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Ramya Ramnath '13 and Bret Turner '13
Ramnath ’13 and Turner ’13 Explore Hemispheric Differences

The human brain reacts differently to emotional cues depending on which hemisphere is processing them. By exploring  hemisphere  reactions to varying  stimuli, these two student researchers hope to unmask some of the brain's mysteries.  More ...

Megan Lander '13 and Sarah Cocuzzo '13.
Cocuzzo ’13 and Lander ’13 Examine Contrafreeloading in Rats

Rats may be notorious for their unappealing image, but in a scientific laboratory they can be instrumental toward testing hypotheses and unlocking new discoveries. In psychology, studying the behavior of rats can shed light on otherwise baffling animal phenomena. This summer Sarah Cocuzzo ’13 and Megan Lander ’13 are studying rats with regard to the phenomenon of contrafreeloading. Their project will examine the tendency to work for a reward even when it is readily available without any effort.  More ...

Ashley Sutton 13, Ellen Doernberg '13 and Arielle Berti '13.
Rising Juniors Berti, Doernberg and Sutton to Study Self-Esteem

A Hamilton research group will attempt to quantify isolate and study the concept of self-esteem in a resreach project this summer. Arielle Berti ’13, Ellen Doernberg ’13 and Ashley Sutton ’13 will work with Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Borton on a study of self-esteem and how it affects everyday life.  More ...

Charlotte Cosgrove '13 and Alexandra Arenson '13.
Arenson ’13 and Cosgrove ’13 Tackle Language Comprehension

Rising juniors Alexandra Arenson ’13 and Charlotte Cosgrove ’13 will spend the summer with Professor Jeremy Skipper  studying speech and the parts of the brain that affect it.  Their project, “The Phantom Text Effect,” concerns the processes of speech comprehension in the brain among adult English speakers.  More ...

Jennifer Borton
Borton and Alumni Co-Author Paper in Psychology Journal

A paper co-authored by Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Borton was published in the March-April issue of The Journal of Social Psychology. “Does Suppressing the Thought of a Self-Relevant Stigma Affect Interpersonal Interaction?” was co-written with David Reiner ’05, Erica Vazquez ’08, Jessica Ruddiman ’09 and Stephanie Anglin ’10.  More ...

Students from Seneca Street School in Oneida visit with a snake in Prof. Dave Gapp's lab.
Faculty Help Local Children Discover the Wonders of Science

Two groups of local third-grade students recently enjoyed some hands-on science learning with the help of Hamilton’s science faculty. For about 20 years, Professor of Biology Dave Gapp has organized “Science Exploration Days” which bring classes of elementary school students to Hamilton for guided tours and short lessons in various areas of science.  More ...

Jeremy Skipper
Skipper Awarded $907K NIH Grant

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Skipper has been awarded a $907,350 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research project "Neurobiology of Speech Perception in Real-World Contexts." The long-term objective of this research “is to understand the neural mechanisms of language comprehension in real-world settings, in which the brain can use context to aid in communication.”  More ...

Jennifer Borton
Borton Featured on InsideHigherEd

Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Borton’s recording for the nationally syndicated Academic Minute program was featured on InsideHigherEd’s website on Feb. 22. Borton discusses why trying to suppress negative thoughts is often counterproductive on the recording that was broadcast by public radio station WAMC on Feb. 7.  More ...

Jennifer Borton
Borton Presents at Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Borton presented a poster at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology held in San Antonio on Jan. 29-30. Her poster was titled “Level and Contingency of Self-Esteem Predict Thought Suppression, Rumination, and Self-Reflection.”  More ...

Deborah Barany '11 and Anthony Sali '10
Neuro and Psych Students Publish in Experimental Brain Research

In 2009, Deborah A. Barany '11 and Anthony W. Sali '10 participated in Hamilton's Summer Science Research Program. Under the supervision of Psychology and Neuroscience professor Jonathan Vaughan, they investigated how people control movements in complex environments. A poster about the work was presented at the annual Psychonomic Society meeting in 2009.  More ...

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