Dr. Kara I. Gabriel

Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Psychology (Biopsychology), University of British Columbia
M.A., Psychology (Biopsychology), University of British Columbia
B.A., Psychology and English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Office: 483 Psychology Building
Phone: (509)-963-2387

Courses Typically Taught at CWU

  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognition

Research Interests

  • General experimental methodology and statistical expertise.  As Director of the Masters in Experimental Psychology program, I have mentored and chaired undergraduate and graduate theses for students with a broad range of interests.
  • Developmental behavioral psychopharmacology.  Utilizing inbred and outbred mouse strains to assess the impact of early developmental manipulations on adolescent and adult responses to drugs.
  • Determinants of risk-taking behavior.  Examining risk-taking propensity in men and women.
  • Gender differences in spatial ability.  Assessing gender differences in spatial cue use, including the use of color in object memory and differences in distal and proximal cue use.

Selected Publications

  • Pringle, G., McDonald, M.P., & Gabriel, K.I. (2015). Patterns and perceptions of dextromethorphan use in adult members of an online dextromethorphan community.  Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 47(4), 267-275.
  • Pritchard, A.J., Sheeran, L.K., Gabriel, K.I., Li, J.-H., & Wagner, R.S. (2014). Behaviors that predict personality components in adult free-ranging Tibetan macaques Macaca thibetana. Current Zoology, 60(3), 362-372.
  • James, J. R., & Gabriel, K. I. (2012). Student interpreters show encoding and recall differences for information in English and American Sign Language. Translation & Interpreting, 4(1), 21-37.
  • Gabriel, K. I., Rutledge, B. H., & Barkley, C. L. (2012). Attitudes on animal research predict acceptance of genetic modification technologies by university undergraduates. Society & Animals, 20(4), 381-400.
  • Felix, M. C., Parker, J. D., Lee, C., & Gabriel, K. I. (2011). Real three-dimensional objects:  Effects on mental rotation. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 113, 38-50.
  • Gabriel, K.I., Hong, S.M., Chandra, M., Lonborg, S.D., & Barkley, C.L. (2011). Gender differences in the effects of acute stress on spatial ability. Sex Roles, 64, 81-89.
  • Gabriel, K.I., & Williamson, A. (2010).  Framing alters risk-taking behavior on a modified Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART) in a sex-specific manner.  Psychological Reports, 107, 699-712.
  • Gabriel, K.I., & Cunningham, C.L. (2008). The effect of maternal strain on ethanol responses in reciprocal F1 C57BL/6J and DBA/2J hybrid mice.  Genes, Brain and Behavior, 7, 276-287.