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Fall 2018 News

Spring ’19 Sign-Up for Psyc 52a (Research Methods & Lab in Psychology)

Sign-Up for Psyc 52a, RESEARCH METHODS & LAB in PSYCHOLOGY for the Spring, 2019 semester will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, October 24 and 25. The department will offer three 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 ends, we will contact you to let you know if you made it into the class. Priority is given to seniors, then juniors, etc.

Mandatory prerequisite is Psyc 51a, Statistics


52a(1)Rsrch Mthds & Lab        Prof. Mitchell                Mon, Wed 10-12:00 pm

52a(2)Rsrch Mthds & Lab        Prof. Mitchell                Mon, Wed  2-4:00 pm

52a(3)Rsrch Mthds & Lab        Prof. Mitchell                Tue, Thu    10-12:00 pm    

Congratulations to Dr. Ray Knight

Congratulations to Dr. Ray Knight, who won the Joseph Zubin Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology. The award is "in recognition of lifetime contributions to the understanding of psychopathology."

ray award

Congratulations to Dr. Angela Gutchess

Faculty member Dr. Angela Gutchess was elected to the governing board of the Psychonomic Society.

angela gutchessCongratulations Dr. Gutchess!

The psychology department welcomes two new UDRs for 2018–2019: Maya Barton-Zuckerman and Akshiti Todi. They will be joining our current UDR, Lauren Puglisi.

Our UDRs are available to answer any questions, assist with course selection, and help undergraduates navigate the psychology program. Please feel free to reach out to them anytime!

Maya Barton-ZuckermanMaya Barton-Zuckerman

Akshiti TodiAkshiti Todi


  • Recipients of the 2018 Teaching Innovation Grant include Professor Angela Gutchess (Teaching Learning Using the Science of Learning) and Professor Teresa Mitchell (An Image-based, Self-paced Module for Teaching and Learning Human Brain Anatomy).  Teaching innovation grants focus on innovations in teaching and student assessment, addressing issues of diversity and inclusion, and team teaching/interdisciplinary course design
  • Professors Angela Gutchess and Bob Sekuler have received a 2018 Research Innovation Award for Perceptual and Mnemonic Differences across Cultures. Professors Hannah Snyder and Joy von Steiger (Brandeis Counseling Center) have won the same award for Promoting successful transitions to college for students at high risk for anxiety and depression. This award is aimed at early stage research to initiate innovative scholarly inquiry and creative activities that have the potential for significant, sustained impact.
  • Professor Robert Sekuler has been elected a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists. The society was founded by Edward Titchener in 1904 and elects 6 new members annually from among the leading experimentalists in North America.
  • Professor Margie Lachman has received a 2015 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award. To read more, visit the EurekAlert press release.
  • Professor Xiaodong Liu has received a 2015 Provost’s Innovations in Teaching Grant.
  • Professor Robert Sekuler has received a 2015 Provost’s Innovations in Research Grant.
  • Professor Angela Gutchess has received an Alzheimer’s Association New Investigator Research Grant.
  • Professor Shantanu Jadhav has won the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. To read more, visit the BrandeisNOW article.
  • 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.

In the News

  • Research from Dr. Angela Gutchess on aging and memory was featured on The Daily Mail.
  • Dr. Ray Knight received The Theoharis Seghorn Award for Professional Achievement from the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.
  • Dr. Don Katz interviewed about color perception and taste for NPR: Are Gummy Bear Flavors Just Fooling Our Brains?
  • Dr. Andrew Molinsky (IBS) headlied an event for the annual Dialogues Program to discuss strategies to build personal confidence in the workplace.

  • Dr. Paul DiZio’s research on the psychology of movement is featured in a Brandeis Magazine article.

  • Dr. Shantanu Jadhav is featured in BrandeisNow: Wellington Prize Winnder Aims for the Stars. He was the winner of the 2016 Wellington Prize, with which he used to purchase a mechanical telescope.

  • Dr. Margie Lachman is featured in BrandeisNow: Financial Stress takes a toll on appearance.

  • Dr. Sheila Brownlow, who received her PhD from our program in 1989, and has now been named one of the 10 Must Take Psychology Professors in Charlotte, NC! To learn more about her accomplishments, read the article on the Catawba College News Page.

  • Professor Katz is featured in BrandeisNow: How many senses do humans really have? Read the article to learn more about why he believes taste, smell, touch, sound and sight may be part of the same system!

  • Arielle Keller ’16 has been selected for this week’s Scholar Spotlight! The Scholar Spotlight series is a new initiative in Academic Services to help highlight excellent research that is happening around campus. For more information and opportunities for research funding or fellowships, see the Academic Fellowships at Brandeis University Facebook page.

  • A special issue of Research in Human Development, Just One Wish for the Study of Human Development, includes an article written by Prof. Margie Lachman.

  • Professor Robert Sekuler’s research with Timothy Hickey and Yile Sun is featured in BrandeisNOW. They used a computer game to collect data at the Museum of Science to investigate audiovisual interaction and the impact of sensory distraction.

  • Professor Margie Lachman is featured in BrandeisNOW for her research with the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions.

  • 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.

  • Professor Ellen Wright is featured in the Brandeis Hoot.