
  • Affective physiology
  • Development of aggressive behavior
  • Social relationships in childhood

Select publications

  • Locke, R. L., Davidson, R. J., Kalin, N. H., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2009).
    Children’s context inappropriate anger and salivary cortisol.
    Developmental Psychology, 45(5), 1284-1297.
  • Locke, R. L., Miller, A. L., Seifer, R., & Heinze, J. E. (2015).
    Context-inappropriate anger, emotion knowledge deficits, and negative social experiences in preschool.
    Developmental Psychology, 51(10), 1450-1463.
  • Locke, R. L., & Lang, N. J. (2016).
    Emotion knowledge and attentional differences in preschoolers showing context-inappropriate anger.
    Perceptual and Motor Skills, 123(1), 46-63.
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