Survival of the Friendliest book cover

Virtual book celebration announced for "Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity"

Friday, August 14, 2020
A virtual book celebration of Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods' Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity will take place via Zoom on Friday, August 21, co-sponsored by Duke University’s Departments of Psychology & Neuroscience,... Read More »
Elsa Friis

Graduate student Elsa Friis receives award for advocacy work, co-authors article on pandemic response behavioral health

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Elsa Friis, a graduate student in clinical psychology, has been awarded the Richard W. Morrell Community Commitment and Advocacy Award by Emory University - Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine for her critical work during her clinical internship. This award is ... Read More »
Sarah Broz

Sarah Broz joins staff as Research Administration Specialist

Monday, August 10, 2020
New Hire Staff Spotlight P&N welcomes new staff member Sarah Broz as its Research Administration Specialist, a new position within the department. Broz was hired during the time of COVID-19 and she shares a bit about her first weeks at Duke along with a bit about her personal... Read More »
Stella Powell-Williams

Task Force announces recipients of the 2020 Stella Powell-Williams Award

Monday, August 3, 2020
In the summer of 2020, the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience issued a charge to form the P&N Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Climate. As its first act, The Task Force created the Stella Powell-Williams Award, using internal support to... Read More »
Graduate and Postdoctoral Award Recipients

P&N graduate students awarded funding for psychological research related to identity, diversity, inclusion, equity, and thriving

Friday, July 31, 2020
With generous support from The Charles Lafitte Foundation, the recently-formed P&N Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Climate is assisting the department with redirecting funds previously designated for (now-prohibited) travel toward support for ... Read More »
VIP 2020 Group Zoom Photo

2020 Vertical Integration Program (VIP) concludes with virtually presented poster session

Monday, July 13, 2020
Congratulations to the undergraduate student participants of the 2020 Vertical Integration Program (VIP) — an annual summer research program for Duke University Psychology majors. The 2020 program was a unique experience due to the research restrictions set in place due to... Read More »
LaBar Lab

New Study from the Lab of Professor Kevin LaBar Reveals that Closer Threats Inspire a More Primitive Kind of Fear

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Different use of brain circuits may help explain the tenacity of post-traumatic stress Published: June 29, 2020 in Duke Today by Karl Leif Bates DURHAM, N.C. – Your brain handles a perceived threat differently depending on how close it is to you. If it’s far away, you engage more... Read More »
brain cogs

Disrupted Focus and Lower Energy are the Brain’s Response to the Pandemic

Monday, June 22, 2020
It's Okay to Rest Your Brain -- Even in a Pandemic by Jonathan Black, published June 22, 2020  A small square of gray paint in Sofia Rydin-Gray’s home symbolizes her realization that being productive had taken on a whole new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sofia Rydin-Gray, right,... Read More »

Psychology & Neuroscience Department Creates Anti-Racist Task Force

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
On June 15, 2020, the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience announced the official creation of a faculty-led task force for planning and actions around diversity, inclusion, and climate. In a message to the community, department Chair Scott Huettel stated, "We are... Read More »
becoming human

Michael Tomasello Receives Eleanor Maccoby Award in Developmental Psychology

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Professor Michael Tomasello has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Eleanor Maccoby Award in Developmental Psychology for his book, Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny.    The Maccoby Award is presented to the author of a book in the field of psychology that... Read More »