Beyond the ‘Replication Crisis,’ Does Research Face ‘Inference Crisis’?

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UMass Amherst researchers test expert inferences against known data, find inconsistency

For the past decade, social scientists have been unpacking a “replication crisis” that has revealed how findings of an alarming number of scientific studies are difficult or impossible to repeat. Efforts are underway to improve the reliability of findings, but cognitive psychology researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst say that not enough attention has been paid to the validity of theoretical inferences made from research findings.

Dasgupta to Lead Network to Increase and Diversify STEM Workforce

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For years, science and engineering educators, social scientists, industry leaders and policymakers in Massachusetts have struggled to expand and diversify the STEM workforce, each coming at the problem from different disciplinary and institutional perspectives, says professor of psychology Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, director of the campus’s Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS).

Maria Galano selected as UCLA HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program Scholar

Maria GalanoMaria Galano has been selected as a 2019–21 UCLA HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program Scholar. HA-STTP is a collaboration of the Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities, the UCLA AIDS Institute and the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services.

Andrea Silva-Gotay receives NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Award

Andrea Silva-GotayAndrea Silva-Gotay has received a NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award. The purpose of the D-SPAN Award is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions, and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers. 

Animal models of Alzheimer’s disease embrace diversity

old man looks at a cluster of tree branchesAgnès Lacreuse is interviewed in the article "Animal models of Alzheimer’s disease embrace diversity." She is examining how Alzheimer's progresses, and what early signs of the disease can be uncovered. Lacreuse is also recording behavioral measures in animal models such as memory impairment and sleep disturbances.
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New views into the hearts and minds of preschoolers

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Imaging methods to allow researchers a more in-depth understanding of brain-heart coordination in young children

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have been awarded a $390,483 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the role of coordinated brain and heart activity in the rapid development of self-regulation in 3- to 5-year-olds.

Fall 2019 Newsletter

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Read our Fall 2019 Newsletter, including spotlights on our talented undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and alumni!

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Features include:

  • PBS Open House, Oct. 25th 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Aspects of attention and vulnerability to distracted driving
  • Emotions and emergency medicine
  • Creativity in science, David Nikom '17
  • Finding neuromechanisms of decision making
  • PBS welcomes new faculty

Graduate peer mentors launch First Year Experience seminars

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L-r: Merika Wilson, Molly Mather, Sarah McCormick, and Joel Ginn

The First Year Experience is a continued orientation seminar series for incoming graduate students organized by PBS graduate peer mentors Sarah McCormick (Developmental Science), Joel Ginn (Social Psychology), Merika Wilson (Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience), and Molly Mather (Clinical Psychology).