In The Spotlight

Gianna Perez, a sophomore CBN major, has accepted a summer internship with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute for the summer of 2017.  Interns receive educational opportunities and hand-on research experience in neuroscience. Congratulations, Gianna!

Congratulations to Heather-Anne Phelan '16, who recieved the 2106 Ward Award on her thesis entitled, EFFECTS OF MULTI-DAY PRACTICE SCHEDULES ON LEARNING AND MEMORY: WHEN AND WHY EXPANDING-SCHEDULE PRACTICE WORKS BEST.

-In addition to TWO Fulbright awards (see below). This is a competitive award given by Women in Cognitive Science which comes with a monetary prize funded by NSF that must be spent in support a female trainee. Dr. Kan was nominated by a former mentee.  More on this award can be found at  The official presentation of the award will occur at the Psychonomic Society Conference in November.
Congratulations to Irene!

Morgan Reid, a Junior Psychology Major, was given access to the publication's first Under 30 Summit in Boston.  Congratulations, Morgan! more info...

Villanova Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA) selected Dr. Sawyer as the inaugural awardee for the Provost's new student-nominated Teaching and Engagement Excellence Award for faculty with a focus on diversity and inclusion. 

Influential addiction models propose that drug addicted individuals have an over-activated motivational system for ‘wanting’ a drug, have an underactived pleasure system for ‘liking’ natural rewards, and develop the habit of drug taking. These models agree that drug-associated cues trigger these behaviors. Although it has been well established that behavior is shaped by the time between conditioned cues and their outcomes, this project will be the first to directly study the influence of unconscious temporal expectations on drug craving and drug seeking processes.  

Congratulations to Dr. Irene Kan, Associate Professor of Psychology, who was selected for an All Disciplines Fulbright Scholar Award at the University of Toronto, Ontario (Fall 2016) and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair award at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta (Spring 2017).  While at University of Toronto, Dr. Kan will be collaborating with scientists at the U of T Department of Psychology and the Rotman Research Institute, examining the cognitive architecture and neural bases of human memory.  While at the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Kan will be collaborating with researchers at the Department of Neuroscience and the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, investigating the neural underpinnings of cognitive control and memory monitoring processes.