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Prof. Derek Isaacowitz named editor-in-chief of psychological sciences journal

Congratulations to Prof. Derek Isaacowitz for being named the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) next psychological sciences editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Prof. Isaacowitz says about his new role as editor: “This is such an exciting time for the psychological study of aging and gerontology, with new […]

Profs. Lisa Feldman Barrett and Derek Isaacowitz receive NIH grant

Congratulations to Profs. Lisa Feldman Barrett and Derek Isaacowitz who recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for their project, “Affect regulation and beta amyloid: Maturational factors in aging and age-related pathology.” The goal of the project is to assess how affect regulation strategies are protective of cognitive and affective functioning in […]
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Prof. Chuck Hillman featured in the New York Times

Recently, Prof. Chuck Hillman was featured in the New York Times in an article titled, “Losing fat, gaining brain power, on the playground.” The article discusses Prof. Hillman’s research that found that physical activity in children on the playground improves their brain health and thinking. To read the full article, click here.

Prof. Iris Berent receives grant from the National Science Foundation

Congratulations to Prof. Iris Berent who recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, “Collaborative research: role of the motor system in phonological and phonetic processing.” The project is in collaboration with Alvaro Pascual Leone and Albert Galaburd at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and  explores the role of embodiment and abstraction […]

Prof. Lisa Feldman Barrett featured in NPR

Recently, Prof. Lisa Feldman Barrett was featured in an article in NPR entitled, “The Making of Emotions, From Pleasurable Fear to Bittersweet Relief.” The article features highlights from an interview with Shots, Health News from NPR, in which she discusses a new theory of emotions from her new book, “How Emotions Are Made: the Secret […]

Psychology Department Graduation Ceremony 2017

On May 4, 2017, a special department ceremony and reception was held for graduating Psychology majors (January, May or August 2017 completion) and their families. All Psychology graduates were recognized and congratulated and special awards were given. The following awards were given to some of our most outstanding students: ◆Co-op Excellence Award: Kyle Forgeron ◆Faculty Scholar […]

PhD Candidate Yian Xu wins RISE award

Congratulations to PhD candidate Yian Xu who received the RISE Scholarship award for Social Sciences, Business, and Law for her project titled, “Cognitive Bias in Legal Decision Making: New Evidence from Psychological Studies.” Check out this article, “RISE Awards: Grit over Glamour”, and read about what Yian has to say about her work. Well done, Yian!

Former student publishes paper and realizes love for scientific research

Congratulations to Melanie Arenson, B.S. in Psychology 2015, who recently published a paper in Cognitive Science entitled, “Anthropocentric by Default? Attribution of Familiar and Novel Properties to Living Things.” Arenson is currently working at the University of California San Francisco, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center on projects studying PTSD and cardiovascular health and […]