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This week P&N kicked off their summer Vertical Integration program (VIP). VIP is the annual summer research program for Psychology majors, the intent of which is to give participants a head start on work that may culminate in a senior thesis.  VIP students conduct research with both a graduate student and faculty mentor, attend a semi-weekly seminar series, attend a biweekly statistics workshop, and finally present their work to their peers, mentors, and (via poster session) the wider University community. … read more about 2018 Summer Vertical Integration Program, May 15-July 12 »

With less than a week to go until the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, P&N Assistant Professor Sarah Gaither has written an op-ed in and is also featured in  a BBC documentary called "My Mixed Up World." In the op-ed, "I study biracial identity in America. Here's why Meghan Markle is a big deal," Dr. Gaither reflects on her own experiences growing up biracial in the United States and argues that "slow social acceptance of multiracial identities remains the norm, even though it is at odds with… read more about Why Meghan Markle is a Big Deal »

Congratulations to senior psychology major Joshua Lovett, who has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to South Korea from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and… read more about Joshua Lovett named Fulbright Scholar »

Congratulations to our students for a successful P&N/CNAP first year festival, which was held Friday, April 13 in soc-psych 130 (Zener) The following students presented a diverse array of research topics: Ryan Hughes (SINS) Dynamics of Ventral TegmentalArea (VTA) neuronalsubpopulations in pursuit of reward Brenda Straka (Social) Expectations of Exclusion:How do our lived experiences color our perceptions Adam Stanaland (Social) Interpersonal consequences of the pressure to conform to social norms Sam Marsan (Clinical… read more about P&N and CNAP First Year Festival 2018 »

Sara Maurer, P&N graduate student, recently won a  2018 Bass Connections Award for Outstanding Mentorship. This award recognizes the vital role that graduate students and postdocs play in mentoring undergraduate students on Bass Connections teams. Read more about her award and the Bass Connections Project, Exercise as a Therapy for Cognitive Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease. Sara Maurer has one request for her peers, advisors, and all involved with P&N: eat more eggs! How many years of service… read more about P&N Person of the Week: Sara Maurer, 2018 Bass Connections Outstanding Mentor Award Winner  »

The Resilience Project research team in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Associate position beginning July 1, 2018. The Resilience Project, funded by a grant from The Duke Endowment, is a four-institution longitudinal study examining social, academic, and health-related processes across the college years. The project is a collaboration between researchers and practitioners in student and academic affairs, with the goal of… read more about Postdoctoral Associate Position with Resilience Project »

Ciara Healy: librarian, philosopher, chef, roller derby coach, owner of a cat named Waffles. She does it all. How many years of service do you have at Duke? I just started my seventh year here. For all of those years, I have been the librarian for the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Recently, I also became the librarian for Mathematics and Physics. What do you do for P&N? My job title is Subject Librarian; specifically, the librarian for psychology and neuroscience. But,… read more about P&N Person of the Week: Ciara Healy »

Duke’s Department of Psychology & Neuroscience has a rock star in their midst. Meet Robin Dunn. When asked what her hidden talent was, she said her fearlessness and lack of intimidation. She then shared this story: “When I was in my twenties, if our band played for the door, I was the money person. Anyone who walked in paid the cover charge. When the band called me on stage to sing, I watched the door; once I came off the stage, I went to anyone who came in during that time. One night, we were playing at a local biker… read more about P&N Person of the Week: Robin Dunn »

Sarah Turner grew up in a small town in rural Georgia; she lived with her mother and sister at her mom's gas station. Being a first-generation college student, the chance to major in psychology and history at a school like Duke seemed like a far-fetched dream. However, Sarah's sister inspired her sister to pursue what was passionate about, and to do more than she thought she was capable of doing. Now she is following her dreams to law school after spending four of the best years of her life at Duke studying what… read more about P&N Person of the Week: Sarah Turner »

In July of 2000, a fifteen year old Molly Weeks (then Molly Stroud) stepped off a plane in North Carolina. Dressed in a sweatshirt, she quickly realized she wasn't in Northern Alberta anymore. She left behind figure skating, synchronized swimming, cross-country skiing, and curling to call this new, humid land her home. In addition to adjusting to the dramatic differences in climate, Molly had to acclimate to a new school environment, one with much more emphasis on college education than she was used to. Molly also had to… read more about P&N Person of the Week: Molly Weeks »

