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Prof. Hall speaks at EMPathy Symposium

Professor Judith Hall presented a talk entitled “Empathy and Accuracy in the Clinical Encounter” at the annual EMPathy Symposium at the American Psychological Association on August 8th, 2014. This symposium, on emotion, motivation and personality (hence EMP), was endowed by the late Charles Spielberger to foster exchange and cross-fertilization of ideas between prominent researchers in […]

Prof. Reeves travels to China

Professor Adam Reeves of the Psychology Department recently had the opportunity to visit China and give a talk at Chengdu University. We asked Prof. Reeves to share a little about his travel experience with us. I visited a Life Sciences department in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan province in southwest China. Chengdu University was founded to […]

Professor emeritus receives award

Dr. Harry Mackay, Northeastern University professor emeritus, recently received the Distinguished Career Award of the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The award is given to recognize “outstanding lifetime contributions to the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior.” Dr. William Dube and Dr. […]

Kirsten Johnson receives research grant

Congratulations to Kirsten Johnson, a graduate student in the psychology department’s Personality/Social area, who was recently awarded a grant from The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology!  The grant supports research in peace psychology, development of peace psychology education programs, or community projects involving the application of peace psychology. Half of […]

Professor Charles Karis, 1932-2014

We are sad to announce the passing of a very dear friend and former faculty of the psychology department. Charlie Karis, retired professor emeritus, passed away on June 7, 2014 at his home in Peabody, MA. For information about the funeral and visitation hours, please click here.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

On Thursday, May 1, the Psychology Department held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2014! We were fortunate to have a number of excellent speakers at our ceremony, including Emily K. Korzec, who gave the Senior Address, and Vanessa L. Castro, Class of 2009, who gave the Invited Address. In addition to distributing certificates […]

Psychology Students win RISE Awards

A number of psychology students recently presented their work at the Northeastern University third annual RISE expo, and two of their projects won awards. RISE, Northeastern’s Research Innovation and Scholarship Expo, which serves as an example of the University’s commitment to use-inspired research and solution-focused innovation, provides students and faculty members with a yearly opportunity to showcase their […]

Prof. Berent in News@Northeastern

Psychology Department Professor Iris Berent was featured in a recent edition of News@Northeastern, the University’s daily newsletter. The piece highlights Prof. Berent’s recently published paper in the journal PLOS ONE, in which she discusses the question of whether language rules are biologically hardwired into the brain. To read more, click here.

Mollie Ruben wins Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to Mollie Ruben, a fifth-year graduate student in our Social/Personality area, who was recently honored with the University’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The Outstanding Graduate Student Awards are presented annually by the Graduate and Student Government and the Office of the Provost, to honor exceptional students for their significant contributions and accomplishments in teaching, research, […]

Prof. DeSteno in News@Northeastern

Psychology Department Professor Dave DeSteno was featured in a recent edition of News@Northeastern, the University’s daily newsletter. The piece highlights Prof. DeSteno’s upcoming paper in the journal Psychological Science, in which he challenges some of our most deeply-held beliefs about how patience works. To read more, click here.

Prof. Eskew receives grant from NSF

Congratulations to Professor Rhea Eskew, who recently received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Perception, Action and Cognition Program. This grant will support a project entitled “Understanding Higher Order Color: Beyond the Cardinal Mechanisms.” Prof. Eskew describes the project as follows: Color offers a unique opportunity for understanding the brain mechanisms of perception, […]

Third Annual Graduate Student Symposium

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, the graduate students in the Department of Psychology will be hosting the third annual Symposium for Boston-Area Graduate Students in Psychology.The purpose of this event is to gather together graduate students in psychology from around the greater Boston area, to talk about research, exchange ideas, and build networks. This year, […]

Isha Vicaria joins APAGS Science Committee

Congratulations to Isha Vicaria, a second-year psychology graduate student, who was recently selected to join the Science Committee within the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). With over 30,000 members, APAGS is the largest organization of graduate students in psychology worldwide. The members of various committees participate in advocacy and outreach efforts aimed at […]

