Walker, '12, Works with VA to Evaluate PTSD Programs

Ryan Walker, '12

I will be graduating from Albion in December of 2012, because I missed a semester while training for the Marines. Since I was in the military myself, I find it extremely rewarding to have the opportunity to help our country’s veterans. As part of my psychological science studies, I am currently involved in a summer internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Battle Creek, MI.

Drolet, '12, Recognized for Victim Advocacy Work in Calhoun County

Cari Drolet, '12

Cari Drolet, a May 2012 graduate of Albion College, was honored earlier this spring for several years of dedication to regional victims of sexual assault. Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County (SAS) presented Drolet the Douglas Melhorn Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Volunteerism and Service at its annual meeting in April.

Albion Professor Examines Optimal Time for Creativity

Individuals can spend a lifetime trying to understand why it's so easy to complete a crossword puzzle one day, and a struggle to figure out a single clue the next.

According to a study co-authored by Albion College psychological sciences professor Mareike Wieth and recently published in the journal Thinking & Reasoning, the answer could be as simple as the time of day the individual is working on that puzzle.

The optimal time to complete creative tasks, it turns out, runs opposite to the belief that it's best to tackle the problem when you're well rested. Therefore, the best time for a "morning person" to sit down with that puzzle is in the afternoon, while "night owls" do their best creative thinking in the morning.

Wieth's Problem-Solving Research Lands Media Coverage

Research by Mareike Wieth, assistant professor of psychological science at Albion College, has landed coverage in several media outlets including Men’s Health magazine and the British Broadcasting Company World Service. Wieth’s recent study asked 428 students to deem themselves night owls or morning larks then quizzed them on six problem-solving tasks at different times of the day. Early birds quizzed in the p.m. and night owls quizzed in the morning performed the best on insight-based questions that required some original thought.

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