In addition to news posted below, check out the Department Events calendar for information about upcoming events.
Every February, the University of Oregon celebrates the research achievements of its McNair Scholars during the McNair Symposium. These achievements are made possible by faculty mentors who guide scholars through scholarship activities and help prepare them for the challenges and culture of graduate school.
McNair Scholars participate in paid summer research internships in their fields of study. During the internships, students are involved in original research culminating in a presentation of their findings. Held winter term, the McNair Symposium provides a public forum for students to share their work with peers, mentors, faculty and staff, family members and the general public.
On February 15, 2017, the Department of Psychology recognized five McNair Scholars:
Kristina Lowney – Feelings of Belonging and Future Persistence in STEM
Dr. Sara Hodges, Mentor
Tonya C. Hansberry – Sequelae of Maternal Trauma: Attachment Relationships and the Development of Empathy in the Next Generation
Dr Jennifer Ablow, Dr. Jeffrey Measelle, Xiaoning Sun, Mentors
Megan Carson – Age difference in a “Short Long-term Memory” System for Visual Information
Dr. Ulrich Mayr, Atsushi Kikumoto, Mentors
Bradley M. Boyce – Passive Carryover and Conflict Triggered Regulation: Differences in Early Visual Components
Dr. Ulrich Mayr, Dr. Don Tucker, Mentors
Stefani Paige Evans – Mother-Preschooler Interactions Measured Using the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior
Dr. Maureen Zalewski, Dr. Elizabeth Skowron, Mentors
Visit the UO McNair website for more information on the McNair Scholars Program.
On Saturday, February 18th from 11:00AM-3:00PM, Eugenians are invited to bring their families to Living Lab Day at the Science Factory. This event is being co-sponsored by the Psychology Department’s own Team Duckling in order to teach children about developmental science and the magic in their own brains. Visitors will be able to participate in studies, engage with mind and brain activities, and learn more about scientific research.
Professor Caitlin Fausey presents a Guest Viewpoint in the Register Guard about the future of developmental science:
“Let’s dream big. A forward-looking spirit in the Eugene-Springfield area is strong, and the moment is right for collaborative innovation in developmental science. I envision a partnership preschool, outfitting rooms with the latest and greatest sensors, innovating in a safe space, and building a community of caregivers, educators and scientists jointly discovering more about how to build a brain.
One of the most exciting aspects of this new data science for development is how it brings folks together — children, parents, educators, engineers and scholars across disciplines.”
Excellent, thoughtful piece, Professor Fausey!
Come hear Assistant Professor Caitlin Fausey present a Quack Chat talk next week! She’ll describe what her research capturing day-to-day scenes that babies encounter is unveiling about the incremental steps that build the human visual system.
“One major way that we learn about the world is through our eyes,” Fausey said. “They capture our visual universe. Over the first few years of life, our bodies and activities change and so does our view of the world, literally — with taller bodies, longer arms, greater mobility and emerging social skills, the world that meets our eyes changes dramatically.”
Her talk will unveil three new discoveries about how the visual universe of babies comes together.
Her talk will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Erb Memorial Union’s Falling Sky Pizzeria.
We have some great news!
Professor Elliot Berkman received the 2017 Early Career Award from the Social Personality & Health Network for his work integrating social and personality psychology and health behavior research. Congrats, Dr. Berkman!
The award was announced at the annual Social Personality Health preconference to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Meeting in San Antonio, TX.
The National Center for PTSD has adopted the listening skills from research by Melissa Foynes (PhD, 2010) and Professor Freyd to be part of the VA’s PTSD family coach mobile app. The intervention was developed in Freyd’s Dynamics Lab to help family and friends be more effective listeners for loved ones with PTSD.
Congratulations, Drs. Foynes and Freyd, on this excellent translational science that is leading to real quality of life improvement for veterans and their families!
On behalf of the entire department, the Psychology Committee for an Inclusive Community (CIC) is proud to present this door sign as a reminder that the Department of Psychology is a safe space that is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.
The door sign can be viewed in full and downloaded through the embedded link below.
We’re excited to share the Department of Psychology’s Annual Newsletter for 2016! This was a great year for the department. Highlights this year include our innovative Faculty GO! Research Proposals, celebrations of the careers of Helen Neville and Marjorie Taylor, awards and honors for our fantastic graduate students and faculty, and the inaugural edition of the new alumni news and updates section.
Read the whole thing below. We look forward to hearing from you again next year!
On Friday, November 11th, our psychology department gathered to attend the second annual faculty blitz talks followed by our annual departmental celebration. This year’s events took place in a new location, the recently completed ballroom of the Erb Memorial Union.
The blitz speakers this year were twelve of our esteemed faculty representing all of the department’s research areas. The talks covered a diverse range of research topics and methods, emblematic of our department’s passion for pushing forward the boundaries of our science.
Our featured speakers this year were Jeffrey Measelle, Pranjal Mehta, Margaret Sereno, Jennifer Pfeifer, Brice Kuhl, Maureen Zalewski, Robert Mauro, Matt Smear, Lou Moses, Jennifer Freyd, Gerard Saucier, and Marjorie Taylor. See below for pictures of our speakers as well as from our departmental celebration. Thanks to all who spoke at and attended these events!
The department of psychology, Institute of Neuroscience, and Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon are hosting a colloquium this Thursday, November 17th.
Dr. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (professor of cognitive neuroscience, University College London) will be presenting her talk, Social brain development in adolescence. CTN, ION, and the psychology department welcome Dr. Blakemore and look forward to her presentation.
This talk is open to all who wish to attend. Join us from 3:30-5:00PM in Jaqua 101. Please see the below flyer for more details.
Psychology Professor Emeritus Michael Posner has been awarded the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. He was selected to receive this prestigious award for his pioneering use of brain imaging and reaction times to establish the field of cognitive neuroscience and further our understanding of the human mind. With this honor, Dr. Posner joins others recognized throughout history for progressing scientific advancement with their outstanding work, including Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Thomas Edison, and Marie Curie. Click here to read more about Dr. Posner’s award, and the other Franklin Institute award recipients.
Research from the University of Oregon was presented at the White House as part of The Opportunity Project, an initiative focused on using open data to improve the lives of American citizens. Members of the ADAPT lab, including lab director Dr. Nick Allen, postdoctoral researcher Michelle Byrne, and graduate student Monika Lind, presented their “Effortless Assessment of Risk States” (E.A.R.S.) tool. This tool uses smartphone data to provide life-saving information to people in the midst of mental health crises. Click here to read more about the Opportunity Project.
Research from Helen Neville’s Brain Development Lab is featured on a new PBS NOVA film, School of the Future. The film highlights the Health & Human Services project, the two-generation approach of the work, and the way it uses selective attention as a neurobiological target for intervention.
We’re pleased to announce the Fall lineup of events!
We’ll be meeting Friday afternoons from 2:30 pm to 4 pm, followed by happy hours at Falling Sky Pizzeria in the EMU on the first event each month.
The location of the talks will be announced shortly. Stay tuned for updates!
October 14 – Leona Tyler Lecture: Hiro Yoshikawa
October 21 – Psych FYP Presentations (*please note: departmental members only)
October 28 – Psych Colloquium: Morten Christiansen
November 4 – Psych FYP Presentations (*please note: departmental members only)
November 11 – Psych Faculty Research Blitz & Department Celebration
November 18 – Psych/CTN/ION Colloquium: Sarah Jayne Blakemore (*please note: time is TBA; likely late morning)
December 2 – Special Event TBA Soon!