Psychobiology Field Trip

This past Summer I semester, students in Professor Mark Prokosch’s Seminar in Psychobiology took an exciting trip–to the zoo! In conjunction with their work on animal behavior towards the beginning of the semester, the students were able to conduct some informal research at the zoo regarding adaptation and ecology. This is the second time Prof. […]

Former graduate student featured in APS Observer

Over the past several months, the Observer, the newsletter of the Association for Psychological Science, has featured an ongoing series profiling young luminaries in the field of psychological science. We are excited to announce that the most recent installment in this series included a profile of Piercarlo Valdesolo, a former graduate student in Prof. David Desteno’s Social […]

Prof. Barrett receives University’s highest honor

Congratulations to Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett, who was recently appointed University Distinguished Professor, and was recognized at this year’s Academic Honors Convocation. Prof. Barrett also spoke at the event, reflecting on her own educational journey and on the dynamic nature of modern psychology. The Academic Honors Convocation was covered by News @ Northeastern; click here […]

Professor Berent speaks at Oxford!

Congratulations to Prof. Iris Berent, who gave an invited talk at the University of Oxford earlier this month! Professor Berent’s talk, entitled “What is impaired: Phonology or phonetics?”, was given as part of the third Oxford-Kobe Symposium, an event focused on the neurobiology and treatment of dyslexia. Prof. Berent’s research, which was featured earlier this […]

Undergraduate Students Present at RISE!

Congratulations to our undergraduate psychology students who presented their research projects at RISE this year! RISE, which stands for Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo, is put on each year by the University’s Center for Research Innovation, to showcase the breadth and depth of innovative thinking at Northeastern. It is open to the full Northeastern community, […]

Faculty Members in News@Northeastern

Two of our Psychology Department faculty members, Prof. Dave DeSteno and Prof. Iris Berent, were featured last week on News@Northeastern! On Tuesday, April 3, News @ Northeastern ran an article about Prof. DeSteno’s research into meditation and its social implications, with particular emphasis on its impact on compassion, as demonstrated by a study run by […]

2013 Master’s Convention

Congratulations to our second-year graduate students, who presented their Master’s theses at the Department’s annual Master’s Convention, this Friday, March 22nd! The following are the titles of the papers that were presented this year, along with their abstracts: Does Displaying Visual Information in Depth Improve Iconic Memory?, Quan Lei Adolescent anabolic steroids: Exposure, withdrawal, and […]

Mollie Ruben receives SPSP Travel Grant

Last month, members of our department’s Personality and Social area group traveled to New Orleans to attend the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Mollie Ruben, one of our graduate students working under Professor Judith Hall, was chosen as a recipient of SPSP’s Diversity Fund Travel Award, which helped to […]

Prof. DeSteno on the Katie Couric Show!

Professor David DeSteno was featured on Friday’s Katie Couric Show, in a segment on why people cheat, in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal. Congratulations, Prof. DeSteno!

Prof. Berent’s upcoming book!

The department is happy to announce that our own Professor Iris Berent is set to release a new book, “The Phonological Mind,” published by Cambridge University Press. Prof. Berent’s book, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of phonology, has already received a number of impressive reviews, and will be available for purchase starting […]

Prof. Barrett in the Financial Times!

Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett was featured in an article in the Financial Times this week! The article, entitled “Cerebral Circuitry,” discusses the possibility that gadgets are changing the way our brains work, particularly with regard to emotions and human interactions. To read the article, click here.

Prof. Coley’s research featured on InSolution!

InSolution, Northeastern University’s research blog, has recently published a post about our own Professor John Coley’s research on the importance of early interaction with nature, including his article published in Child Development, entitled “Where the Wild Things Are: Informal Experience and Ecological Reasoning.” (more…)

Prof. Barrett’s Haunted House Featured in Science!

