Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Dr. Jamie McMinn, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, co-authored "A Social-Cognitive Exploration of Reactions to Leiby Kletzky's Abduction and Homicide," a case study published by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in the Sciences.
Co-authored with Dr. Dana Dunn of Moravian College in Bethlehem, the study details the case of an eight-year-old boy who was killed and dismembered on his way home from day camp last summer.
The case challenges students to explore how people have responded to the abduction and homicide and to understand how those responses fit into the explanatory lenses of social psychology and social cognition. Through such active learning, students will more successfully understand and apply course concepts, not only to a human tragedy but also to their own experiences.
McMinn, who joined Westminster in 2003, earned an undergraduate degree from Emory & Henry College and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Contact McMinn at (724) 946-7121 or email for additional information.