Department of Psychology News

Department of Psychology News

  • Prof. Nicole Allen receives new grant.
    12/7/2018
    We are delighted to announce that Prof. Nicole Allen has received a grant from the Champaign County Mental Health Board. The project title is "A Proposal to Build Evaluation Capacity for Programs." The total cost of the projectl is $53,334. The aim of this effort is to build evaluation capacity for programs funded by the CCMHB. Congratulations!
  • Prof. Kara Federmeier received new NIH grant
    12/7/2018
    We are delighted to announce that Prof. Kara Federmeier has received grant 2R01AG026308 from the National Institute of Aging. The project title is "Hemispheric differences in memory and language". The total cost of the project is $1,662,824.00. Narrative:Language comprehension is a crucial component of human life, and a reduction in language capabilities, as a function of advancing age or with brain damage as from a left hemisphere stroke, has important personal and societal costs. The proposed research examines language comprehension differences across the two cerebral hemispheres and as a function of age in order to understand what factors characterize and promote effective language processing, not only for immediate comprehension but for the longer-term retention of verbal material. The long-term goal is to uncover ways to protect against or compensate for age-, trauma-, or disease-related reductions in the ability to comprehend and remember language. Congratulations!
  • Prof. Joshua Gulley and Prof. Nu-Chu Liang receive new NIH grant
    12/7/2018
    We are delighted to announce that Prof. Joshua Gulley and Prof. Nu-Chu Liang have received grant R21 DA045175 from the National Institute of Drug Abuse. The project title is "Mechanisms of metabolic and cognitive dysregulation after combined alcohol and THC use". The total cost of the project is $413,385.00. Alcohol and cannabis are among the most commonly abused drugs and they are often used together, especially by adolescents. This project uses a rat model to investigate how adolescent co-use of alcohol and Ä9-tetrahydrocannibinol, the main psychoactive drug in cannabis, causes dysregulation of metabolic and cognitive function. Congratulations!
  • Prof. Heidemarie Laurent receives new NIH grant
    12/7/2018
    We are delighted to announce that Prof. Heidemarie Laurent has received grant R01HD093627 from the National Institute of Health. The project title is "Maternal Depression Calibrates Infant's Neuroendocrine, Autonomic, and Inflammatory Stress Responsiveness." The total cost of the project is $2,464,596.00. The purpose of this study is to determine how mothers depression calibrates their babies biological sensitivity to stress over time, and how this calibration translates into child emotional and behavioral problems. This will help to identify the roots of stress-related disorder and suggest targets for early intervention to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of stress-related health problems. Congratulations!
  • Prof. Jessica Montag receives three new grants.
    12/7/2018
    We are delighted to announce that Prof. Jessica Montag has received three grants. (1) NSF grant1749594 is titled "Picture book reading: Investigating a key source of linguistic input for early language development", total cost of $427,933.00. (2) Grant 220020550 from the McDonnell Foundationis titled "Understanding early language environments: Analytic techniques and outcome predictions", total cost of $600,000.00. (3) National Institutes of Health Grant R03HD096157, titled "Measurement and analysis of early language environments", total cost of $158,600.00. All projects concern laguage development. Congratulations!