James Madison University

Research Facilities

Descriptions of Labs

PHOTO: JMU student in lab

The $13,900,000 renovation of Miller Hall as the new home for the Department of Psychology is complete and the Department of Psychology moved in on December 17, 2007.  The interior of this building was totally remodeled and bears little resemblance to its former design.  The building was redesigned primarily as a home to the Departments of Psychology and Political Science, and some facilities within the building are being developed for Graduate Psychology, Sociology, and the College of Science and Math. 

The middle floor of Miller Hall is the central location for the Department of Psychology.  Offices for full- and part-time faculty and graduate assistants as well as our administrative offices Peer Advising office are all centrally located on this one floor.  The floor also includes a computer lab, several classrooms and meeting rooms, as well as offices for our student organizations and graduate assistants. 

The biggest change that our department will experience as a result of the move is the development of newly equipped laboratories for student and faculty research.  Specialized laboratories have been developed for each of the following types of research:

  • Addiction
  • Animal Behavior
  • Auditory Perception
  • Behavior Analysis
  • Biofeedback
  • Circadian Rhythms & Sleep
  • Cognitive Science
  • Child Development
  • Cultural & Racial Studies
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Forensic Psychology & Police Selection
  • Health & Exercise
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
  • Positive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Visual Perception & Performance

The labs include a human research suite (25 rooms) and an animal research suite (16 rooms).  The facilities and equipment will tremendously enhance the ability of the Department of Psychology to provide opportunities to students to conduct laboratory-based student research.