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Fyfe earns faculty position!

July 22, 2016—Please join us in congratulating Emily Fyfe who has recently accepted an offer to become a tenure-track faculty member at Indiana University, Bloomington. Emily earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt in 2015 where she worked with Bethany Rittle-Johnson. Subsequently, Emily completed an IES Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Wisconsin, Madison in the Training Program in Mathematical Thinking, Learning, and Instruction. Congratulations, Emily!

Congratulations Darren Yeo!

July 22, 2016—Incoming Educational Neuroscience PhD student, Darren Yeo, has won a prestigious International PhD scholarship from Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Jointly funded by the Ministry of Education in Singapore, the HASS predoctoral fellowship provides Singaporean students an opportunity to pursue an academic career by supporting their doctoral studies abroad. Upon completion of the PhD program, he will be appointed as a tenure-track faculty in the Division of Psychology at NTU.

Early Development Lab wins Bridging the Word Gap Award!

July 22, 2016—ollen Russo, Israel Flores, Gabriele Strouse and Georgene Troseth of Vanderbilt's Early Development Lab, led by Dr. Troseth, have won a Phase I Award for the Bridging the Word Gap Challenge! This Award was given by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate their development of a storybook app to model verbal interaction involving dialog and questioning. The app aims to help reduce the gap in early word exposure between low and high income children.

Congratulations Sarah Weisen, P.E.O. Fellowship awardee!

July 22, 2016—Please join us in congratulating Sarah Weisen, a fourth year Ph.D. student in Amy Needham's Infant Learning Lab within the Department of Psychology and Human Development, who won a prestigious P.E.O. Scholar Award! This fellowship is a one-time, competitive, merit-based award of $15,000 given to women who are well established in doctoral programs in the U.S. or Canada. The goal of the award is "recognizing and encouraging excellence in higher education...for women who will make significant contributions in their varied fields of endeavor."

Congratulations Jennifer!

June 21, 2016—Jennifer Trueblood receives early career award from psychonomic society.

Congratulations Jianhong (May) Shen

May 31, 2016—We congratulate Jianhong (May) Shen as the 2016 winner of The Lisa M. Quesenberry Foundation Award. This was established by Irvin and Mary Ann Quesenberry and Kathryn Quesenberry to memorialize the accomplishments of their daughter and sister, Lisa M. Quesenberry. It is designed to provide research or study awards to motivated graduate students. Preferably, the awards will be made to female graduate students who are studying the field of psychology and who have overcome significant personal challenges to pursue their education. Congratulations May!

Congratulations Marcus, Mackenzie & Scott! Also honorable mention too Patrick.

April 19, 2016—Please join us in congratulating Marcus Wild and Mackenzie Sunday on their National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. These prestigious awards will support their research. Scott Blain, an undergraduate from our program, has also been offered this award, a rare accomplishment for a junior researcher. Finally, Patrick O’Keefe received an honorable mention, making it a great year in our program in this competition!



August 24, 2016 – CCN Brown Bag Series

Gordon Logan PhD

Department of Psychology

Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, 8/24/2016



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August 31, 2016 – CCN Brown Bag Series

Kevin Dieter

Department of Psychology( Blake Lab) 

Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, 8/31/16


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September 7, 2016 – CCN Brown Bag Series

Dakota Lindsey

Department of Psychology ( Logan Lab)

Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, 9/7/16


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September 12, 2016 – The Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt: Annual Symposium

The Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt announces a Call for Poster Abstracts for our Annual Symposium on September 12, 2016. Additionally, the Program is happy to announce that registration is now open. Please share the following information widely within your department and with other colleagues.

Proposal Submission Information:

Abstract content: Brief abstracts (100 words) should summarize one or more research projects related to systematic and scientific study of how music works in the mind and/or in society.  Poster content should be targeted to a broad scientific audience; as such, some posters may include data, while others may describe an emerging line of research. Both are encouraged. 

Who can submit: Submissions are welcome from the Vanderbilt community as well as other institutions. Cross-disciplinary work is encouraged, including but not limited to submissions from the fields of Education, Psychology, Neuroscience, Communications, Medicine, Music, and Sociology.  

How to submit an abstract: Submit your abstract online here until Friday, July 22.

Presentation guidelines: At least one representative from each poster should be available to present at the poster session during the symposium. 

Registration: You do not need to present in order to attend! We do ask that all attendees (including presenters) register at this link: There is no cost to register for the symposium. Registration allows us to calculate an accurate headcount so that we can plan appropriately for supplies, food, A/V needs, etc. So we greatly appreciate you registering in advance.

More event details, including lodging information is on the symposium website.

Key dates:

Poster Abstract Submission Deadline:   Friday, July 22

Symposium registration deadline:         Tuesday, September 6

Event date:                                         Monday, September 12 

Event Leadership:

Program Chair, Sara L. Beck, PhD candidate, Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt

Symposium Chair, Reyna L. Gordon, PhD, Director, Music Cognition Lab, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Questions/Mailing list:

Contact with questions.

If you are interested in keeping abreast of all Program for the Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt events or updates, please join their list serv. To do so, e-mail MUSICANDBRAIN@LIST.VANDERBILT.EDU and ask to be added to the Music and Brain listserv.

September 14, 2016 – CCN Brown Bag Series

Lauren Hartsough

Department of Psychology (Marois Lab)

Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, 9/14/16


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September 21, 2016 – CCN Brown Bag Series

Jocelyn Sy

Department of Psychology (Tong Lab)

Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, 9/21/16


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