DATA News: March 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 9:45am

Awards and Accomplishments

Professor Traci Mann spoke with Today on why your diet fails you, which can be found here.

Professor Jeffry Simpson's research on the impact of early life experiences on adult physical health was covered here in Scientia, which features cutting-edge research in science.

Associate Professor Mark Thomas was featured in the U of M Brief highlighting his work on finding a neural “switch” that can turn off relapse behavior. You may find the article here.


Congratulations to our recent Department of Psychology Ph. D graduates!

Ansam El Skaikh
Area: BP
Advisor: Angus MacDonald
Dissertation: Cognitive/Neural Compensatory Mechanisms in Schizophrenia: Reaction Times-Brain Activity Correlates


Professor Andrew Oxenham has been awarded a 5-year $1.6M grant to study pitch perception in people with normal hearing and cochlear implants. Pitch is crucial for music but also plays a major role in understanding speech, particularly in noisy backgrounds.  Understanding more about pitch coding and perception should improve our ability to transmit pitch information via devices such as cochlear implants.

Research Associate Professor Magdalena Wojtczak has been awarded a 5-year $1.2M grant from NIH to study cochlear synaptopathy. This condition, referred to as "hidden hearing loss" because it cannot be detected with today's clinical tests, has been identified in animals who were exposed to high noise levels. The new research will develop clinical tests to diagnose the condition in humans and will explore how it affects everyday hearing, along with its relationship to tinnitus. Hearing loss with age and tinnitus are both major health problems in the US.

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the annual recognition celebration for psychology undergraduate students, which will be held Friday, May 5th, 2017. This annual event recognizes our outstanding undergraduate achievements and graduating seniors. The event will be held from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union. Please forward any questions to Mike Houlahan, Faculty and Staff, please RSVP via our web form here.

Thank you for your support of our undergraduate students!