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Dr. Kara I. Gabriel

Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Psychology, Univ of British Columbia
M.P.A. (Masters of Professional Accountancy), Central Washington Univ
M.A., Psychology, Univ of British Columbia
B.A., Psychology and English, Univ 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.

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