In The Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Slotter for being selected for the 2018 Sage Young Scholar Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to personality and/or social psychology by an early career scholar.

Dr. Irene Kan and MS and undergraduate students will be presenting a talk and a
poster (co-authored by Dr. Anna Drummey) at the upcoming Psychonomic Society annual meeting in Vancouver, BC. Kan, I. P., Drummey, A. B., O’Gorman, E. (MS Student) & Cushing, K. (CBN student) (2017). “The roles of semantic context and disjunctive syllogism in fast mapping” Psychonomic Society 58th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cushing, K., Drummey, A. B., & Kan, I. P. (2017).“Age-related memory positivity in semantic and episodic retrieval” Psychonomic Society 58th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dr. Irene Kan, Dr. Anna Drummey, MS students Shaina Garrison & Lee Rogers, and Psych alum Brian Emmert are publishing a paper entitled “The roles of chronological age and time perspective in memory positivity” in Aging, Neuropsychology &

Dr. Katina Sawyer is presenting at Harvard Law for the Women's Law Association on a panel on allies for gender diversity on October 20, 2017.

Dr. Christian Thoroughgood and Dr. Katina Sawyer co-authored a recent Harvard Business Review article with Dr. Katina Sawyer on how employers can better support
transgender employees who elect to undergo the gender transition process at work:


Dr. Matthew Matell organized a symposium entitled “Temporal Prediction: Dynamics in Single Neurons and Networks” and will be giving a talk entitled “Interaction of Temporal Predictions across Cues, Durations, and Behavioral Systems” at the Timing Research Forum Conference in Strasbourg, France the week of October 15, 2017.

Dr. Matthew Matell and MS Alum Rebecca Della Valle will have a paper published in Learning and Memory entitled “Temporal specificity in Pavlovian-Instrumental transfer”.

Abigail Benecke received a Graduate Travel Award from the Psychonomic Society for her project: "Classification of English Stop Consonants: A Comparison of Multiple Models of Speech Perception"

Congratulations to Taylor Brown, a double major in CBN and Biochemistry, who has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.  The Goldwater scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in America for natural science, mathematics, and engineering.

Dr. Herbers received a grant from the National Science Foundation. "This project will investigate developmental processes of risk and resilience among infants whose families are homeless and very low income. The project will contribute to our limited knowledge of well-being of homeless infants. Infants are overrepresented among children experiencing homelessness, but underrepresented in the research literature. Furthermore, the project will expand our understanding of unique risks associated with homelessness compared to risks of poverty more generally, and will inform efforts on the part of service providers and policymakers to support healthy development of infants and families through parenting programs. In addition, the project will involve the design and evaluation of a child development curriculum for family housing providers; this curriculum will be delivered by graduate students, enhancing the students’ education while simultaneously enhancing knowledge of developmental science among service providers who interact daily with young children and families experiencing homelessness."