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Congratulations to P&N's first-year graduate students for another fine first-year festival!   Today's presenters were:  Nicholas Lusk  Elijah Petter  Sara Maurer  Hannah Moshontz de la Rocha  Alyssa Van Denburg  Stephanie Komoski  Sarah Staley  Emily Szkudlarek  John Powers  Carina Block  Haofang Li  Kibby McMahon  Elsa Friis read more about First Year Festival 2015 »

Congratulations  to Peggy Morrell, who has been selected as a recipient of a Meritorious Service Award in the 2014 Duke Presidential Awards. This is one of the highest honors given to staff and administrators at Duke – one recognizing “distinctive contributions to the university.” Over the years, Peggy  has made many contributions to the department, its administration, and its graduate and  undergraduate programs. She’s worked with several chairs, countless graduate students, and served as a mentor to many of the staff. … read more about Peggy Morrell Receives Presidential Award »

P&N graduate student Marcus Rodriguez is the recipient of the 2015 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award.  The Cook Society was founded to honor Dr. Samuel BuBois Cook, the first African American faculty member hired and tenured at Duke University. The Cook Award seeks to recognize members of the Duke Community who reflect in their work or in their academic pursuits, the objectives to which Dr. Cook dedicated his professional life. Cook dedicated his professional life to social justice, and  was committed to fostering… read more about Marcus Rodriguez recipient of 2015 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award »

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Rita Svetlova will be joining Duke’s faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience. Dr. Svetlova received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. Her research focuses on the development of prosocial skills, empathy, and morality. Please join us in welcoming her to Duke! Current Web Page:… read more about Welcome Rita Svetlova »

P&N welcomes its first-year graduate students, who attended their first seminar today.  The 2014 students are: -Carina Block -Korrina Duffy -Elsa Friis -Stephanie Komoski -Haofang Li -Nockolas Lusk -Sara Maurer -Katherine McMahon -Hannah Monshontz -Hannah Oh -Elijah Petter -John Powers -Matt Scult -Emily Szkudlarek -Sarah Staley -Alyssa VanDenburg -Jonathan Winkle Welcome all! read more about Welcome first-year graduate students! »

On Friday, May 2nd, the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience joined with the entire university in celebrating the career of our colleague and friend Philip R. Costanzo. The celebration, which was held at the Nasher Museum of Art, included a Festschrift in the afternoon featuring four internationally recognized scholars who discussed the implications of Prof. Costanzo’s work and a dinner and roast in the evening. The featured speakers were: E. Tory Higgins, Columbia University; William Swann, University of Texas-Austin… read more about Celebrating the Career of Philip Costanzo »

The Department of Psychology & Neuroscience honored our new PhD graduates with a dinner reception on Friday May 9. Those honored include: Kait Clark Chris Coutlee Bon-Mi Gu Jiefeng Jiang Shian-Ling Keng Sandra Nay McCourt Yuliya Nikolova Michael Stanton Tina Tognoni Sharda Umanath Molly Stroud Weeks Lauren Williamson Amy Winecoff The weekend conlcuded with the diploma distribution ceremony for P&N undergraduates on Sunday in front of the sociology-psychology building.  Congratulations to all P&N Graduates… read more about Congratulations P&N Graduates! »

Congratulations to  Harris Cooper, who has just been named the Hugo L. Blomquist Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience.   Dr. Cooper was recognized for his contributions to several areas of psychology, from educational practice and student learning to meta-analysis and research synthesis, as well as for his leadership at Duke and in  our department's discipline. He was one of seven Arts and Sciences faculty who were awarded distinguished professorships this year. read more about Harris Cooper named the Hugo L. Blomquist Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience »

  Psychology & Neuroscience PhD graduate Kaitlin Toner, professor Mark Leary,  undergraduate student Michael Asher, and doctoral candidate Katrina Jongman-Sereno, are featured in Duke Today for their research on people's feelings of superiority about their political beliefs. The Duke P&N team found that people who have more extreme political attitudes, in both liberal and conservative directions, tend to also think that their beliefs are superior to everyone else's.    See the Duke Today website for the full… read more about 'Belief Superiority' is Bipartisan »

Psychology & Neuroscience professor Kathy Sikkema and  doctoral student Sarah Wilson, along with Dr. Melissa Watt at Duke Global Health Institute are featured in this month's Duke Research Blog for their upcoming study on psychological interventions for women with obstetric fistula in Tanzania.  Women with obstetric fistula have been found to have higher levels of depression, anxiety, and PTSD due to the social stigmatization associated with the disease. See Duke's research blog for the full article:http://sites.duke.… read more about P & N collaboration on global mental health in Tanzania »

Mark Leary, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, has been elected President of the the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the world's largest organization of social and personality psychologists, with over 5000 members worldwide.  Leary will serve as President-elect in 2014 and as President in 2015. read more about Mark Leary Elected SPSP President »

Congatulations to our 2013 Ph.D Graduates, who were hooded on Sunday, May 12.  Our graduates and their thesis titles are listed below. Graduates Erin DavissonStrengthening Self-Control by Practicing Inhibition and InitiationAmy DentThe Relation Between Self-Regulation and Academic Achievement: A Meta-Analysis Exploring Variation in the Way Constructs are Labeled, Defined, and MeasuredJoseph DunsmooreBrain Mechanisms of Human Fear Generalizationread more about Congratulations 2013 Ph.D Graduates »

P&N's Makeba Wilbourn is featured in  Duke Today for her work  at Durham's C.C. Spaulding Elementary.  Dr. Wilbourn's research-in-practice hopes to close the achievement gap with students by pairing gestures and body movements with vocabulary instruction and memory tests.  Full text of the article: read more about Closing the achievement gap »

Dean Svend Hyllenberg, left, presents Duke's David Rubin with an honorary degree. Seated wearing a gray dress (background, center) is Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Photo by Lars Kruse/Aarhus UniversityCongratulations to P&N faculty David Rubin, who received an honorary degree from Denmark's Aarhus University on September 14.  Check out the feature story on Duke Today as well as the video feature where Rubin talks about his research. read more about David Rubin Receives Honorary Degree From Denmark's Aarhus University »

How Staci Bilbo's research could illuminate human brain development:   This article originally appeared in Gist from the Mill, the news magazine from the Social Science Research Institute.   Staci Bilbo is one of the few researchers in her field who meld neuroscience and immunology techniques.     Article from Duke Today   Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in Gist from the Mill, the news magazine from the Social Science… read more about Staci Bilbo's research featured on Duke Today »

Duke researchers found that pre-teen girls may not be any better at friendships than boys. In a Duke University study out Tuesday, researchers found that pre-teen girls may not be any better at friendships than boys, despite previous research suggesting otherwise. The findings suggest that when more serious violations of a friendship occur, girls struggle just as much and, in some ways, even more than boys. The girls in this study were just as likely as boys to report that they would seek revenge against an offending… read more about Girls Feel More Anger When Friends Offend »