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

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.  

Linda Isbell Awarded the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Linda IsbellLinda Isbell, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has received the 2018 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Presented by the UMass Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, this award honors one outstanding faculty member from each of the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts.

Jason Sidman ’99 Shares His Career Experience Applying Psychology in Industry

Jason Sidman ‘99, Vice President, Business Development, at tool, Inc., graduated from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) with a focus in developmental science. He has worked extensively in the field of Research and Development (R&D) as a cognitive scientist, user experience designer, and director of cognitive training systems.