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Congratulations Laura Hieber!

April 13, 2015—Laura has been awarded the 2015-2016 Curb Center Public Scholars Grant. She gets a research grant of $2000, a shared office at the Curb Center and affiliation with the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy. Also they will support her stage her presentation logistically and financially. The grant is designed to support and mentor students as they work on projects that feature innovative approaches to real-world problems.

Daniel Miller wins a 2015 Summer Research Award

April 2, 2015—Congratulations to Daniel Miller for winning a 2015 Summer Research Award from the College of Arts and Science. These competitive awards are designed to help graduate students with outstanding potential to accelerate progress on their research; Summer Research Awards support endeavors that require funds in addition to the stipend, including research for the doctoral thesis, research for other advanced projects, or scholarly activities that significantly advance professional development. Congrats Daniel!

Congratulations Alex!

April 2, 2015—Dr. Alex Maier has been awarded a Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Grant. Congratulations to Alex for this richly deserved award!

Congratulations to NSF Graduate Fellowship Recipients and Honorable Mentions

March 31, 2015—Congratulations to the graduate students in Psychological Science who received NSF Graduate Fellowships or were recognized by NSF with Honorable Mention! NSF Fellowships recipients: Israel Flores, Mason Garrison, Sofia Jimenez; NSF Honorable Mention: Megan Ichinose, Dakota Lindsey, Mackenzie Sunday.

Congratulations Bunmi!

March 31, 2015—Bunmi Olatunji was one of fifteen VU faculty to be selected as a Chancellor Faculty Fellow, in recognition of his distinguished accomplishments in research/scholarship

David Lubinski's research makes The Boston Globe's Top Ten articles of 2014!

January 19, 2015—Coverage of David Lubinski, Camilla Benbow, and Harrison Kell's research on the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth has gone viral! Study results from 2013 were featured in The Boston Globe and this article received so many online hits it landed in third place on the The Boston Globe's Top 10 List of "Idea Pieces" for 2014! The Top 10 list can be viewed here. Subsequently, Lubinski, Benbow, and Kell's 2014 Psychological Science article was featured in The Huffington Post. Congratulations!

Congratulations Bunmi!

January 8, 2015—Bunmi Olatunji has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of applied research. This is a highly competitive award that highlights the important contributions that Bunmi has already made to the field.



April 21, 2015 – Psychology Day

2-3:30 p.m. Wilson Hall Lobby. Poster Session.

3:30 p.m. 126 Wilson Hall. Invited Address - "Fostering ATTENTION for Human Needs." Dr. Michael Posner, University of Oregon

Announcement of Awards (after talk): Bob Fox Award of Excellence in Postdoctoral Research, Jum C . Nunnally Honors Research Award, Jum C. Nunnaly Dissertation Award, William F. Hodges T.A. Award, Peabody Honors Award and Pat Burns Memorial Graduate Student Research Award


April 21, 2015 – Psychology Day Colloquium presents Michael Posner


Michael Posner, Ph.D., Professor, University of Oregon

Tuesday April, 21, 2015

Fostering ATTENTION for Human Needs

At the turn of the 20th century Attention was seen as the central topic in human psychology.  One hundred years later,  attentional  networks involved in selection of information, maintaining alertness,  self control, and management of emotions have been explored by brain imaging.   Understanding attention has become central to managing our electronic devices, raising our children and obtaining the most from reading, listening and searching our connected world.  This talk will review the connection of the brain’s attention networks to early development of self regulation in children, understanding issues in psychopathology, and in training the brain to improve learning and to foster self control of adults in our highly connected world.

April 22, 2015 – CCN Brown Bag Series: Josh McCluey

Josh McCluey, Department of Psychology (Polyn Lab), Vanderbilt University

Wednesday. 4/22/15 12:10 p.m.

Wilson Hall 113

Disentangling the role of alpha oscillations in free recall dynamics

A number of oscillatory components of scalp EEG activity have been linked to cognitive processes engaged during list learning.  In particular, alpha frequency (10-14 Hz) oscillations have been linked to attentional processes, memory load, and contextual dynamics.  In a free-recall experiment, we tested how shifts in stimulus properties (specifically, presentation modality) affected participants' abilities to recall items immediately following these shifts.  We observed that participants showed increased memorability for post-shift items, and these items exhibited a significant decrease in alpha oscillatory power during the study period.  I will review a number of free recall studies using scalp EEG to examine oscillatory dynamics and relate these dynamics to the cognitive operations defined by retrieved-context theories of human memory.

May 8, 2015 – Commencement Event - Department of Psychology's Post Baccalaureate & Post- Doctoral Commencement Luncheon

Questions please contact Jennifer Lass 615-322-0070,