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Climate Change, War, & Psychology

A team of psychologists led by Stephan Lewandowsky (U Bristol) has organized a special issue on the psychology of conflict and peace in the American Psychologist. The articles in this issue explore the opportunities for psychological science to contribute to conflict reduction or prevention. The first article (Lewandowsky et al.) discusses how climate change the misrepresentation of information about climate change poses serious but tractable risks to peace. Joachim Krueger, Professor in the Department of CLPS, is a co-organizer of the special issue and a co-author of the lead article. You can download the article here.

Prof. Andrea Simmons Awarded International Fellowship

Prof. Andrea Simmons has been awarded the 2013 Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Prof. Rebecca Burwell - Linking Memory & Vision

Brown Alumni Magazine features several high-profile neuroscientists at Brown, including Prof. Rebecca Burwell and her studies on the link between memory and vision, or how what we’ve seen in the past influences what we’re seeing in the present.

Psychology AB & ScB Info Session: Tues. 24 Sept.

An information session will be held for all students interested in the AB or ScB Psychology Concentrations on Tuesday, Sept 24, from 4-5PM, in room 305, Metcalf Research Building (CLPS Department). Students unable to attend the session may contact Jack_Wright@brown.edu (AB Psych Advisor) or Dima_Amso@brown.edu (ScB Psych Advisor) for further information.

NIH Grants Brown $11M for Brain Research

Brown University is launching five research projects on the neuroscience of attention and related disorders, part of a new COBRE Center for Central Nervous System Function. The new center, designed to launch research careers for junior faculty, pairs each junior faculty member with a senior mentor. The Center is funded by a five-year, $11-million federal grant. Prof. Sheila Blumstein will serve as Deputy Director of the center.

In this center, Prof. Dima Amso will study the development of visual selective attention, the process by which the brain focuses on what’s relevant instead of on distractions. She will look at healthy development and how it is disrupted in autism spectrum disorders.

Additionally, Prof. Joo-Hyun Song, will study how multiple neural systems in the brain work together when someone selects one target over distractors such as deciding to pick up a one object vs. another that differs in color. Mentor: Sanes

Read more in the Brown press release.

Psychology AB & ScB Info Session: Wed. 4 Sept.

A information session will be held for all 1st and 2nd-year students interested in the AB or ScB Psychology Concentrations on Wednesday, Sept 4, from 4-5PM, in room 305, Metcalf Redsearch Building (CLPS Department). Students unable to attend the session may contact Jack_Wright@brown.edu (AB Psych Advisor) or Dima_Amso@brown.edu (ScB Psych Advisor) for further information.

New Study Shows Memory Consolidation During Sleep

CLPS researchers Masako Tamaki and Yuka Sasaki have published a new paper that shows the mechanisms for consolidating motor memory while sleeping, versus while awake, are quite different. While it doesn’t demonstrate that one is better than the other, it does provide further evidence that sleep may be necessary for some types of learning.

This paper has received quite of bit of media coverage: