Psychology Achievements

  • Julie Neiworth, Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences and Psychology, published the article "Artificial grammar learning in cotton top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) in varying stimulus contexts" in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, with co-authors Justin London, professor of music and cognitive studies, Michael Flynn, professor of linguistics, and alumni Dee Dee Rupert (2011) and Owen Alldritt (2012). The article is available online March 9, 2017, and will be in print in the May issue of the journal.

  • Julie Neiworth, Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences and Psychology, received a $430,391 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a three-year research project to study the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In her project, Neiworth and undergraduate student researchers will collect cognitive and behavioral data from a troop of cotton-top tamarin monkeys. They hope to distinguish “natural” aging-related declines in learning and thinking from declines due to Alzheimer’s-like changes in the brain. In addition to working with up to 50 undergraduate researchers during summers, winter and spring breaks, and the three academic years covered by the grant, Neiworth will track beta amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, two major markers of AD, in monkeys post mortem.

  • Meerts published an article

    February 24, 2017

    Sarah Meerts, Assistant Professor of Psychology, published a review article with collaborator Fay A. Guarraci (Southwestern University) in Current Sexual Health Reports titled "Does Practice Make Perfect? Sexual Experience and Psychomotor Stimulants Influence Female Sexual Motivation Through Medial Preoptic Area Dopamine." She also recently published an article with student co-authors Kelly Anderson '13, Molly Farry-Thorn '13, Elliott Johnson '13, and Lisa Taxier '13 in Physiology & Behavior that describes the effect of prepubertal ovariectomy on motivation and reward for mating in female rats.

  • Julia Strand, Assistant Professor of Psychology, gave an invited talk for the Washington University in St. Louis Psychology department's division of Brain, Behavior, and Cognition. The talk was called Integrating contextual and perceptual information during spoken word recognition" and described research that was conducted with Carleton students Violet Brown '17, Hunter Brown '17, Joseph Slote '16, Jeff Berg '14, Jonathon Rowe '14, Allie Cooperman '14, and Andrea Simenstand '14.

  • Adam Putnam, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, was recently selected by the Association for Psychological Science as a 2016 Rising Star. The award is an early career award "in recognition of innovative work that has already advanced the field, signaling great potential for continued contributions to psychological science."

  • Lutsky published a chapter

    February 3, 2017

    Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, published a chapter, "Sharing a Full Measure of Psychology: Teaching the Introductory Course to Strengthen Quantitative Reasoning," in Dunn and Hard (Eds.), Thematic Approaches for Teaching Introductory Psychology (Cengage).

  • Lydia Henderson, '2016, and Julie Neiworth, Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of Natural Sciences and Psychology, presented the research "Evidence of Similar Reciprocity and Prosocial Behavior in Cotton Top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) and Adult Humans (Homo sapiens)" at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA, November, 2016.
  • Julia Strand, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Violet Brown '17, and Hunter Brown '17, presented research at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston, Massachusetts. The project, "Keep listening: Grammatical context reduces but does not eliminate activation of unexpected words" used eye-tracking to evaluate how listeners incorporate contextual information during spoken word recognition.

  • Ken Abrams, Associate Professor of Psychology, recently gave an invited lecture in the department of psychology at the University of Florence. The title of his talk was "The Detection of Malingering in Clinical Settings."

  • Ken Abrams, Associate Professor of Psychology, gave an invited talk at the fourth annual Roma in Europe: Toward Representation and Recognition conference at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. The title of his talk was "Reducing Prejudice Toward the European Roma: Lessons from US History."

  • Simon presented at SSSP

    November 5, 2016

    Stefanie Simon, Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Liberal Arts, along with a recent graduate Jae Eun Lee '16, gave a talk titled "Can Reframing the Label Feminist Reduce its Stigma?" at the annual conference of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (SSSP) on November 5th, 2016 at Asheville, NC.

  • Putnam published a paper

    October 7, 2016

    Adam Putnam, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, published a paper titled "Optimizing Learning in College: Tips from Cognitive Psychology" in Perspectives on Psychological Science with co-authors Victor W. Sungkhasettee and Henry L. Roediger, III in Washington University in St. Louis.