Linda Tropp Publishes New Social Science Research Demonstrating the Importance of Diversity in Classrooms

"Schools remain one of the few social institutions that have the potential to bring youth together across racial and ethnic lines. New social science research demonstrates the importance of fostering sustained interracial contact between youth in order to prepare them to thrive in a multiracial society. This brief aims to summarize much of this new evidence, with special attention to its practical implications for the social relations and contexts within schools."

2018 Senior Celebration Reception Photos

On Saturday, May 12, the PBS Senior Celebration Reception was held in the Student Union Ballroom. This event was a great opportunity for graduates and their families to socialize, meet faculty and advisors, and have some fun! Department Chair Caren Rotello congratulated the graduates on the high degree of excellence they have achieved. The College of Natural Sciences Senior Celebration was held later that day in the Mullins Center. Congratulations to our graduates! 

Research and Outreach Collaboration with UMass Extension Urban 4-H Program in Springfield

Several PBS faculty, graduate students, and staff members of the developmental science program have been working with UMass Extension 4-H to deliver “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) hands-on educational and research participation activities on healthy behavior and brain development to Springfield youth.

2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium Held in Tobin Hall

The Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on April 26 in Tobin Hall. This event gives undergraduates the opportunity to share their excellent research with faculty, graduate students, and peers. It’s a celebration of our students’ honors theses, their hard work, and the valuable outcomes of their research. Many students present at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference the following day.

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Linda Tropp Selected as Recipient of the 2018 Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology

linda troppLinda Tropp has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), which "honors the author(s) of a specific article or chapter offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contribution that has proven highly influential over the last 25 years."  

Dongwei Wang joins the Rudd Adoption Research Program as Data Manager

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences welcomes Dongwei Wang in the position of Data Manager for the Rudd Adoption Research Program. Dongwei will be handling data analysis for the program and helping the Center for Research on Families performing methodology consultation. Working with Harold Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology and Jennifer Dolan, Program Manager, she will contribute her expertise in data organization and statistical methods to several ongoing research projects. We are sure Dongwei will quickly become a valuable resource to both her team and outside reviewers, providing for them information and clarification on the program’s various publications.

Institute for Diversity Sciences Awards Inaugural Seed Grants

​Nilanjana  Dasgupta, director of the campus's new Institute of Diversity Sciences, also College of Natural Sciences director of faculty equity and inclusion, and the institute steering committee have announced the first six multidisciplinary teams that have won seed grants of up to $12,000 to conduct preliminary studies investigating new research questions about the causes or consequences of group disparities or diversity from multiple scientific angles. 

Study by Alexandra Jesse and Michael Bartoli Suggests We Can Recognize Speakers by Dynamic Facial Movements Alone

alexandra jesseFindings from a new study by cognitive psychologist and speech scientist Alexandra Jesse and her linguistics undergraduate student Michael Bartoli found that adults can recognize unfamiliar people by not only their static facial features but by the dynamic ways they move their mouth and facial muscles while speaking.