For the past eight years, inspired by her daughter Sophia, Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has put on the ultimate haunted house to raise money for a local food bank. This October, her haunted house was featured in Science magazine! To learn more about the haunted house, visit its website!

Thanks to Gwyneth Buell for 33 years of service!

Gwyn Buell, our much beloved Psychology Department secretary, retired at the end of September, after 33 invaluable years of service. We’re sad to see her go, but incredibly grateful for her contributions to the department over the past three plus decades! This week, a special luncheon was held in her honor. See below for pictures […]

Dr. Neal Pearlmutter named Director of Linguistics Program

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Neal Pearlmutter has been appointed Director of the Linguistics Program, starting Fall 2012. Professor Pearlmutter is a member of the Cognition Area in the Department of Psychology and currently serves as advisor for Combined Majors in Computer Science, Information Science, ASL, and Linguistics. For more information about the […]

2012 Master’s Convention

Congratulations to the second year Psychology Graduate Students for successfully completing their Masters’ presentations! Each student presented a talk on their current research to department faculty, fellow graduate students and guests. Great job everyone! To read the abstracts of each graduate student presenter, click on the name below. Eric Anderson Leah Dickens Jeff Nador Devin […]

First Annual Graduate Student Symposium

On Wednesday, May 2, the Department of Psychology hosted the first annual Symposium for Boston-Area Graduate Students in Psychology. Graduate students in psychology, cognitive science, and related fields met to discuss their research at a poster session in the Curry Center Ballroom. There was a great turnout, with more than 60 students from Northeastern, Boston […]

Professor Petrov Develops “Star Trek” Illusion

Dr. Yury Petrov and graduate student Jiehui Qian were featured on the website NewScientist. They created a new visual illusion, called the Star Trek illusion, in which white dots and their shadows appear to change in contrast, grow and shrink in size and vary in depth. However, none of these actions are actually happening. Instead, […]

Symposium: The Human Capacity for Language: Nature, Origins and Use

The Department of Psychology and the College of Science were pleased to co-sponsor “The Human Capacity for Language: Nature, Origins and Use,” an interdisciplinary symposium. Organized by Dr. Iris Berent, the symposium featured internationally-renowned scholars Simon Fisher, Steven Pinker, and Albert Galaburda.

Dr. DeSteno featured at “Science on Screen” Program

Dr. David DeSteno spoke at the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s “Science on Screen” program on Monday, February 20th . He discussed the science behind surprising shifts in human morality prior to the screening of Woody Allen’s 1989 comedy-drama Crimes and Misdemeanors. For more information about the his “Science on Screen” talk, click here.

Harlan Lane Receives George Veditz Award

The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Psychology congratulate Dr. Harlan Lane, Matthews Distinguished University Professor, on receiving the George Veditz Award. This much deserved award was presented by the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf  to recognize Dr. Lane’s “long-time commitment to preserving ASL by educating others, increasing awareness of Deaf culture nationally […]

Psychology Majors Fight Mental Health Stigma in Middle East

Alaa and Dalal Alhomaizi, twin sisters from Kuwait created SPEAK, an organization whose mission is to overcome the stigma attached to mental illness in the Middle East. The Psychology majors were interviewed by Northeastern News, read the article here.

Graduate Student Xu Zhao presents poster at BU Conference

Congratulations to graduate student Xu Zhao who presented a poster at Boston University’s 36th annual Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 36). Her topic was “Are markedness constraints universal? Evidence from Mandarin Chinese speakers.” Xu is a graduate student in the department’s Phonology and Reading Lab, directed by Dr. Iris Berent. Xu’s area of research focuses […]

PRISM Connections with Psychology

PRISM is a program funded by the National Science Foundation to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors at Northeastern University. The Department of Psychology is actively involved in PRISM’s mission. In the fall, Distinguished Professor of Psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett presented a talk through PRISM titled “Understanding the Nature […]

First Ever College of Science Colloquium featured Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett

The College of Science kicked off their Colloquium series with a talk by Distinguished Professor of Psychology Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory (IASL). Dr. Barrett presented a talk entitled “How the Brain Creates the Mind.” The talk took place at the Raytheon Amphitheater on November 17th.

