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DEPARTMENT NEWS:

LAMP LIGHT / LATE NIGHT
The Psychology Club’s event with the Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum (SCRAM) is featured in the Brandeis Hoot! Our graduate student, Kenneth Pitts, led a moving and thought-provoking talk on both his personal experiences and research on the psychological consequences of war. To read more about the event, you can read articles in The Hoot: SCRAM combines psychology and art and in The Justice: Pitts discusses psychological effects of war.


PSYC 1a:

The number for this course changed from PSYC 1a to PSYC 10a beginning in Fall 2014, but the content is unchanged.  PSYC 10a may not be taken for credit by students who took PSYC 1a in prior years.


Professor Joseph Cunningham cunningham@brandeis.edu is the Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH).   His office is located in Brown 317 and his new office hours will be Wednesdays 11am - 12 noon and Thursdays 10am - 12 noon.


Visiting Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Wasserman, Photography by Heratch EkmekjianDr. Stephanie Wasserman is a Physiological Psychologist and Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. Her early publications focused on animal studies of cocaine self-administration and the potential therapeutic effects of magnesium for treating cocaine addiction.

When she became a foster and adoptive mother, her research interests ventured into a new arena. Her contemporary research seeks to uncover the foster parent voice via in-depth, open-ended interviews. Themes of attachment, separation, risk, and resilience have emerged and are being compared to, and contrasted with, well-established theoretical frameworks in psychology.

Dr. Wasserman will be teaching the Biological Basis of Motivation this fall. During the spring semester she will teach a new course Attachment, Separation, Risk, and Resilience in Adoption and Foster Care.

Professor Wasserman was interviewed by the Brandeis Hoot: Teaching at Brandeis: An Extraordinary Experience.

(Image Credit: Heratch Ekmekjian)


Other News:

photo of Shantanu JadhavWe are pleased to welcome Professor Shantanu Jadhav to the psychology department! Professor Jadhav’s research is in the area of Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience. The research focus of his lab is Learning, Memory and Decision Making in the rodent brain. Professor Jadhav’s research aims to understand the neural basis of cognition and behavior by studying processing at the cellular and network level in the neuronal circuits of the brain. His previous work has investigated sensory processing in cortical circuits, memory replay in the hippocampus, and hippocampal-prefrontal interactions during behavior. His current research examines how activity in population of neurons across different brain structures supports the ability to learn, remember and make decisions. He utilizes multiple techniques, including behavior, chronic in vivo electrophysiology during behavior, optogenetics and computational methods.



We would like to congratulate our graduate students, Ariel Berman and Carrie Robertson, on their first-authored papers:

photo of Ariel Berman 

Berman, A.K., & Knight, R.A. (2014). The Relation of Familiarity With Sexual Abusers to Subsequent Developmental Adaptation in Youths Who Have Sexually Offended. Sex Abuse, 2014 Jul 22. pii: 1079063214544329

Berman, A. K., Lott, R. B., & Donaldson, S. T. (2014). Periodic maternal deprivation may modulate offspring anxiety-like behavior through mechanisms involving neuroplasticity in the amygdala. Brain Research Bulletin, 101, 7-11.

photo of Carrie Robertson Robertson, C. A., & Knight, R. A. (2014). Relating sexual sadism and psychopathy to one another, non-sexual violence, and sexual crime behaviors. Aggressive Behavior, 40(1), 12-23. doi: 10.1002/ab.21505

 


Awards

Professor Raymond Knight accepted a Mentorship Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology. He received this award in recognition of continuous dedication to mentoring students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in the field of psychology.

Professor Arthur Wingfield received a Brandeis-Israeli Collaborative Seed Grant!  He will be working with the IDC, in Herzliya to initiate collaborative research efforts there.

Congratulations to Dr. Nicolas Rohleder! On March 16th he accepted the Herbert E. Weiner Early Career Award and present a lecture at the American Psychosomatic Society meeting.

Professor Arthur Wingfield received 2010 Baltes Distinguished Research Award!


In the News

Professor Margie Lachman is featured in BrandeisNow for her research aimed to get middle-aged and older adults off the couch! To read more about her research and the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions, see the article: New Brandeis research consortium promotes healthy aging through active living.

Dr. Gutchess reviews research on the aging brain as part of a special issue of Science, which looks at the mechanisms and contexts of successful brain aging and whether or not we should consider aging a natural part of life or an illness. To learn more, you can read her article, Plasticity of the aging brain: New directions in cognitive neuroscience, online.

Professor Ellen Wright is featured in the Brandeis Hoot! Learn how she became interested in psychology and be sure to check out her advice to students in the following article: Prof. Wright followed winding path to psychology and Brandeis

Professor Nic Rohleder, graduate students Christine McInnis, Danielle Gianferante, Luke Hanlin and Xuejie Chen and postdoctoral fellows Myriam Thoma, Juliana Breines and Suzi Hong are featured in the Brandeis Hoot and BrandeisNow. To read more about their research in the Health Psychology Laboratory, see the articles: Rohleder publishes on self-compassion and reduced levels of stress or Obesity and stress pack a double hit for health.

Faizia Sharif, an assistant in the Aging, Culture & Cognition Lab, is featured in BrandeisNow as part of the program for Waltham High School students to get hands-on experience in the lab.

Avi Aizenman `13 is featured on BrandeisNow for her work on the relationship between audio and visual stimulation.

Professor Angela Gutchess and Dr. Nicole Rosa in ElderBranch.

Professor Don Katz interviewed: Voodoo, amygdalae and death

Psychology Today's article: Top 10 Reasons to Major in Psychology!

Professor Leslie Zebrowitz is featured in Losing Control.

Health Psychology Laboratory profiled in Brandeis Magazine.

Aging, Culture and Cognition Laboratory study on BrandeisNOW.