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Erin Buchanan - Missouri State University. Springfield, MO, US

Erin Buchanan Erin Buchanan

Associate Professor, Psychology | Missouri State University

Springfield, MO, UNITED STATES

Dr. Buchanan researches how large lexical databases explain our memory networks and the relationship of concepts to each other.





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Dr. Erin Buchanan is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Missouri State University. The department has about 800 undergraduate majors (including a double major in gerontology), more than 25 full-time faculty and 50-60 graduate students in one of three tracks: experimental, I/O and clinical). She works closely with the experimental psychology track.

Dr. Buchanan teaches a variety of statistics courses including: baby stats (undergraduate basics), advanced stats (undergraduate/graduate mix of multivariate methods), graduate stats (graduate basics), structural equation modeling, alternative designs, non-parametrics and more. She also teaches first-year seminar and Memory and Cognition and Psychology and Language. In addition, Dr. Buchanan runs comprehensive exams and generally serves as a mentor for students who are interested in Ph.D. tracks.

She founded the Deciphering Outrageous Observations and Modeling (DOOM) lab when she joined MSU. It has included almost 10 graduate students and three times as many undergraduate students. Her research mission in that capacity has been in two primary domains: applied statistics and computational linguistics.

Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning Research

Areas of Expertise (5)

Memory Computer Programming Linguistics Statistics Psychology

Accomplishments (5)

Academic Advising Excellence Faculty Advisor Award (professional)

National Academic Advising Association

Curtis P. Lawrence Award for Excellence in Advising Recipient (professional)

Missouri State University

Curtis P. Lawrence Teaching Award Recipient (professional)

Missouri State University Honors College

Research Award Recipient (professional)

Missouri State University Honors College

Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award (professional)

Teaching Academy

Education (3)

Texas Tech University: Ph.D., Experimental Cognitive Psychology 2008

Dissertation: "What's the difference: A study on semantic and associative priming and blocking"

Texas Tech University: M.A., Experimental Psychology 2006

Thesis: "Feature binding: Not Quite so Pre-Attentive"

Texas A&M University: B.S., Psychology 2004

Affiliations (4)

  • Southwestern Psychological Association : Member
  • Association for Psychological Science : Member
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association : Member
  • Psychonomic Society: Member

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (1)

MSU psychology professor launches scientific nail polish

The Standard  online


Nail polish with a purpose is what Missouri State associate psychology professor Erin Buchanan is striving for as she released her own polish line dedicated to promoting research and ideas in science.

Parallax Polish, an indie nail polish company, launched this past August with its first set based around influential women in science.

“I’ve always been into really girly things and got into the indie scene where things aren’t your average, well-known products,” Buchanan said. “I joined a group online where everybody else was making their own polish. I researched how to make it and got a lot of feedback online.”...

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Minds-Eye (1)

Answering big questions through statistics

Dr. Buchanan works on developing computer-adaptive testing to answer life's big questions.

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Articles (8)

Examination of body checking, body image dissatisfaction, and negative affect using Ecological momentary assessment Eating Behaviors


Research has shown that non-clinical women, particularly those with high body concern, engage in frequent body checking behaviors...

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Prioritizing Harm Journal of Personality Assessment


In this study, we examined if a self-report of trait spite, the Spitefulness Scale, retains the same associations with dark personality traits in individuals with severe mental illness...

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Rasch Analysis of Measurement Instruments Capturing Psychological Personal Factors in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine


To evaluate the metric properties of distinct measures of psychological personal factors comprising feelings, beliefs, motives, and patterns of experience and behaviour assessed in the Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Cohort Study (SwiSCI), using Rasch methodology...

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Assessment of Meaning in Adolescents Receiving Clinical Services in Mississippi Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: An Application of the Purpose in Life Test‐Short Form (PIL‐SF) Journal of Clinical Psychology


This study's purpose was to assess perceived meaning in adolescents. Specifically, our goals were to examine the psychometric properties of the Purpose in Life test-Short Form (PIL-SF) and its ability to predict psychological outcomes in an adolescent sample...

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Meaning, resilience, and traumatic stress after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: A study of Mississippi coastal residents seeking mental health services Journal of Clinical Psychology


The present study examines the relationship between resilience, perceived meaning in life, and traumatic stress symptoms among coastal residents of Mississippi directly affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also known as the Gulf oil spill)...

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JAM-boree: An application of observation oriented modelling to judgements of associative memory Journal of Cognitive Psychology


Null hypothesis significance testing is criticised for emphatically focusing on using the appropriate statistic for the data and an overwhelming concern with low p-values. Here, we present a new technique, Observation Oriented Modeling (OOM), as an alternative to traditional techniques in the social sciences.

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English semantic word-pair norms and a searchable Web portal for experimental stimulus creation Behavior Research Methods


As researchers explore the complexity of memory and language hierarchies, the need to expand normed stimulus databases is growing. Therefore, we present 1,808 words, paired with their features and concept–concept information, that were collected using previously established norming methods.

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The semantic priming project Behavior Research Methods


Speeded naming and lexical decision data for 1,661 target words following related and unrelated primes were collected from 768 subjects across four different universities. These behavioral measures have been integrated with demographic information for each subject and descriptive characteristics for every item.

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