CNS2015Eva Gjorgieva, Val Flores, and Riley Sticca
CAN labbies won people choice poster awards at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society which took place in San Francisco, CA from March 28 - 31. Senior undergraduate and Mulcahy and Provost Scholar Eva Gjorgieva’s work (along with graduate student Val Flores (Research Mentoring Program), lab alum Dr. Vanessa Rainey, senior Riley Sticca (Mulcahy and Provost Scholar), and lab co-directors Robert Morrison and Rebecca Silton investigating task switching in bilinguals was also featured on the CNS website

Other winners included a poster on how changes in anterior prefrontal cortex during adolescence support the development of fluid intelligence by Professor Morrison, Val Flores, recent lab alum Elise Gagnon (former Johnson Scholar), and current Johnson Scholars senior Sarah Zaza (Johnson Scholar), and junior Amanda Sweis (Johnson Scholar), and work exploring the neural correlates of emotional face processing in habitual violent gamers by senior Rob Palumbo (Mulcahy Scholar and Research Mentoring Program), research associate Laura Stockdale (Research Mentoring Program), senior Kavita Patel (Provost Fellow) and professors Morrison and Silton.  

Senior Makiah Nuutinen's (Provost Scholar) work along with political science graduate student Dane Wendell, professor Rick Matland, and lab director Dr. Morrison on using dual-process theory to understand differences in reasoning with respect to political ideology was also well received.

A group of CAN lab alumni and friends reunited with Bob over the holidays to relive old times and celebrate continued friendship and collaborations. In attendance were Krishna Bharani (2011, lab manager), Brian Sweis (2012), John Molony (2012), Matt Kmiecik (2013, lab manager), Laura Eldridge (2013), Sean McCarthy.
Matt Kimiecik, Rob Palumbo and Bob Morrison traveled to Quebec City, Canada to present five posters at the 36th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Rob presented his work with Laura Stockdale on the effects of emotional face processing.  Matt presented recent work with Ryan Brisson on the neural correlates of verbal analogical reasoning.  Matt and Bob Morrison also presented three posters on collaborative work with Lara Jones and Jessica Irwin from Wayne State Univeristy and Nash Unsworth from the University of Oregon.  The group dined on much poutine and enjoyed Canada's oldest city.
The CAN lab is so proud of our 2014 graduates: Will Beischel (Psychology Honors), Ryan Brisson (Biology & Psychology Honors), Kat Dillane (Psychology), Elise Gagnon (Psychology Honors), Natalie Mandel (MS Health Sciences), Megan Martin (Psychology), Izabelle Rymut (Biology), Leanne Stacey (Psychology Honors), Callie Short (Psychology), and Bianca Wells (Biology).

We look forward to hearing about your exciting future endeavors.  Thanks for your dedication to your work in the lab...we will always be grateful!

The CAN lab once again attended the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society this year hosted for the first time in Boston. We enjoyed local delights including Lobsta and Red Socks.  Ryan Brisson, Matt Kmiecik presented the work they have been doing with Dr. Morrison on the time course of verbal analogical reasoning. Laura Stockdale (LUROP Research Mentoring Program) and Rob Palumbo (LUROP Research Mentoring Program, Mulcahy Scholar) presented their work exploring how media violence can change the neural correlates of emotional face processing. Will Beischel (Provost Scholar), Bianca Wells (McNair Scholars Program), Izabelle Rymut (Johnson Scholar) presented their work on how differences in learning strategies impact the neural correlates of face-name memory during retrieval practiceAll three of the posters we presented won People's Choice Poster Awards which were given to the 8 outstanding posters from the conference. Travel was supported by the department of psychology, the McNair Scholars Program, the Johnson Scholars Program, and LUROP Travel Awards.

CAN lab lab manager Matt Kmiecik and co-director Dr. Morrison traveled to Berlin, Germany to attend the 35th meeting of the Cognitive Science Society where Matt gave a talk describing their collaboration to understand the time course of verbal analogical reasoning using EEG.  Dr. Morrison also presented collaborative work with Sean McCarthy on the role of incubation in insight problem solving. A great experience was had meeting scientists all over the world.  The work they discussed was funded by generous grants from the Provost and Mulcahy fellowship programs, and travel was supported by Grants from LUROP and the College of Arts and Science's Dean's Office.

Matt and Bob then traveled onto Dijon, France were Dr. Morrison helped to organize the Analogy 2013: The 3rd International Conference on Analogy.  The conference, originally started by the late Boicho Kokinov brought researchers from many different disciplines and countries together to discuss their work on analogy.  Dr. Morrison lead and spoke at a session hosted on brain mechanisms in analogy that was hosted in the Hospices de Beaune, the oldest hospital in Europe.

CANLab grad students and summer undergrads enjoyed listening to the opening performance of the Grant Park Orchestra! It was Chicago at its best...And the food and snacks were delicious. Now, back to work everyone!

Wrestling Aging
Dr. Morrison attended the American Federation for Aging Research's (AFAR) annual conference in Santa Barbara, CA for the second time.  Individuals invited to attend the meeting have been selected by the Gilbert, Glazer, Ellison and Glenn private foundations for their innovative approaches to questions involving human aging as well as age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's.  Presentations at the three day meeting are a tour de force of neuroscience demonstrating cutting edge approaches from cell and molecular biology to neuropathology to behavioral and cognitive neuroscience and even public health and epidemiology. Many investigators use multiple approaches in their laboratories. For instance one researcher from Israel is using optigenetics to specifically activate diseased neural circuits in Alzheimer's mice while their brain activity is measured using high magnetic field fMRI. Dr. Morrison presented work from the CAN lab's aging research group using neuroimaging to understand variability in memory and executive function in older adults exhibiting age typical as well as exceptional and pathologic aging.

Congratulations to CAN labbie, Elise Gagnon who has received a Psichi/APS Summer Research Grant to work with Dr. Morrison on her Johnson Scholarship project investigating changes in brain networks responsible for analogical reasoning in girls and young women.  Just 6 people from hundreds of applicants across the country receive one of these grants each year.  Way to go Elise!





A hardy welcome to our new CAN lab, lab manager, Matt Kmiecik.  Matt has worked in the lab as a student for the last three years where he has studied the cognitive neuroscience of verbal analogical reasoning--work he will continue in the lab during the next year. Matt has received LUROP funding for his projects over the last several years and will be joining Dr. Morrison at the Cognitive Science Society (Berlin, Germany) and the Third International Conference on Analogy (Dijion, France) at the beginning of August.  As with Krishna, Matt is well versed in all we do in the lab including experimental design, testing, and analysis.  He has extensive experience programming experiments in e-Prime and analyzing EEG data using EMSE.  Matt will also be supervising training efforts in the lab.  If you have questions about the lab in general or your project in particular please contact him in LL21!