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Kara Sage
Sage Publishes Book Chapter

Kara Sage, visiting assistant professor of psychology, co-authored a chapter titled "Dwelling on Action" in the new book Social Perception: Detection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention (ed. M.D. Rutherford and Valerie Kuhlmeier).  More ...

Rosmery Rodriguez '15 works with a child at her internship at The New England Center for Children.
Rosmery Rodriguez ’15 is Intern at New England Center for Children

The New England Center for Children (NECC), a school for children diagnosed with autism, has a long-standing close relationship with Hamilton College.  NECC was founded by Hamilton alumnus, Vincent Strully Jr. ’69, who serves as chief executive officer. Each semester, students interested in education and psychology work and take courses there as part of Hamilton’s cooperative education program, managed by James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology Jonathan Vaughan.  Rosmery Rodriguez ’15 is interning as a full-time teacher with the Center’s students this summer.  More ...

Sandhya Rao '15, Gretchen Walker '14, Rebecca Gaines '15, Sarah Mehrotra '14, Noah Levinson '14.
L.A.B. Lab Crew Helps Support New Model of the Brain

Everyone uses language on a daily basis, but few question exactly how we understand what another person is saying.  Interpreting gestures and sounds seems natural to us, yet there is a much deeper and more scientific explanation to it all.  More ...

Sarah Mandel '15, Carrie Cabush '15, (Alex Cates '15 pictured on monitor), Summer Bottini '14, Mahima Karki '14
Tracking Movements to Find Answers

Picking up a spoon to stir your morning coffee seems uncomplicated enough, right? We simply see the object and move our hand until it is close enough to grab it. But how much harder does it become if the object gets smaller or farther away from us? Or what happens when we start using our non-dominant hand? Perhaps most of us could make an educated guess at how much harder it would make the task, but Paul Fitts took it one step further beyond just estimating.  More ...

Professor of Psychology Penny Yee has been appointed Associate Dean of Faculty, starting July 1.
Penny Yee Appointed Associate Dean of Faculty

Dean of Faculty Patrick Reynolds announced that Professor of Psychology Penny Yee has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Faculty, with particular responsibilities for curricular matters, for a three-year term starting July 1.   More ...

Psi Chi volunteers at the Oneida Walk for Autism.
Psi Chi Members Volunteer at Autism Walk

Five members of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, volunteered at the Walk for Autism fundraiser in Oneida on April 20. April is Autism Awareness Month and the walk was held to benefit The Kelberman Center in Utica, a regional center for excellence for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The center was founded by Michael Kelberman ’80. Heather Wixson, associate director of the Career Center, was co-chair of the walk this year.  More ...

Prof. Jen Borton, Ellen Doernberg '13, Ashley Sutton '13, Arielle Berti '13, and former Hamilton Professor Mark Oakes.
Borton, Students Attend Social Psychology Conference

Associate Professor of Psychology Jen Borton and five students attended the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans, Jan. 17-21. The students had conducted research with Borton in 2011 or 2012 and presented posters of their work.  More ...

Allison Reeder '14
Reeder '14 Undertakes Neurological Disorder Research

Reserach has found that it’s more startling to hear a single loud sound than a soft sound followed by a loud sound. This neurological phenomenon is called pre-pulse inhibition and exists so that the body can adapt to loud stimuli when it is supplied with a warning. Allison Reeder ’14 has been awarded a science summer research grant to study pre-pulse inhibition in rats under the direction of Stone Professor of Psychology Douglas Weldon.  More ...

Beril Esen, Jose Mendez and Susannah Parkin.
Students’ Research Shows People Not Always as Confident as They Seem

Over the past several decades, psychologists have placed a growing level of importance on bringing up children with high self-esteem, but according to the research of Beril Esen ’13, Susannah Parkin ’13 and Jose Mendez ’14, a person’s level of self-esteem is not always what it appears to be.  More ...

Scott Pillette, Liza Gergenti, Hallie Brown and Summer Bottini with the Skinner boxes.
Students Conduct Trials on Drug That Could Help OCD, ADHD

Pharmaceutical research is usually dominated by corporations and large research universities, but student researchers Hallie Brown ’13, Summer Bottini ’14, Scott Pillette ’14 and Liza Gergenti ’14 are conducting preliminary animal trials on the psychoactive drug Quinpirole as Hamilton undergraduates. They’re studying Quinpirole’s effect on contrafreeloading under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Frederick.  More ...

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