Congratulations to CANlabber Matt Kmiecik who has won the 2013 University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award for his psychology honor's thesis, "Semantic Distance Modulates the N400 Event-Related Potential in Verbal Analogical Reasoning", which he will present this summer at the Cognitive Science Society Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany. Matt will receive his award at the LUROP award ceremony this coming Saturday.
Congratulations to Will Beischel, Hadeel Barrawi, Rob Polumbo, and Leanne Stacey who received Provost Fellowships to do research in the lab over the coming year. Will will continue working with the aging group to develop metamemory and adaptive encoding measures for use with EEG to explore factors responsible for individual differences in long-term memory in older adults. Hadeel will work with Dr. Silton on her project investigating executive functions in people undergoing treatment for depression. Rob will work with Johnson Fellow Callie Short, graduate Laura Stockdale, and Dr. Morrison to develop measures to investigate the influence of violent media on cognition. Leanne will collaborate with graduate student Laura Stockdale, Dr. Morrison, and Dr. Seung-Chul Yoo in the School of Communications to investigate factors affecting brand memory and attitude in advertisements place in violent video games.
Congratulations to Bianca Wells, who has been accepted into the McNair Scholars Program and will be doing a summer internship with Dr. Morrison to begin her time in the CAN lab. She will join the aging research group. Congratulations are once again in order to graduate student Dane Wendell who received a Research Mentoring Program fellowship to continue his work on the neural correlates of political ideology while mentoring undergraduate lab member Makiah Nuutinen. Jessica Tapia will also be joining the lab this summer as a part of the Research Mentoring Program to work with Val Flores on the language brokering and development of analogical reasoning projects. Its going to be an exciting summer!
CANlabber Ryan Brisson will be inducted into the Maroon & Gold Society in recognition of his commitment to leadership, academic excellence, and service to others. Members represent a cross-section of undergraduate communities and leadership paths at the university.Maroon & Gold Society members exemplify holistic development – the fusion of the academic, personal, spiritual, and character dimensions of student development. Society members are living examples of an integrated Jesuit education for leadership. As such, these rising seniors will act as a liaison between the student body and the President of the University.
Elise and Val in action!
Congratulations to CANlabber Val Flores who received the Child and Family Fellowship to fund work on the development of analogical reasoning with fellow CANlabbers Dr. Morrison, Elise Gagnon, Sarah Zaza, and Riley Sticca.
Dane's the scared one!
Congratulations to CANlab graduate student Dane Wendell who received the prestigious Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship for his work involving the neural correlates of political ideology.
Way to go Dane!
Congratulations to CANlabbie and Provost/Mulcahy Scholar Matt Kmiecik who was featured in the most recent issue of Inside Loyola.
While comics are a relatively recent art form stretching back to the late 1900's they are part of a tradition of pictorial communication stretching back at least as far as the Egyptians. Over the last 40 years cartoon artists have reached beyond traditional publishing channels to an independent way of publishing that gives them the ability to write, draw, and even publish their own work. This has opened up possibilities and creativity has been unleashed. Comic Book Independents interviews artists working in this tradition and cognitive psychologist Dr. James Kaufman who studies the psychology of creativity. Dr. Morrison was a part of a panel discussion after the film screening.
Congratulations to CANlabbie Dane Wendell on the birth of his first daughter, Sophia Soroka Wendell! We're running our second annual lab sleep study, and so far it appears Dane's executive functioning is suffering. He wanders the apartment with diapers, nipple cream and two pints of icewater, and he can't stop humming invented songs that he made up at 4am trying to get baby to sleep. Hopefully he's passes the diaper stroop task!
Beach Boys fans are not the only ones thinking about aging in sunny California these days Dr. Morrison recently attended the American Federation of Aging Research Grantee Conference in Santa Barbara, California. The conference featured presentations from scientists who have recently received grants from AFAR (including Dr. Morrison) as well as Jan van Deursen (Mayo Clinic) and Mark D'Esposito (Berkeley). Representatives from the Ellison Medical Foundation, Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, as well as the National Institute on Aging also offered presentations on the state of funding for aging research. Thanks to the generosity of the Gilbert Foundation, Dr. Morrison is able to attend this conference annually at no cost to the lab!
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