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We 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.
New Course:Professor Xiaodong Liu will be teaching a new course this fall! (MW 2:00 – 3:20 PM)
PSYC 140a: Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) Applications
Prerequisite: PSYC 51a. Some introductory statistics experience will be helpful but not required. No prior SAS experience is required.
For undergraduate students who are looking for a course to sharpen your analytic skills, PSYC 140a may be a good option. This course will teach students how to use SAS for data management and for statistical analyses. SAS is widely used in both academics (for research in the field of behavior science, medical and public health) and industry (financial, marketing, pharmaceutical, clinical trial in particular).
This course will earn an advanced seminar credit towards a psychology degree. If you are interested, please contact Katie Dickinson for more information.
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.
There will be a new course in Spring 2015. 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 126a: Pathways and Mechanisms Linking Emotions to Mental and Physical Health
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.
Professor Joseph Cunningham firstname.lastname@example.org is the Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH). His office is located in Brown 317 and his new office hours will be Tuesdays 1-3pm and Thursdays 8-10am.
Dr. 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.
We would like to congratulate our graduate students, Ariel Berman and Carrie Robertson, on their first-authored papers:
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.
|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!
Professor Nic Rohleder, graduate students Danielle Gianferante, Luke Hanlin and Xuejie Chen and postdoctoral fellows Juliana Breines and Myriam Thoma are featured in the Brandeis Hoot. To read more about their research in the Health Psychology Laboratory, see the article: Rohleder publishes on self-compassion and reduced levels of stress.
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.