Congratulations to Duke Psychology & Neuroscience PhD student Aaron Reuben who has been selected as the 2018 winner of the Richard Merritt Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Science Journalism for his piece “States May Be Intentionally Poisoning Each Other With Toxic Air.” This award annually recognizes a Duke graduate or undergraduate student for the best piece of science journalism produced during the previous calendar year. At Duke, Reuben is training to become a clinical neuropsychologist and public health… read more about Aaron Reuben wins 2018 Merritt Award for Science Journalism »

Throughout her lifetime, Dr. Sarah Gaither has lived in numerous areas of the United States, from California to Massachusetts to Illinois to North Carolina. No matter where she is, Dr. Gaither carries a sense of adventure; she says she is always open to trying new things. Except for skydiving. Never skydiving. And never anything with clowns. She says that they are not to be trusted, with their fake smiles painted on their faces, convincing everyone they're happy when they aren't.  How many years of… read more about P&N Person of the Week: Sarah Gaither »

Congratulations to five P&N Ph.D. students who matched to top clinical internships. Once again, P&N had a 100% match in clinical psychology internships. Best wishes to the following students as they prepare to move forward to the final stage of doctoral training in clinical psychology: Nandini Datta Children's Hospital Stanford/Children's Health Palo Alto, CA Psychology InternshipAli Giusto Columbia University Medical Center New York, NY Child TrackAdrienne Romer … read more about Clinical Psychology Internships 2018-2019 »

Timothy Strauman and Angela Vieth from Duke’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience (P&N) have just published two companion volumes outlining a new treatment for depression called self-system therapy or SST. Along with colleagues Kari Eddington (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and Gregory Kolden (University of Wisconsin), their newly available therapist and client guides provide the essentials for therapists to learn how to deliver the treatment effectively and for clients to get the maximum… read more about A New Treatment for Depression: Strauman and Vieth Publish Therapist/Client Guides for Self-System Therapy »

Dr. Ahmad Hariri has advice for students: do not follow the script. Pursue your passions, and see where that takes you. Dr. Hariri's career shows that following the script, or checking off all of the right boxes is not the only path to success. Hariri's love of biology started in childhood; he was always fascinated by nature. This fascination, along with familial and cultural expectations, influenced his interest in pursuing a career in science. Initially, Dr. Hariri was convinced that he would pursue medicine; as a first-… read more about P&N Person of the Week: Ahmad Hariri »

Karen (KC) Young, a Duke senior from Wisconsin, harbors a strong sense of Midwest pride. She has three younger brothers. Her mother is a pediatrician, which Karen says may have influenced her decision to pursue a career in medicine. She recalls spending much of her time around children, and her fascination with them has led to working in the Wilbourn Infant Development Lab. In her free time, Karen likes to run (fun fact: she ran a full marathon the weekend before finals!) KC is a member of ADPi, Psi Chi, and Phi Beta Kappa… read more about P&N Person of the Week: Karen Young »

A boy is born in a hospital in the former Soviet Republic of Armenia in the early 1990s. His birth comes in the middle of the Soviet Union's collapse. The hospital he is born in has no running water, heat, or electricity. Shortly thereafter, the boy and his parents flee to the United States, desperate for a fresh start. The boy grew up cognizant of being an immigrant and the baggage that comes with that identity. He also harbored an appreciation for the opportunities living in America provided, opportunities others surely… read more about P&N Person of the Week: Andrei Amatuni »

P&N Professors Terri Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi are profiled in Science Magazine's article about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. Douglas Starr writes that "for nearly 30 years, Moffitt and Caspi have been collaborating on one of the more comprehensive and probing investigations of human development ever conducted." Read the article in Science Magazine:… read more about Caspi and Moffitt in Science Magazine »

P&N graduate student Nadia Brashier wins two big awards for her dissertation---one from the American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology and one from the American Psychological Association:…/psa/2018/01/dissertation-research.aspx Brashier's dissertation is titled Heuristics for Truth Across the Lifespan: Amid concerns about "alternative facts" and "fake news," it can be overwhelming to decide… read more about Nadia Brashier Wins Two Awards for Dissertation »