Dr. David DeSteno on Factors that Influence Interpersonal Judgments

Recently featured in the Boston Globe, Dr. David DeSteno, Associate Professor of Psychology, describes the psychological factors that can warp our judgments of other people. Click here to read the entire article.

Iris Berent featured on Northeastern’s YouTube Channel

Iris Berent, Professor of Psychology, was recently featured on Northeastern University’s YouTube channel. Click here and watch Professor Berent describe how people identify sounds as speech.

Lisa Barrett invited to speak at PRISM

Lisa Feldman Barrett, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, will be speaking at PRISM, an interdisciplinary program to promote interest in Mathematics, Physics, Biology and the sciences among college and high-school students. Professor Barrett’s talk, entitled “Understanding the Nature of Emotion” is scheduled for Friday, September 30th at 12:00pm, in 210 SH. For more information about PRISM, click here.

Seeking Candidates for Behavioral Neuroscience Position

The Psychology Department has a tenure-track position available in the area of behavioral neuroscience. For details on the position, please click here.

Professor Colvin discusses Coping with Crises

Randy Colvin, Associate Professor of Psychology, assesses the psychological impact of man-made and natural disasters. Read the article here.

College of Science Co-op Expo Event

The first College of Science Co-op Expo is scheduled for October 6, 2011, from 2-5 pm in the Curry Student Center Ballroom. This event will provide COS students with an opportunity to share what they have learned on their Co-op with faculty, administrators, and COS freshmen who have been invited to the event. Students in […]

Faculty and Students Participate in the Social Psychology Summer Institute

Professor Judy Hall spent two weeks in Princeton, New Jersey as a faculty member in the Social Psychology Summer Institute, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Princeton University. This two-week intensive set of courses attracts outstanding graduate students from around the country (and the world) to immerse themselves in current topics of interest to […]

Dr. Emily Fox-Kales releases “Body Shots”

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Fox-Kales on the publication of her new book about Hollywood celebrities and the culture of eating disorders titled, “Body Shots.” Dr. Fox-Kales discusses how body conscious and weight-obsessed celebrities are dangerous role models for young moviegoers. For over thirty years, Dr. Fox-Kales has helped people who suffer from body image disturbances as a clinical psychologist […]

3Q’s Judgment impaired by emotion

Jolie Baumann, doctoral candidate in social psychology, was recently interviewed by the Northeastern News about her research demonstrating the influence of emotion states on threat detection. To read Jolie’s comments and learn more about her interesting research, click here.

“Out of Character” by Dr. David DeSteno

Dr. David DeSteno’s new book explores virtue and vice, and provides a new perspective on “character.” The book is titled, ”Out of Character: Surprising Truths About the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (and Saint) Lurking in All of Us” and should be on everyone’s reading list.  Dr. DeSteno is associate professor of psychology and director of the Social […]

Students Headed to Graduate School

Congratulations Class of 2011! We are proud of your achievements. Many of our talented students are headed to graduate school. Here is a partial list of our recent graduates and the programs they will be attending in the fall. Best wishes to the Class of 2011!

Psychology Department members honored at 2011 Convocation Ceremony

Several members of the Psychology department were recently honored at the 2011 Convocation Ceremony. Psychology Professor Judith Hall, pictured above, was awarded the honor of University Professor. Recognition as a University Professor is one of the highest honors the university can bestow on a faculty member at Northeastern. Dr. Hall was one of three faculty […]

Dr. Judy Hall named a University Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Judy Hall who was recently named a University Professor! Recognition as a University Professor is one of the highest honors the university can bestow on a faculty member at Northeastern. This is a major accomplishment and a great honor – congratulations Professor Hall!

