NYU Psychology in the News
Peter Gollwitzer's work with Heinz Heckhausen that developed the “Rubicon Model of Action Phases” is discussed in The Atlantic as a means of understanding mission creep.
Research by Pascal Wallisch on #thedress was featured in various media outlets, including the New York Post, Buzzfeed, and the Daily Mail.
Andrei Cimpian and philosopher Sarah-Jane Leslie describe recent research on the emergence and influence of gender stereotypes on young girls' interests in the New York Times.
Research by Joe LeDoux and John Jost was described in a Rolling Stone article on fear and its implications for political psychology and the 2016 Presidential campaign
BBC Earth features Athena Vouloumanos' research on how young infants respond to human speech and different languages.
John Jost's research on resistance to change and system justification motivation was featured in a Washington Post article on the Paris agreement about climate change.
The Poeppel Lab's research on how the brain responds to the unique properties of the human scream has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, Slate, and the BBC.
Susan Andersen’s research testing the concept of transference in the lab was featured in NYT Magazine, highlighting recent neuroimaging work.
Karen Adolph and the Infant Action Lab's significant research on infants' fear of heights featured on NPR's Science Friday.
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NYU Psychology Awards and Honors
Congratulations to Jon Freeman who has been awarded the 2017 Early Career Award of the Society for Social Neuroscience. Recipients' work is considered to "embody the future of social neuroscience through their cutting edge ideas and novel research."
Congratulations to Catherine Hartley who has received a 2017 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience.
Congratulations to Marjorie Rhodes who will receive a 2017 Scholar Award in Understanding Human Cognition from the James S. McDonnell Foundation.
Congratulations to Madeline Heilman, who is a 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University's Teachers College.
Congratulations to Susan Andersen who received one twelve of NYU's Golden Dozen Awards for outstanding contribution to learning in the classroom.
Congratulations to Pascal Wallisch who received one twelve of NYU's Golden Dozen Awards for outstanding contribution to learning in the classroom.
Congratulations to Jon Freeman who received the International Social Cognition Network's Early Career Award. In announcing his award Professor Freeman's work was described as "transforming our understanding of social perception and intergroup bias."
Congratulations to Marjorie Rhodes who has received the Boyd McCandless Award, which recognizes a scientist who has made a distinguished theoretical contribution to developmental psychology, has conducted programmatic research of distinction, or has made a distinguished contribution to the dissemination of developmental science.
The award is for continued efforts rather than a single outstanding work.
Congratulations to Todd Gureckis who has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers by the Obama Administration. Recipients of the award, established by President Clinton in 1996, are recognized for their "pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach."
The Nieman Foundation named "Tweeting from Left to Right," an article in Psychological Science by Pablo Barberá, John Jost, Jonathan Nagler, Joshua Tucker, and Richard Bonneau of NYU's Social Media and Political Participation laboratory, one of their top 10 papers for 2015 in digital news and social media research.
Congratulations to Ted Coons who will receive an honorary degree from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts at its annual commencement ceremony in recognition of his research and as a pioneer in neuro-aesthetics.
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 Joanna Sterling, Melanie Langer, and Ruthie Pliskin.
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 motivates people who are advantaged and disadvantaged by the status quo to maintain it? John Jost with Vivienne Badaan and Susanna Stone
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, with Hannah Nam.
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.
Society for the Neurobiology of Language Merit Award
Martin Braine Fellowship
Stuart Cook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Psychology
Coons/Leibowitz Graduate Student Teaching Award
Ted Coons Graduate Student Travel Award
Douglas and Katharine Fryer Fellowship for Best Dissertation
Yi (Jenny) Xiao
Friends of Katzell Summer Research Fellowship
Katzell Fellowship in Psychology
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award
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