We now are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Costanzo Teaching Fellowships. The Costanzo Fellowship is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to receive substantial training in teaching as part of the teaching team for Introductory Psychology (PSY 101). Teaching Fellows are paid and are required to enroll in a 1-credit Psychology Teaching Seminar (that counts toward the Psychology major) during the fall term.Learn more about PSY 101 and the Costanzo Fellowship (including FAQs) here. Complete the online application… read more about 2018-2019 Costanzo Teaching Fellowships »

P&N's Ahmad Hariri talks about the teen brain and decision making on NPR's the 1A. In the episode he discusses how changes in the adolescent brain can lead to violence. Check it out here: … Dr. Hariri is Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University, where he is also the Director of the Laboratory of NeuroGenetics.  Throughout his career Dr. Hariri has sought to systematically integrate available… read more about Hariri Talks about the Teen Brain »

The Duke Department of Psychology & Neuroscience congratulates Dr. Elizabeth Marsh, who has been named a recipient of the 2018 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring from Duke's Graduate School. She will be honored, along with other recipients, at a ceremony on Wednesday, March 28, at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The Graduate School presents the Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring to recognize the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty and graduate students who consistently serve as effective… read more about Marsh receives 2018 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring  »

Duke Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience Jennifer Groh and a team of researchers have found that simply moving the eyes triggers the eardrums to move too. In a paper published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers found that keeping the head still but shifting the eyes to one side or the other sparks vibrations in the eardrums, even in the absence of any sounds. "This was really a team effort, instigated by a very determined Kurtis Gruters who received his PhD for this work, and… read more about The Eardrums Move When the Eyes Move »

We are pleased to announce that Camila Vargas Restrepo has won the 2017-2018 Jerome S. Bruner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Camila will be completing her Visual Media Studies/Psychology Interdepartmental Major in May. She plans to work for a year before beginning graduate work to study the cognitive processes behind data visualization. Camila arrived at Duke with interests in psychology, neuroscience, art, and graphic design, and has been able to design a program of study that draws from all of these… read more about Camila Vargas Restrepo receives 2017-2018 Jerome S. Bruner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research  »

  A new study by lead author Elika Bergelson is being reported in a number of media outlets, including The Atlantic;  Reuters;  The Guardian;  International Business Times; Science News; and Duke Today.   Bergelson's lab used eye tracking data to show that babies understand that the meanings of some groups of words, such as "juice and milk," are more alike than other groups, such as "juice and car."   The research  paper combines two approaches: measuring what infants know in the… read more about Babies Understand When Words are Related »

We are happy to announce that Tobias Overath will be joining the Duke Department of Psychology & Neuroscience as an Assistant Professor in summer 2018. Dr. Overath will be part of the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience graduate training program. Dr. Overath studied musicology and psychology at Humboldt University Berlin and neuroscience at Oxford University, before receiving his PhD from University College London in 2009. Following postdoctoral work at NYU, UCL, and Bonn University, he joined Duke as an Assistant… read more about Welcome Tobias Overath »

We are pleased to share the good news that Jenna McHenry will be joining us in Fall 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience. Dr. McHenry will be part of the Systems and Integrative Neuroscience (SINS) graduate training program. Dr. McHenry, who received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Florida State University in 2013, is currently a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research examines the functional… read more about P&N Welcomes Jenna McHenry »

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. The Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University,, invites applications for a Lecturer position to begin July 2018. This full-time regular-rank (non-tenure-track) position has a fixed-term appointment and is renewable. The position will have a primary focus on undergraduate instruction, with an emphasis on Neuroscience. The ideal candidate will already have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or Neurobiology and… read more about Neuroscience-focused Lecturer position, Duke University Department of Psychology & Neuroscience »

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. The Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University invites applications for a Lecturer position to begin July 2018. This full-time regular-rank (non-tenure-track) position has a fixed-term appointment and is renewable. The position will have a primary focus on undergraduate instruction. The ideal candidate will already have a Ph.D. in Psychology and at least five years of experience teaching Psychology courses as the instructor of… read more about Lecturer position with emphasis on undergraduate instruction, Duke University Department of Psychology & Neuroscience  »

P&N Assistant Professor Gregory Samanez-Larkin is featured in Duke's New Faculty 2017 Series: Samanez-Larkin explores how the brain's decision-making machinery changes as we age, specifically how individual and age differences in motivation and cognition influence decision making across the life span. His research is at the intersection of a number of subfields within psychology, neuroscience, and economics… read more about Gregory Samanez-Larkin featured in Duke's New Faculty 2017 Series »