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PSYC 51a and PSYC 52a Sign-Ups

The Psychology Department's sign-ups are coming up real soon. Keep in mind that priority is given to seniors, then juniors, etc.

Sign-Up for Psyc 51a, STATISTICS, and Psyc 52a, RESEARCH METHODS & LAB IN PSYCHOLOGY, for the spring 2015 semester will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 and 29. The department will offer one section of PSYC 51a with 100 spaces and two sections of PSYC 52a with 25 spaces each. Sign-up sheets along with further information will be posted outside the Psychology Office, Brown #125, starting at 8:40 a.m. on those two days only. Individuals who cannot sign-up personally should ensure that their names are entered on the sheets by a second person. After the sign-up process, we will contact you to let you know if you made it into the class.

Prerequisite for Psyc 51a = Psyc 10a (formerly Psyc 1a)
Prerequisite for Psyc 52a = Psyc 51a

PSYC 51a - Statistics TBA M,W 5-6:30 PM
PSYC 52a (1) - Rsrch Mthds & Lab Wasserman T,Th 1-3 PM
PSYC 52a (2) - Rsrch Mthds & Lab Wasserman M,W 12-2 PM

New Course:

PSYC 126a: Pathways and Mechanisms Linking Emotions to Mental and Physical Health
T,Th 5:00 PM–6:20 PM
Prerequisite: PSYC 10a (formerly PSYC 1a)

Emotions are associated with mental and physical health and disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and cardiovascular disease.  This course surveys concepts of emotion and the physiological processes linking emotions to health, emphasizing stress as a mediator.

This is a special one-time offering taught by our own Sarah Lupis! The course will earn an advanced seminar credit towards a psych degree.

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 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



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 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.