Caren Rotello elected to the Psychonomic Society’s Governing Board

caren rotelloCaren Rotello will serve a six-year term on the Psychonomic Society’s Governing Board starting January 1, 2020. The Psychonomic Society is recognized as the preeminent society for the experimental study of cognition. Members are cognitive psychologists who are focused on the application of psychology to health, technology, and education.

Emotions and emergency medicine

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Undergraduate researcher pursues a deeper understanding of medical decision-making 

Emma Cyr, Commonwealth Honors student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has been working as a research assistant in the Affect and Social Cognition Lab. We asked how her research endeavors have informed and prepared her for a future in medicine.  

Do war commemorations influence support for solutions to conflict?

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Hanne M. Watkins, postdoctoral research associate in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and her advisor Bernhard Leidner were recently awarded a research grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. The grant will support their research on how war commemorations—for example, Memorial Day or Veterans Day—influence people's support for different types of solutions to geopolitical conflict.

Linda Tropp receives 2019 Nevitt Sanford Award from ISPP

linda tropp smiles in her UMass officeLinda Tropp has been named the 2019 recipient of the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), in recognition of professional contributions to political psychology. Recipients of the award are “engaged in the practical application of political psychological principles, or creating knowledge that is accessible and used by practitioners to make a positive difference in the way politics is carried out.”

Healthy Development Initiative Co-hosts Springfield Community Research Forum

On April 30th, 2019 to celebrate Public Health month, the Healthy Development Initiative along with the UMass Amherst Center for Community Health Equity Research (CCHER), the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences held a community forum on health equity and human development research projects. Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris provided the welcome for the event, which was held at the UMass Center in Springfield. 

Sex differences and cognition

woman thinking during sunsetIn a paper recently published in the journal e-Neuro, Neuroscience and Behavior doctoral recipient Matthew LaClair, his advisor Agnès Lacreuse, and former postdoc Nicole Gervais examined whether biological sex influences some aspects of cognitive performance as well as neural connectivity measures in nonhuman primates.

Studying the Role of Inhibition and Neuro-estrogens in Bird Song

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Neurobiologist Luke Remage-Healey, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, recently received a five-year, $1.7 million grant, the renewal of a prior period of funding from the National Institutes of Health. He and colleagues plan to investigate fundamental mechanisms of how the brain learns and processes complex stimuli like birdsong.

Sarah Winokur awarded the fourth annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award

Sarah WinokurSarah Winokur, a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program working with Dr. Mariana Pereira, was awarded the fourth annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award. Sarah’s research utilizes animal models of depression to identify the neurobiological mechanisms of postpartum depression that most impact parenting. Sarah’s project, Evaluating Estradiol Fluctuations Across Pregnancy in a Rat Model of Postpartum Depression, will offer insights into the role of reproductive hormones in postpartum depression and associated deficits in parenting abilities.

Adaptation to diversity: Individual and societal processes

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In her latest article, Linda Tropp examines the adaptation of people in diverse environments. "With the historic rise in global migration in recent decades and the dispersion of diverse groups into new communities worldwide, greater levels of contact are occurring between social groups than ever before."

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