Dr. Hoggard Receives Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) Grant and is Selected as an RSF Visiting Scholar!
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19 January 2021 Faculty, Social Psychology

Dr. Hoggard Receives Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) Grant and is Selected as an RSF Visiting Scholar!

The Psychology Department’s Dr. Lori Hoggard was recently awarded a $161K Russell Sage Foundation Trustee Grant entitled, Police Exposure and Socioeconomic Well-being among African American Men. Dr. Hoggard was also selected for the prestigious Visiting Scholars program at the Russell Sage Foundation.

Digitized ADOS: Social Interactions Beyond the Limits of the Naked Eye
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11 January 2021 Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology

Digitized ADOS: Social Interactions Beyond the Limits of the Naked Eye

 

The data from digitized social interactions can take us beyond the limits of the naked eye and help us capture the autistic capacity for social readiness. Using personalized analytics, we can track the person’s dynamics with biosensors that continuously co-register the micro-movements derived from their biorhythms. More important yet, we can track the spontaneously self-emerging cohesiveness of their social rapport and better inform our decisions on whether and when the socio-motor patterns of

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Psychology Department Scholars Land a Book Deal!
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19 October 2020 News & Announcements, Cognitive Psychology

Psychology Department Scholars Land a Book Deal!

Julien Musolino, Joseph Sommer, and Pernille Hemmer signed a book deal with Cambridge University Press. The book, provisionally titled The Science of Beliefs: A multidisciplinary Approach, is a unique edited volume dedicated to the scientific understanding of beliefs. The book includes chapters from leading international scholars in a range of disciplines such as psychology, linguistics, economics, political science, psychiatry, and anthropology, among others. The volume will contain chapters

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Celebrating Minorities in Science and STEM- Podcast Series
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14 October 2020 News & Announcements

Celebrating Minorities in Science and STEM- Podcast Series

 

The NJACE is a network of community members, researchers, and service providers whose mission is to improve autism research and clinical care throughout the state of New Jersey, revamp autism training initiatives across the state, educate society about autism unmet needs, and to make New Jersey a national leader in these endeavors. Dr. Elizabeth Torres and one of her pre-med students have put together a series of podcasts featuring and celebrating minorities in science and STEM. The first few

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Dr. Richard Contrada- 2020 Excellence in Health Psychology Mentoring Award Recipient
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14 October 2020 Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Award

Dr. Richard Contrada- 2020 Excellence in Health Psychology Mentoring Award Recipient

Dr. Richard Contrada of both the Social and Clinical areas of the department has received the 2020 Excellence in Health Psychology Mentoring Award from the Society for Health Psychology. Richard is a social/health psychologist whose research over the past four decades has advanced our understanding of psychosocial and emotional factors involved in the development and course of cardiovascular disease. A major focus has been the psychophysiology of stress and emotion, including the role of

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Dr. Barker Publishes a new Study in Cell Reports
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22 September 2020 News & Announcements, Faculty, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Publication

Dr. Barker Publishes a new Study in Cell Reports

A new paper by Dr. Barker and collaborators from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Stanford, and the University of Colorado at Boulder was recently published in cell reports. The work uses intersectional genetics to specifically target the recently discovered dualGABA-glutamate neurons in the brain's ventral tegmental area. The findings of the paper provide insights into how these neurons participate in the processing of reward and aversion.

Faculty team including two Psychology professors wins $3million award to study Socially Cognizant Robotics
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22 September 2020 News & Announcements, Faculty, Students, Cognitive Psychology, Award

Faculty team including two Psychology professors wins $3million award to study Socially Cognizant Robotics

A team of RU faculty has been awarded a $3 million National Science Foundation grant to help train graduate students in the area of Socially Cognizant Robotics. The faculty team is led by Kristin Dana (Electrical and Computer Engineering, PI); Kostas Bekris (Computer Science, co-PI); Clinton Andrews (Planning and Public Policy, co-PI); Jacob Feldman (Psychology, Cognitive Science, co-PI); Jingang Yi (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, co-PI); Pernille Hemmer (Psychology, Cognitive Science,

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Keith Perkins- Proud 2020 Neuro Scholar Fellow
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04 August 2020 News & Announcements, Students

Keith Perkins- Proud 2020 Neuro Scholar Fellow

The Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) will welcome its 2020-2022 cohort on August 1, 2020. With the addition of 123 scholars who accepted, the total current cohort (including 2019-2021) now encompasses 215 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Combined with Program’s past scholars (dating back to 1981), the NSP alumni network now encompasses nearly 1,200 underrepresented neuroscience researchers at all career stages! Keith Perkins of the Psychology Department is the only student from Rutgers

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Elena Rotondo, M.S., (Bieszczad Lab) publishes research paper in Learning & Memory
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21 July 2020 News & Announcements, Students

Elena Rotondo, M.S., (Bieszczad Lab) publishes research paper in Learning & Memory

Congratulations to Elena Rotondo, M.S., for publishing her research on learning-induced neurophysiological plasticity in the auditory system in LEARNING & MEMORY (August 2020 issue). The findings show that an epigenetic regulator of histone acetylation can make memories more detailed with sensory information. The effects are correlated with extraordinary neurophysiological plasticity in both the auditory cortex and the subcortical auditory system. This is her first publication from the

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Hot Off the Press, Dr. Maurice Elias Publishes a New Book
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14 July 2020 News & Announcements, Faculty

Hot Off the Press, Dr. Maurice Elias Publishes a New Book

 Nurturing Students’ Character is an easy-to-use guide to incorporating social-emotional and character development (SECD) into your teaching practice. The links are clear—elementary and middle school students have better odds of academic success if you nurture their social and emotional skills. Drawing on broad field experience and the latest research, this book offers intuitive techniques for infusing your everyday teaching and classroom management with SECD opportunities. With topics ranging from

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