Media, Awards, Announcements
Prof. Rochel Gelman is one of 100 eminent scientists chosen to write for the new book: "Scientists Making a Difference: One Hundred Eminent Behavioral and Brain Scientists Talk about Their Most Important Contributions."
Prof. Pernille Hemmer has been selected for the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Her proposal, titled Applications of Bayesian Inference to Human Memory and Decision Making applies an integrative approach of Bayesian models of cognition and Bayesian data analysis to experimental work quantifying the influence of changing beliefs on memory and decision making under uncertainty. The proposal includes an educational approach to train students in cutting edge computational research methods to enrich the infrastructure of the growing research field of computational modeling.
The CAREER award - the most prestigious National Science Foundation award supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The aim is for building a lifelong leadership role in integrating education and research.
Prof. Melchi Michel received a grant from NSF titled Visual Memory Mechanisms in Transsaccadic Integration and Overt Search. A fundamental question in vision science concerns how people perceive a continuous visual environment before them when visual information enters the visual system through a series of brief glances interrupted by frequent rapid eye movements. Part of the answer may be that the visual system relies on a form of visual memory to allow for continuity between glances. In the present work, the research team will investigate how this type of visual memory operates.
Achieving a better understanding of the basic operation of visual memory across eye movements could potentially lead to practical applications, such as optimized procedures for radiologists, baggage screeners, satellite image analysts, and others whose occupations require them to search for critical pieces of visual information during a visual search process
|Rutgers Today talks to Brandon Alderman, R L Olson, C J Brush, and Tracey Shors, authors of the paper published in Translational Psychiatry: MAP training: combining meditation and aerobic exercise reduces depression and rumination while enhancing synchronized brain activity(Feb 2016).|
|Prof. Shana Cole's research explores the cognitive,perceptual, and affective processes that underlie successful goal pursuit. Across various goal domains she uses a multi-method approach to study the self-regulatory strategies that people spontaneously employ as well as to develop interventions that can assist in combating some of society's most complex problems, including obesity, smoking, divorce, and climate change. For example, in one line of work Dr. Cole developed an attentional strategy that promotes and improves exercise behavior. When people narrowly focus visual attention on a target, the target appears closer. As a result, people increase the speed with which they walk to the target and experience the task as easier. This work was recently featured in several popular press outlets, including in The Huffington Post(2015), Women's Health(2014), Yahoo! Health(2014), and Cosmpolitan(2014).|
Current Graduate Student news and awards
Analia Albuja (Social Psychology; mentor Prof. Diana Sanchez) received the 2015 Nancy B. Forest and L. Michael Honaker Masters Grant from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).
Kimberly Chaney (Social Psychology; mentor Prof. Diana Sanchez) received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP); and a Clara Mayo research grant from the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI); 2015.
Mingwen Dong (Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience; mentor Prof. David Vicario) received a Graduate School Special Study Award; 2015.
David Eddie (Clinical Psychology; mentor Prof. Marsha Bates) was awarded a APAGS Basic Psychological Science Research Grant; 2015.
Janell C. Fetterolf (Social Psychology; mentor Prof. Laurie Rudman) received Honorable Mention for the Florence Geis Award (2015; $1,000 award)
Mary Himmelstein (Social Psychology; mentor Prof. Diana Sanchez) received a 2015 Graduate Student Travel Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 8)
Nicholas Kleene (Cognitive Psychology; mentor Prof. Melchi Michel) presented a talk entitled, “Placing a Lower Bound on Transsaccadic Memory Capacity Using Visual Search” at the 2015 Vision Sciences Society Conf.
Amy Kranzler (Clinical Psychology; mentor Prof. Edward Selby) received a Rutgers Bevier Dissertation Research Award, an APA Dissertation Research Award, and a Beck Institute Student Scholarship Award; 2015.
Sydney Levine (Cognitive Psychology; mentor Prof. Alan Leslie) published: Levine, S. and Leslie, A. (2015, March). Preschoolers’ use of abstract concepts to make moral judgments. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia.
Arielle Linsky and Danielle Hatchimonji (Clinical Psychology; mentor Prof. Maurice Elias) have been accepted to present a talk titled, “Developing Noble Purpose in Middle School Students Through Character Development and Social-Emotional Learning “ at the Jubilee Centre 2016 Annual Conference at Oriel College, Oxford, England.
Sara Manuel (Social Psychology; mentor Prof. Laurie Rudman) has been accepted as a fellow for the Rutgers Academy for Scholarship and Learning (RASTL); 2015.
Yasmine Omar (Clinical Psychology; mentor Prof. Edward Selby) has been awarded a Basic Psychological Science Research Grant of $1,000 from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) to help support her dissertation project; 2016.
Cesalie Stepney (Clinical Psychology; mentor Prof. Maurice Elias) published: Stepney, C. T., Sanchez, D. T., & Handy, P. E. (2015). Perceptions of parents’ ethnic identities and the personal ethnic-identity and racial attitudes of biracial adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(1), 65-75.
Min-Jeong Yang (Clinical Psychology; mentor Prof. Teresa Leyro) received the Early Career Investigator Travel Award from The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD); 2015.