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NYU Psychology in the News
Ana Gantman and Jay Van Bavel describe a forthcoming paper on "the psychological phenomenon of seeing something significant" in the New York Times.
QS World Rankings places NYU Psychology 8th in the world among top Psychology departments.
The New York Times has featured Gabriele Oettingen's research on how overly optimistic language in the media predicts subsequent economic downturns.
Gabriele Oettingen's research on positive thinking was discussed in The New Yorker.
Marjorie Rhodes's research on children's understanding of social groups and moral obligations was the focus of an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Scott Barry Kaufman recently started a weekly column called "Beautiful Minds" at Scientific American Mind.
Professors Marjorie Rhodes and Tessa West are featured as "rising stars" in the April issue of the Observer, published by the Association for Psychological Science.
Eric Knowles's research on how people may form false memories of political events in ways that support their political orientation. BBC, NPR, and Freakonomics.
Yaacov Trope's work on body language was discussed on NPR's Morning Edition.
David Amodio discusses the biology of politics on the eve of the 2012 election on the Nature Podcast.
Professor Gary Marcus is writing a blog on cognitive science for The New Yorker magazine.
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NYU Psychology Awards and Honors
Congratulations to I/O Psychology M.A. student team members Laura Bow, Julia Dranov, Mia Jiminez, Jonathan Shan, and Gilbert Yang for winning the Yale Consulting Case Competition. This award recognizes the team for researching and presenting to a judged panel beating out over 25 teams from other prominent universities.
Congratulations to Eric Knowles who has received a multi-year Russel Sage Foundation award for his project project called A Group Among Many: Investigating the Impact of Changing National Demographics on White Identity and Intergroup Relations.
Congratulations to Laurence T Maloney who was selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2014-2015.
Congratulations to Jim Uleman who has received the 2013 Thomas M. Ostrom Award by the Person Memory Interest Group, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to social cognition.
Congratulations to Liz Phelps who has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society.
Congratulations to Chadly Stern in the West Interpersonal Perception Lab, who has won the 2013 Early Graduate Student Researcher Award. This award, given by the APA Science Student Council, recognizes students for "conducting outstanding research early in their graduate training."
Congratulations to Tessa West who is a recipient of the 2014 SAGE Young Scholars Award. This award, from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology recognizes "outstanding young researchers in personality and social psychology."
Congratulations to David Heeger who has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
More recent awards
fMRI shows persistent brain activity during a delay while the participant tries to remember the spatial position of a visual cue. Clayton Curtis.
Do intimate partners idealize their loved ones globally or only in certain domains? Gwen Seidman and Patrick Shrout.
Motion reveals depth. Jacqueline Snyder, Jeff Mulligan, and Larry Maloney.
How do babies learn what steepness they can crawl down? Karen Adolph.
How do we decide whether the ground is too slippery to walk on? Amy Joh, Karen Adolph, Margot Campbell, and Marion Eppler.
Could a vast number of people communicating by cell phone simulate a brain? Ned Block.
There are a dozen distinct, retinotopically-organized visual areas in the human brain that can be identified routinely in individual subjects. What are the functions of these brain areas and how is the neural activity in each area correlated with conscious visual experience? David Heeger.
Do extra cues to the illuminant in a scene (e.g., shadows, specularities) affect perceived surface roughness judgments? Xian Ho, Mike Landy, and Larry Maloney.
What are the psychological antecedents and consequences of political orientation? John Jost with Chadly Stern and Joanna Sterling.
How does attention affect visual processing? We used a peripheral cue to elicit an involuntary orienting of attention, and separated neural responses to the cues (blue areas) and to the stimuli (green areas) in the visual cortex. We find that attention increases neural activity, more at higher stages of visual processing. Taosheng Liu, Franco Pestilli, Marisa Carrasco, Neuron 2005.
Must vision isolate each object in order to recognize it? Can you identify any letter above without looking directly at it? Denis Pelli.
When combining two cues to target location, how should spatial uncertainty of one cue affect the ideal observer's aim? Hadley Tassinari, Todd Hudson, and Mike Landy.
Two examples of incongruent visual stimuli: a word denoting social proximity, "us," located far from the observer. Because spatial distance is associated with social distance, participants are slower to indicate the location of the arrow and to identify the word on it with incongruent stimuli than with congruent stimuli ["us" located near the observer and "them" located far from the observer] Yaacov Trope.
What are the ideas that make people feel better about inequality in society? John Jost with Hannah Nam and Sharareh Noorbaloochi
Does the brain measure distances according to a warped geometry? Nick Gustafson and Nathaniel Daw
When participants see two different images, each presented to a different eye, the images rival for perceptual dominance. Perceivers consciously experience seeing one image and inhibit conscious experience of the other. This happens within a few hundred milliseconds and outside of perceivers' conscious awareness. We predicted which image would dominate perceivers' conscious perceptual experience by associating one image with financial reward and the other with financial cost. Perceivers saw what they wanted to see--that is, they saw the image associated with reward and inhibited the images associated with cost.
Balcetis, E., Dunning, D., & Granot, Y. (2012). Subjective value determines initial dominance in binocular rivalry. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 122-129.
If you are not 100% sure whether this animal is a cat or a dog, how likely do you think it is to meow? Gregory Murphy's lab investigates how we use categories to reason about uncertain objects and events.
The distribution of local orientations in retinal images has an over-representation of the cardinal orientations (vertical and horizontal) in images of both natural and urban scenes. Do humans estimate orientation in a Bayesian fashion, combining noisy sensory data with knowledge of the distribution of orientations in the world? Ahna Girshick, Michael Landy and Eero Simoncelli
Are color and texture cues inextricably linked in solving the figure-ground problem in visual perception? Toni Saarela and Michael Landy
Is speech a special sound for humans? Athena Vouloumanos's lab examines infants' biases for speech and their understanding of communicative interactions.
What are the neural structures and functions associated with moral and political reasoning? John Jost, Jay Van Bavel, and David Amodio with Hannah Nam and Sharareh Noorbaloochi
How does social group membership shape the way we perceive faces to have minds? Leor Hackel, Christine Looser & Jay Van Bavel
Hackel, L.M., Looser, C.E., & Van Bavel, J. J., (2014). Group membership alters the threshold for mind perception: The role of social identity, collective identification, and intergroup threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 52, 15-23.
2013 NSF Graduate Fellowships
NYU Psychology students continue to have unparalleled success in obtaining prestigious NSF graduate fellowships. This year, six students obtained awards, along with three honorable mentions. Two incoming students also received fellowships. As a typical success rate would be one or two students per year, this is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations to all!
Incoming student awardees
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
2013 APA Early Graduate Student Researcher Award
Stuart W. Cook Award
Martin Braine Fellowship
Friends of Katzell Fellowship
Erin P. Hennes
Douglas and Katharine Fryer Thesis Fellowship
Robert J. Glushko Dissertation Prize in Cognitive Science
GSAS Dean's Dissertation Fellowship
SPSP Graduate Student Poster Award
SocialSci Participant Pool Award to fund part of her dissertation research
SPSP Graduate Student Poster Award Finalist
SPSP Graduate Student Travel Award
Clara Mayo Research Grant from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
SPSP Travel Award
SPSP Graduate Student Research Award
SPSP Graduate Student Poster Award Finalist
Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology Dissertation Research Grant.
Dissertation Research Grant from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology
Zofii Kaczmarek and Carolyn Yao, high school students working in Denis Pelli's lab, are semifinalists for the Intel National Science Search.
GSAS Dean's Dissertation Fellowship Award (2012-2013)
Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship from the Autism Speaks foundation
College of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award
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