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Congratulations, David, Jonathan and Harrison!

August 15, 2016—SMPY investigators win three awards for research excellence! Congratulations to the investigators of the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), who won three 2016 Awards from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation! These awards are given for "outstanding research on intelligence, intellectual giftedness and related fields." Study Co-director David Lubinski won one for his recent Psychological science article; former student Jonathan Wai (MS'05, PhD'09) won one for his recent Intelligence article; and former post-doc Harrison Kell won one for his recent Psychological Science article. More information about these articles and their respective awards can be found here: http://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/awards-and-recognition/awards-for-excellence-in-research/afe-winners1/winners-2015-2016/


Congratulations Eva!

August 8, 2016—Congratulations goes to Eva Sawyer for winning the J.B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience, Thomas Karger Thesis Award.

Eva Sawyer was a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience program, who graduated in 2016, and carried out her research in Jon Kass' lab.

Learn more about the JBJC at this link

 http://jbjclub.ning.com/


Congratulations Jennifer!!!

August 8, 2016—

Colleagues,

    I am happy to inform you that Jennifer Trueblood has been elected as President of the Society for Mathematical Psychology. This is quite an honor for anyone in this field, let alone someone as young as Jennifer. She has been elected to a two-year term starting summer 2017. Jennifer already serves on the board of the Society.

First incorporated in 1977, the Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. See more info at http://www.mathpsych.org/

Congratulations again to Jennifer!


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."


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Events

August 24, 2016 – CCN Brown Bag Series

Dr. James T. Townsend, Distinguished Professor

Rudy Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Indiana University

http://www.indiana.edu/~psymodel/

Wednesday, 8/24/2016

12:10pm

Wilson Hall Room 113

Assessing the Capacity and Architecture of Information Processing: Applications to Visual Perception

Systems factorial technology (SFT) is a theory-driven set of experimental methodologies, class of psychological models and data analytic techniques.  Their goal is to experimentally identify a set of underlying perceptual, cognitive and/or action characteristics within psychological systems.  The targeted processing characteristics pertain to many psychological systems and related experimental tasks.  That is, they are not confined to particular perceptual or cognitive processes.  This talk will focus on visual perception and I will start by pointing out a few examples of application within this confine.  Then, I offer a quick, but hopefully comprehensible, introduction to the overall theory and methodology.  There will be some math for the resident math geeks (like the presenter), but the slides will be designed so that everyone can follow the general logic, principles and how to apply the methods.  Finally, two detailed examples of application will be offered.  Shameless promotion for an upcoming anthology of application of SFT will magically appear during the proceedings.


August 25, 2016 – Neuroscience Brown Bag Series

Jeff Schall PhD

Department of Psychology

Vanderbilt University

12:10pm

Wilson Hall Room 316

Frontal Eye Field: The Story of a Cortical Area

  

This presentation will survey how the frontal eye field (FEF) was discovered and defined as a distinct cortical area in nonhuman primates and humans. It will (1) summarize the history of research on FEF from the 19th into the 21st century, (2) discuss its contributions to motor, visual and cognitive functions, (3) describe its location across primate species including humans, and (4) highlight lingering questions about its location, organization and functional properties.

 


August 30, 2016 – Clinical Science Brown Bag Series

Sarah Jaser Ph.D.

Department of Pediatrics

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

12:10pm

Wilson Hall Room 316

http://pediatrics.mc.vanderbilt.edu/directory/profile/sarah-jaser.12394

Stress and Coping in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Key Findings and Future Directions

I will be discussing my research related to identifying risk and protective factors in youth with type 1 diabetes, and developing family-based interventions to promote the best outcomes


August 31, 2016 – CCN Brown Bag Series

Kevin Dieter

Department of Psychology( Blake Lab) 

Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, 8/31/16

12:10pm

WH 113

Seeing things both ways: how the visual system chooses between equivalent states

(This talk is a preliminary job-style talk, feedback encouraged!)

Though seeing the world feels effortless, perception is an active process through which a useful interpretation of the visual environment is created. In its construction of reality, our brains combine sensory information with our goals and expectations, all of which contribute to our visual experiences. However, this process does not always have a clear resolution – at times our visual system encounters information consistent with more than one plausible interpretation. Such scenarios can result in what is known as multistable vision, during which one’s visual experience alternates back-and-forth between the available options without ever settling on a definitive solution. By focusing on a particular instance of multistable vision (known as binocular rivalry) that arises when the left and right eye view drastically different images, my research seeks to unravel the complex interplay of visual mechanisms responsible for the alternate selection of perceptual interpretations. One particular focus has been on the role of visual attention, which appears essential for driving the typical dynamics of binocular rivalry and yet holds only modest sway over which interpretation will dominate. To understand this seemingly contradictory pattern, I have studied the interactions between visual attention and the mechanisms of binocular vision to understand what underlies this attentional limitation. These results have shed light on the processes that merge the images in our left and right eyes into a single percept, and have exposed critical factors that drive the efficacy of visual attention’s influence.


September 1, 2016 – Neuroscience Brown Bag Series

Sandra Dos Santos

Department of Psychology (Herculano Lab)

Vanderbilt University

12:10pm

Wilson Hall Room 316

Title & Abstract TBA


September 1, 2016 – Neuroscience Brown Bag Series

Sandra Dos Santos

Department of Psychology (Herculano Lab)

Vanderbilt University

12:10pm

Wilson Hall Room 316

Title & Abstract TBA


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