Outstanding Graduate Student Research

Congratulations to Jolie Baumann, on being the chosen recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award in Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences. Jolie is a third year graduate student, working toward a Ph.D in Social Psychology with Professor Dave DeSteno. This is one of six university-wide graduate awards for research, teaching, and community service presented […]

Dr. Lane coauthored book on Deaf Culture

Harlan Lane, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, has coauthored a new book on Deaf Culture, “The People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry.” One of the founders of Northeastern’s ASL program, Lane highlights that sign-language users have many of the characteristics of a distinct ethnic group. Click here for the full article.

3Qs: The side effects of sudden fame

Randy Colvin, Associate Professor of Psychology at Northeastern, assesses how overnight fame, mega success and good fortune affect behavior. Read the article here.

Amygdala Related to Adult Social Behavior

Lisa Feldman Barrett, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and colleagues evaluated the brain structures of 58 participants using MRI scans. Results indicated that amygdala volume was positively correlated with participants’ reports of the size and complexity of their social networks. Click for more details.

Angry People See Guns

Congratulations to graduate student Jolie Baumann and her advisor David DeSteno. Their research on emotion and threat detection was highlighted in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Participants induced to feel anger, compared to participants induced to feel a different emotion, were more likely to misidentify neutral objects, such as a wallet or […]

Research Duo Make Presence Known at International Conference

Congratulations to Professor Judith Hall and Doctoral Student Danielle Blanch-Hartigan of the Psychology Department for their significant contributions to the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare held in Verona, Italy. Professor Hall presented a keynote address entitled “Clinicians’ Accuracy in Perceiving Patients: Toward an Integrative Approach to Communication Skill.” Danielle Blanch-Hartigan chaired a symposium entitled […]

Farewell Friend

Michelle Israel, who guided hundreds of psychology students through successful Cooperative Education experiences, is leaving the Psychology Department to take on her next challenge as Head Co-op advisor for Behavioral Neuroscience. Faculty and staff will miss seeing you and your beautiful office. Students will miss your humor, guidance, and caring. We wish you much success […]

Psychology to Hire Two Assistant Professors

The Psychology Department is pleased to invite applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level in the emerging field of affective science. We seek a social psychologist whose research is at the intersection of emotion and social psychology. We also seek a behavioral neuroscientist whose research focuses on the mechanisms underlying affective and […]

Psychology Joins the College of Science

On July 1, 2010 the Department of Psychology joined the College of Science. Founding Dean J. Murray Gibson will guide the new college. For more information visit the College of Science website.

Dr. David DeSteno Named Editor of Emotion

Congratulations to Dr. David DeSteno for being selected Editor of Emotion, the prestigious journal published by the American Psychological Association. Professor DeSteno will start accepting manuscripts in 2011 as incoming editor and take the helm as Editor in 2012. We wish Dave the very best.

Causal Reasoning and Hindsight Bias

Congratulations to Jennelle Yopchick and her advisor Nancy Kim for receiving “The Society for Personality and Social Psychology Best Poster Award for 2010” titled “Causal Reasoning and Hindsight Bias.” This is quite an honor. Jennelle’s poster was one of seven that received the “Best” honor from over 2,000 posters presented at the annual conference held […]

Outstanding Graduate Researcher Recipient

Congratulations to Danielle Blanch, pictured with Vice Provost Luis Falcon. Danielle was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Research in the Humanities, Social, and Behavioral Sciences. This is one of six university-wide graduate awards for research, teaching, and community service presented annually by the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) and the Office of […]

Dr. Judith Hall Receives Stemmler Award

Dr. Judith Hall and Dr. Amy Ship of Harvard Medical School have received the prestigious Stemmler Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners. The two-year award is to conduct innovative research designed to contribute to the health of the public through state of the art assessment of health professionals. Drs. Hall and Ship will […]