Psychology Department News
- Professor Walter Mischel will deliver the 2014 Tanner Lecture on Human Values at the University of Michigan on April 9th. His lecture, "Overcoming the Weakness of the Will", will be followed on April 10th by an Interdisciplinary Symposium to discuss its implication for public policy and decision-making.
- The New York Times' Room for Debate series features a piece by Professor Carl Hart calling for a more considered and compassionate approach
to treating drug addiction.
- The Huffington Post discusses the roots of rejection sensitivity, the physiological effects of rejection and coping strategies with Professor Geraldine Downey.
- Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns appeared on CNN's Headline News to discuss race and the Michael Dunn trial.
- Professor Carl Hart weighs in on addiction and treatment in The New York Times' Room for Debate series. Read the full conversation here.
- Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns joined Michigan's State of Opportunity to discuss high-stakes testing and its impact on low-income students and children of color. Click here to hear the entire discussion.
- Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns has been awarded the prestigious Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. The Lenfest Awards were established in 2005 by University Trustee Gerry Lenfest to recognize exceptional teaching and scholarship. Prof. Purdie-Vaughns will receive an award of $25,000 per year for the next three years.
- Professor Carl Hart appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss drug addiction and drug policy with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Click here to watch their spirited debate.
- The Science section of The New York Times featured the research of Dr. Carl Hart in an article entitled "Tracing Addiction Outside the Brain: The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts".
- Professors Janet Metcalfe and Herbert Terrace published Agency and Joint Attention, available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
- Psychology doctoral student Diana Keith is interviewed by DugDug.com regarding her recently published paper, titled Time of day influences the voluntary intake and behavioral response to methamphetamine and food reward.
- Dr. Carl Hart publishes an op-ed in the New York Times concerning the Trayvon Martin case: Reefer Madness, an Unfortunate Redux.
- Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns has been awarded Columbia's prestigious Research Initiatives in Science and Engineering (RISE) award.
- Psychology doctoral student Christopher Crew has been selected to receive a Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award.
- Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns is invited to discuss her research at the White House on May 16, 2013. She will be participating in a day-long meeting entitled Excellence in Education: The Importance of Academic Mindsets. This event will be co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by the Raikes Foundation.
- Professor Donald C. Hood is one of the newly elected members of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Professor Sarah Woolley joins singer/songwriter Jill Sobule for an evening of science and singing at Café Science. Sarah Woolley, neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology, and Jill Sobule discuss why people like to sing and hear songs and why birds like to do the same. Music and science unite to help understand what the exemplary mating life of songbirds might tell us about the human brain and how it processes music.
- Professors Kevin Ochsner and Frances Champagne give an MBBI talk titled, "Shaping the Brain: How Genes, Emotions, and the Arts Influence Perception" at 6p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Kevin Oscnher researches social cognitive neuroscience approaches to emotion and its regulation, self control, and personal perception and Frances Champagne researches behavioral neuroscience, maternal behavior, and epigenetics.
- February 24, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the lecture given by Professor John B. Watson of The John Hopkins University to the Columbia University Psychological Seminary entitled: "Psychology as the Behaviorist Views it." Professor Watson visited Columbia as a non-resident lecturer in Psychology during 1913 and gave this lecture, his second of eight in a series on "Animal Psychology." Many have described the lecture series as a watershed moment in Psychology. The accompanying paper, published in the March 1913 issue of the Psychological Review, is described as the "Behaviorist's Manifesto."
- Two funds for Professor Edward E. Smith have been established under the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award to commemorate Professor Smith's impact on us and the Departments of Psychology at the University of Michigan and Columbia University as well as on the entire field of Cognitive Neuroscience.
- Professor Carl Hart published High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, available on Amazon.com. The New York Times Opinion Pages article "Keep to Your Expertise" and the WNYC Radio show The Take Away with John Hockenberry, in "Flawed Drug Policy Highlights Myths Around Race and Drugs," both feature Professor Hart's research. Download the WYNC audio here.
- Professor Niall Bolger published Intensive Longitudinal Methods: An Introduction to Diary and Experience Sampling Research. The book is featured by Guilford Press and available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
- Mortimer B. Zuckerman has pledged $200 million to endow a Mind Brain Behavior Institute (MBBI) to support interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scholars across the University during a panel discussion that included Professor Geraldine Downey.
- An article "The Power of Concentration" by Graduate Student Maria Konnikova was featured in The New York Times Sunday Review. The article was published in conjunction with her book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes available on Amazon.com.