Psychology Achievements

  • has been selected to receive an award for the best paper published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology in 2006-7. The award, called the Frank A. Beach Comparative Psychology Award, is given by APA (American Psychological Association). The authors of the paper were Neiworth and Carleton alumni Amy Gleichman ('05), Annie Olinick ('04) and Kristen Lamp ('05), and the research compared perceptual processing in children and monkeys and found connections with deficits and autism. Neiworth's current NIH grant is examining these deficits further to find perceptual diagnostics for autism and to explore monkeys as a model of the perceptual deficits of autism.

  • published an article entitled "Decision Structuring in Important Real-Life Decisions" in the April issue of the journal Psychological Science. In early April, Galotti also served on the visiting review committee to assess the psychology department at Bowdoin College.

  • all professors of Psychology at various levels, helped to plan the successful inaugural "MidBrains 2007" conference, a midwestern undergraduate conference for neuroscientists, held at Macalester College on Saturday, April 28, 2007. Student presenters from Carleton included Mariko Teruya ('06), Linda Nickens, Aaron Fanta, and George Kachergis (all '07).

  • and co-author alumni Janice Hassett ('03) and Cara Sylvester ('03) just published an article "Face Processing in humans and new world monkeys: the influence of experiential and ecological factors" in print in the international journal Animal Cognition, in April, 2007.

  • has just published the fourth edition of her textbook, Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory, with Thomson Wadsworth publishers. The book contains several photographs taken by Nancy Ashmore '72, many depicting Carleton alums. Professor Galotti also recently served on the Visiting Review Committee to assess the Psychology Department at Bowdoin College.

  • led a workshop, Writing Counts: Helping Students Write with Numbers, sponsored by the American Sociological Association at the annual meeting of the MSS/NCSA in Chicago, April 4.

  • served on the Cognition, Perception and Language Fellowships Study Section for the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis panel, in March 2007.

  • gave the keynote address at the 11th annual University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Teaching Conference, January 17. His talk was entitled "Curricular Sudoku: Connecting Across the Liberal Arts with Quantitative Reasoning."

  • gave an invited address, "Preparing Students for a Measured Life: Teaching Quantitative Reasoning across the Psychology Curriculum", at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology, Jan. 3-6, 2007.

  • was awarded support from the Wallin Faculty Development and Hewlett Presidential Funds for a course release to restructure a required biological psychology lab course and to support NIH-funded grant activities involving undergraduate researchers testing autistic children at the UMN.

  • chaired a session on attentional capture and presented research entitled "Paying attention to arousal: Emotional valence alone is not enough" in Houston, TX at the 47th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Nov 19, 2006. Co-authors of the presentation were Carleton students Juliana Houston (2009), Alistair Johnston (philosophy, 2008), and UMN student Justin Jonas.

  • presented research entitled "Individual and social factors contribute to conversational perspective taking" in Houston, TX at the 47th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Nov 18, 2006. Co-authors of the research included Carleton alumni Rachel Vallens (cognitive studies, 2006) and Liam Reilly (psychology, 2006).