Psychology Achievements

  • presented research entitled "Two tasks of social inequity aversion in cotton top tamarins" at the 47th meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Houston, TX on Nov. 17, 2006. Assisting her with that research project were psychology majors Elizabeth T. Johnson ’07, Katie Whillock ’08 (double major, with biology), Julia Greenberg ’08, and Vanessa Brown ’07. In attendance to present the research in Houston were Johnson, Whillock and Greenberg (along with Neiworth).

  • co-authored a paper with Carleton alumni Amy Gleichman (neuroscience, ’05), Anne Olinick (psychology, ’04) and Kristen Lamp (psychology, ’05) titled "Global and Local Processing in Adult Humans, Five-year-old Children and Adult Cotton Top Tamarins" in the Journal of Comparative Psychology (Nov. 2006).

  • recently co-authored an article with Albrecht Inhoff and Ulrish Weger of SUNY, Binghamton, titled "The impact of letter detection on eye movement patterns during reading: Reconsidering lexical analysis in connected text as a function of task." The article was published in the June issue of the Quarterly Journal of Psychology. Research in the article considers whether the processing of syntactic information changes with reading task as measured by eye movement.
  • and associate dean of the college Elizabeth Ciner have published a paper entitled "Decision-making styles in a real-life decision: Choosing a college major" in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The paper was co-authored by Hope Altenbaumer '91, Heather Geerts '01, Allison Rupp '03, and Julie Wolfe '04. Galotti is also the author of an article entitled "The moral status of relational aggression in elementary school children" with Dianna Murray-Close '01 and Nicki Crick, professor of child development at the University of Minnesota. The article appeared in a recent issues of the journal Social Development.

  • recently gave a paper entitled Quirks of Rhetoric: A Quantitative Analysis of Quantitative Reasoning in Student Writing, at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle. He also led a workshop, "A Word About Numbers: Strengthening Student Uses of Quantitative Reasoning in Writing," at the Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum Summer Institute in Leavenworth, WA. During the month of August he was also elected to the Board of the National Numeracy Network.

  • co-authored an article with Janice Hassett '03 and Cara Sylvester '03 entitled "Face processing in humans and new world monkeys: the influence of experiential and ecological factors." The article appears on-line in the international journal Animal Cognition in August, 2006.

  • served on the Cognition and Perception Study Section of the National Institute of Health's Center for Scientific Review in Washington, D.C.

  • recently gave the keynote address, "Got Numbers? Strengthening Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum," at the University of Wisconsin system Conference on Quantitative Reasoning, March 10 at River Falls. He also published "Teaching Quantitative Reasoning: How to Make Psychology Statistically Significant" in the March issue of the Association for Psychological Science Observer.

  • made a presentation to the 2006 meeting of the Society of Research on Adolescence entitled "Goal Setting and Decision-Making in At-Risk Youth." Her coauthors were visting assistant professor of educational studies Mary Gustafson and senior lecturer in psychology Steven Kozberg.

  • Sulani Perera, a Carleton '06 psychology major, was chosen by USA Today for the 17th annual All-USA College Academic Team. She was selected for the Second Team, which places her in the second group of 20 students chosen from over 600 outstanding nominees from colleges and universities across the country. Perera's summer research in Sri Lanka on the psychological effects of the tsunami was specifically cited in her selection. The first three team listings and honorable mentions appeared in the February 15, 2006 issue of USA Today. The second team listing can be found at USA Today ALLSTARS
  • Sebastian, in group cage.
    was awarded an Independent Research Fellowship for her proposed research entitled the role of equity and fairness in the social behavior of cotton top tamarins . She will conduct this research with faculty sponsor Julie Neiworth during the summer of 2006.
  • was awarded an NIH AREA grant ($207,059). The grant, beginning March 1 2006 and continuing through 2009, will support student collaborators to conduct research with Julie on the perceptual processing of tamarin monkeys. Tamarins appear to be a good model of the perceptual problems experienced by autistic individuals. Further exploration of this topic may yield better diagnostic tests for aspects of autism, training programs to correct for some deficits, and a deeper understanding of how the brain evolved in connectivity and temporal binding to influence perceptual processing.