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It's no secret that Oregon State University is a leading research institution.  The faculty in the College of Liberal Arts also contribute to that recognition.  Through the many disciplines within Liberal Arts, the College paints research with a broad brush of activities. This page features a research story from each school within the college.

School of Psychological Science

Kids' decision-making abilities linked to behavior problems in adolescence: Oregon State study examines how parents can help their kids learn and improve decision making skills.

School of Arts and Communication

Colin Hesse recently published in the Journal of Communication.  He co-authored a paper on the differences in understanding emotional communication.  The research project used brain scans to measure and code participant responses to viewing pictures that communicated feelings.  Read the article here, Alexithymia and Impairment of Decoding Positive Affect: An fMRI Study.

School of History, Philosophy and Religion

Associate Professor of History Marisa Chappell was recently interviewed for the story, The Stigma of Welfare in White Working Class America, for the website

School of Language, Culture and Society

Daniel Lopez-Cevallos, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, recently published Foreign-Born Latinos Living in Rural Areas are more likely to Experience Health Care Discrimination: Results from Proyecto de Salud para Latinos in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

School of Public Policy

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Brett Burkhardt, recently co-authored Durkheim, Punishment, and Prison Privatization in Social Currents.  Burkhardt and his co-author discuss how for-profit firms carrying out punishments are motivated by private gain.

School of Writing, Literature and Film

Ehren Pflugfelder recently published Cell Phones, Networks & Power: Documenting Cell Phone Literacies in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 19, no. 2 (2015).  Pflugfelder presents cell phones as agents that can hold a great deal of influence in our everyday activities and literacies. In order to get closer to how these powers function in an educational context, this project explores cell phones through an explanation of a student video project and an analysis of that video.