News and Events
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.
December 19, 2014—Professor Jeffrey Schall has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Association fellows are elected by their peers for advancing science or its applications. Schall, the E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Neuroscience and professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, was elected for his groundbreaking work regarding visual perception, cognitive control and decisionmaking.
Congratulations to Ben and Anat!
November 26, 2014—Dr. Benjamin-Tamber Rosenau and Anat Fintzi, post-doctoral fellow and graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. René Marois, respectively, have won the best poster award at the 2014 Object Perception, visual Attention, and visual Memory (OPAM) annual conference held in Long Beach, CA, for their work on the spatial resolution of visual working memory. This award is given in recognition of the best research (poster division) presented at this conference.
Dr. Kei Fukuda wins the APA Division 3 award for best Psychonomic Society poster!
November 24, 2014—We would like to congratulate Dr. Kei Fukuda, postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Geoff Woodman’s lab, for winning the American Psychological Association’s Division 3 award for best Psychonomic Society poster at the annual meeting in Long Beach, California. This prestigious early career award recognizes excellent work in the experimental domain. Great work, Kei!
October 27, 2014—Kris Preacher won the Tanaka Award for Best Article of 2013 in the journal Multivariate Behavioral Research. This award was given by the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology for the article: Preacher, K.J., Zhang, G., Kim, C., & Mels, G. (2013). Choosing the optimal number of factors in exploratory factor analysis: A model selection perspective. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 48, 28-56.
Welcome Anita Disney!
October 2, 2014—The Department of Psychological Sciences would like to welcome our newest faculty member. here is a news piece on her work.
Rob Reinhart, Department of Psychology (Woodman lab), Vanderbilt University
Wilson Hall 316
Synchronizing Brain Rhythms Restores Adaptive Control in Schizophrenia
The ability to exert control over our behavior is fundamental to human cognition. This ability allows us to break out of routines and habits, adapting to new and ever changing environments. For people with psychiatric and neurological disorders, impairments in adaptive control are pervasive. Schizophrenia patients in particular show deficits in reacting to errors. These enduring difficulties with executive control mechanisms that allow us to adapt have direct implications for the lives of these patients in the real world. In this talk, I will present unique causal evidence for the neural mechanisms of adaptive control that distinguish healthy people from those with schizophrenia. I will show how we have combined direct-current stimulation to safely, noninvasively, and casually manipulate neural activity in a targeted brain region with measurements of electrical brain activity that are hypothesized to index the large-scale neural networks underlying adaptive control. Our results have implications for theories of executive control and cortical dysconnectivity in schizophrenia, as well as the development of new, drug-free, intervention therapies for psychiatric and neurological patients with cognitive deficits.
Katie Ryan, Department of Psychology (Gauthier Lab), Vanderbilt University
Wilson Hall 115
Title and abstract TBA
Michael Harvey, Ph.D., Department of Neurological Surgery, Vanderbilt University school of Medicine
Wilson Hall 316
"Sensorimotor Integration in the Primate Hand"
As we navigate our world our sensory receptors are activated in spatial and temporal patterns that are largely dependent on our own movements, and we must inform our sensory percepts based on the motion through which they were acquired. This implies that sensory and motor information are integrated at some point prior to the formulation of a percept, however the anatomic and physiologic substrates for these processes remain elusive. The primate hand provides an excellent system in which to study such integrative processes as it is serves as both a sensor and as an effector. Thus the motion of the hand effects the sensory information impinging upon the skin, which in turn can be used to refine further hand movements. We will discuss the encoding of vibro-tactile information in primary somatosensory cortex, and introduce new studies exploring the neural substrates for sensorimotor integration in human thalamus.
C. Andre' Christie-Mizell Ph.D., Department of Sociology. Vanderbilt University
Title and abstract TBA
Lewis Baker, Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University
Wilson Hall 115
"Automatic visuospatial perspective taking in complex layouts"