Tversky to speak about "The Mind in Motion" in SF on Aug 1

Professor emerita Barbara Tversky will be speaking about her new book, "Mind in Motion: How Action Shapes Thought" at 7 PM on Thursday, August 1 at BookShop West Portal, 80 W Portal Avenue, San Francisco, as part of Wonderfest. This event is free and open to the public, but requires RSVP. To hear more about Tversky's book, listen to her recent interview on the "Science Salon" podcast.
Psychology undergraduates receive thesis honors

Two Psychology undergraduates were recognized for outstanding honors theses with the Firestone Medal for Excellence. Angela Lee, who was advised by Alia Crum (Psychology) and Jeffrey Hancock (Communications), wrote a thesis titled, "Social Media Mindsets: The Impact of Implicit Theories of Social Media Use on Psychological Well-Being." Daniel Tang, who was advised by Brian Knutson (Psychology) and Karl Deisseroth (Bioengineering), wrote a thesis called, "Exploring the Mind-Body Connection: Optical Interrogation of Insular Cortex During Risky Decision-Making in Mice."
Harrison awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Neurocience PhD student Marc Harrison has received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience. This 3-year grant will fund Marc's graduate research as a student in Anthony Wagner's laboratory. Marc's research is on understanding differences in memory in elderly adults using neuroimaging.
In The News
Carstensen's research on children's abstract thought featured in the Wall Street Journal

Dr. Alexandra Carstensen, a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Michael Frank, had her recent publication on the role of culture in shaping how children perceive object relationships featured in a Wall Street Journal column by developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik. The paper, "Context shapes early diversity in abstract thought," was published in July 2019 in PNAS.
Memory and Emotion Journal Club Bridges Research Divide

This summer, graduate students Tyler Bonnen, Marc Harrison, Maia ten Brink, and Jinxiao Zhang and lab manager Ayesha Nadiadwala are leading a cross-disciplinary journal club to understand the contributions of emotion research to memory and vice versa. Each meeting focuses on a paper exemplifying a topic where memory and emotion intersect, such as stress and memory, the role of attention and arousal in memory, the role of memory and emotion in self and goals, temporal dynamics, animal models, complexities of task design and measurement, and sleep's role in memory and emotion. Meeting attendees range from undergraduate research assistants to post-doctoral fellows in more than five labs across different areas of the Psychology department. "Our fields have so much to learn from each other, yet we usually use different vocabularies, tasks, and standards," says Maia, an Affective Science student and one of the journal club leaders. "It's so exciting to meet in the middle. It makes me see my own research and consider my assumptions with fresh eyes."
If you would like to attend, the journal club meets Wednesday at 4 PM in Jordan Hall, Room 358.

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