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PBS alumni share their early career paths with students

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We had an awesome group of alumni attend "Interdisciplinary Directions in Psychology", taught by Christina Metevier, sharing how they found a career direction they're passionate about! Thank you PBS alumni, for offering great advice and reassurance to our students as they begin a new and exciting transition after college. Several alumni have joined our Spotlights on Alumni section, and you can too! If you have an alumni story to share, fill out our easy questionnaire

Cierra Abellera awarded Yale Ciencia Academy Fellowship

Cierra Abellera
Cierra Abellera

Cierra Abellera, first-year social psychology PhD student, is one of 40 fellows to participate in the Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Career Development. This week, these young science leaders will kick off their year as fellows at an in-person meeting held to coincide with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA (February 13-17, 2020). 

Is jetlag making you feel out of sync? Bacteria in the brain may play a role

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Washington State, UMass Amherst Researchers Receive Keck Grant to Study Effects of Bacteria on Brain

With a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, neuroscience researchers at Washington State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will explore whether variations in brain levels of bacterial fragments can account for life’s sleep/wake and 24-hour cycles, known as circadian rhythms.

Rayner Fund Research Impact: Connecting the Dots Without Top-Down Knowledge

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The Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award helped support a project led by Patrick Sadil, now published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Connecting the Dots Without Top-Down Knowledge: Evidence for Rapidly-Learned Low-Level Associations That Are Independent of Object Identity (Sadil, Potter, Huber, & Cowell 2019). The project explored how people encode and remember visual information.

Winter 2020 Newsletter

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Catch up with the latest PBS news in our Winter 2020 Newsletter, including spotlights on our talented students, faculty, and alumni!

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Features include:

  • New views into the hearts and minds of preschoolers
  • DDHS Program celebrates 20 years
  • PBS Welcomes New Associate Professor
  • Behavioral Neuroscience labs move to Morrill IV
  • Deanna Ferrante '20 honored with Kaitlin A. Geraghty Memorial Prize for excellence in disability inclusion
  • Introducing our Undergraduate Spotlight on Alumni

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