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Braden Purcell wins honorable mention for James McKeen Cattell Award

August 15, 2014—Braden's PhD dissertation, Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Decision Making, has been chosen to receive honorable mention in the 2013-2014 James McKeen Cattell Dissertation competition sponsored by the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences. The field was highly competitive, with many excellent candidates for the award. His work was highly regarded by the reviewers and by the Steering Committee. The Academy further commended the work of his mentors, Thomas Palmeri and Jeffrey Schall, and the graduate program in Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. In recognition of his noteworthy achievement, he will receive a certificate from the New York Academy of Sciences; his mentors will be similarly recognized. Congratulations Braden!


Elizabeth Dykens' research featured in the Times!

July 30, 2014—Dr. Elizabeth Dykens' research on reducing distress among caregivers of developmentally delayed children has been featured in the New York Times. Dr. Dykens and colleagues conducted a randomized trial published in Pediatrics comparing effects of mindfulness training and positive psychology practice on mothers' stress, depression, and anxiety. More about the study can be found here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=miodrag+autism and the Times article "When the Caregivers Need Healing" can be found here http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/health/when-the-caregivers-need-healing.html?_r=0 . Congratulations Dr. Dykens!


Congratulations NSF Awardee and Honorable Mentions!

April 24, 2014—Congratulations to NSF awardee Sarah Wiesen, who works with Dr. Amy Needham! Congratulations to our NSF Honorable Mentions: Sofia Jimenez, who works with Dr. Meg Saylor; Megan Ichinose, who works with Dr. Sohee Park; and Josh McCluey, who works with Dr. Sean Polyn!


Congratulations Lindsey Rowe, Fulbright recipient!

April 24, 2014—Lindsey Rowe, Cognitive Studies, Second Language Studies, Child Development & Spanish, '14 was has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Spain for the 2014-2015 academic year. As an ETA, Lindsey will support English language instruction in an elementary or secondary school in Spain. She will also give presentations on topics related to US culture, society, and history, lead programs in language labs, conduct English conversation clubs, tutor, and hopes to coach a girls soccer team. This opportunity fits well into Lindsey's plans to pursue a PhD focusing on second language acquisition research. As a student at Vanderbilt, she designed a curriculum and taught an ESL class for Latino adults in Nashville, many of whom also lacked literacy in their native language. She also spent three weeks in Ecuador as a volunteer ESL teacher in a 1st grade and a 9th grade classroom. Over the past year, she worked in the language development lab and wrote her honors thesis on bilingual learners. The Fulbright US Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries". Operating in more than 155 countries worldwide, it is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake teaching, advanced research and study across all disciplines. Vanderbilt students interested in learning more about Fulbright opportunities should contact Lyn Fulton-John in the Office of Honor Scholarships. The application deadline for grants beginning in the Fall of 2015 is September 15, 2014.


Congratulations Emily Fyfe, PEO Scholar!

April 24, 2014—Emily Fyfe, a Ph.D. student in psychology at Vanderbilt University working with Dr. Rittle-Johnson, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter N of Nashville, TN. The P.E.O. Scholar Awards was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization interested in bringing opportunities for higher education to women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members. Congratulations Emily!


Congratulations Gordon Logan!

April 14, 2014—Gordon Logan is the 2014 recipient of the Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists.The Warren Medal is the oldest and one of the most prestigious awards in the field of experimental psychology. As the formal announcement (shown below) of the award made last night at the 2014 Meeting of the Society details, Gordon has made profound theoretical, experimental, and methodological contribution to our understanding of critical phenomena in the area of cognitive psychology. Congratulations Gordon for this well-deserved award!

THE SOCIETY OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGISTS Awards the 2014 Howard Crosby Warren Medal to *Gordon D. Logan* Vanderbilt University "for his innovative and penetrating theoretical and empirical work in attention, automaticity and skill acquisition, executive control, and neural mechanisms of information processing."

Oral Presentation:
Gordon Logan has made profound theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of attention and automaticity, the development of skill acquisition, and the nature of executive control. He pioneered and extensively developed the stop-signal paradigm, which requires subjects to inhibit an ongoing action in response to a stop signal. He conceptualized and modeled performance in the task in terms of a race between the mental processes that govern the action and a "stop process" that inhibits the action. The paradigm provides an elegant approach to assessing the issue of how people inhibit their behaviors, and has been applied successfully to the study of performance in wide varieties of clinical populations who show deficits in inhibitory control.

Logan also developed the hugely influential "instance theory of automatization." The theory holds that automatic processing develops because the observer stores separate representations or "instances" of each exposure to a task. Consistent practice results in an increase in the speed of retrieval of the instances. The theory accounts for fundamental quantitative results involving the speed-up functions associated with practice in cognitive tasks. It formalizes the view that novice performance is limited not by a scarcity of resources but rather by a lack of domain-specific knowledge.

In his recent work, Logan has provided ingenious demonstrations of multiple forms of error-detection processes in skilled typists; has significantly advanced compound-cue retrieval theories of performance in task-switching paradigms; and has made major contributions in a collaborative program of research that uses neural-measurement approaches to constraining information-accumulation models of choice response times and saccadic eye movements.


Congratulations! Bunmi Olatunji & Hector Myers

February 13, 2014—Wonderful news. Two members of the Psychological Sciences Clinical Science program have just been honored by Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) of APA. Bunmi Olatunji will receive the 2014 Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology Hector Myers will receive the 2014 Stanley Sue Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology The awards will be presented at the APA Convention this coming August in Washington, DC. Congratulations Bunmi and Hector for winning these prestigious awards!


Congratulations David Lubinski!

January 16, 2014—Research by David Lubinski and colleagues that was recently published in Psychological Science has been featured in a news story and accompanying video: http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2014/01/gifted-children-study/! The original article was entitled: "Who rises to the top? Early Indicators" and was co-authored with Harrison Kell and Camilla Benbow.


Congratulations Emily Fyfe!

December 14, 2013—Emily Fyfe has received a 2013 APA Dissertation Research Award! Emily received this award for her research project entitled "Is That Correct? Clarifying the Effects of Feedback during Mathematical Problem Solving," under the direction of Dr. Bethany Rittle-Johnson in the Developmental Psychology program. Along with the award, Emily received $1,000 towards her research. Congratulations Emily!


Congratulations Andy!

December 11, 2013—At today's College of Arts & Sciences faculty meeting, Andrew Tomarken PhD received the Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Established in 1985 by the College in collaboration with the Graduate School, this award recognizes a graduate faculty member in the College of Arts and Science for outstanding classroom teaching. Andy is highly deserving of this award; all indicators, both quantifiable and subjective, clearly indicate that he is an exceptionally gifted teacher. Andy follows Steve Hollon who won the same honor last year, attesting to our faculty's pursuit of excellence in educating the next generation of scientists not only in the lab, but in the classroom as well.



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