Psychological and Brain Sciences - UMASS Amherst

Psychological and Brain Sciences - UMASS Amherst Psychology at UMass is the theoretical and applied study of the biological, cognitive, developmental, and social bases of behavior. We take pride in our teaching and clinical training, our research, and our services to the community.

Mental Health Resources and Resources for Standing in Solidarity - UMass Amherst Diversity, Equity, and Inclusionhttps:/...
06/03/2020
Mental Health Resources and Resources for Standing in Solidarity | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mental Health Resources and Resources for Standing in Solidarity - UMass Amherst Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
https://www.umass.edu/diversity/resources/mental-health-resources-and-resources-standing-solidarity

On Campus Resources for Care Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) CPPH is staffed by licensed mental health providers and available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention services and assessment. CPPH offers a number of psychological and mental health consulting services, inc...

Hanne Watkins (former postdoc in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program) and faculty member Bernhard Leidner have ...
06/01/2020
The Psychological Effects of Memorial Day and Other Military Commemorations | SPSP

Hanne Watkins (former postdoc in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program) and faculty member Bernhard Leidner have written an article for the SPSP blog, Character & Context, on the psychological effects of military commemorations such as Memorial Day or Independence Day. Read full article: https://www.spsp.org/news-center/blog/watkins-psychological-effects-memorial-day

Before dawn on April 25, I was standing in the driveway of my sister’s house, on the southeast coast of Australia, with my sister and her husband. The neighbours were out too, standing in their own driveway, and down the road we could see other households as well, marked in the dark by the lone ca...

Update from the UMass Amherst Psychological Services Center: The PSC has been conducting tele-therapy for existing clien...
05/29/2020

Update from the UMass Amherst Psychological Services Center: The PSC has been conducting tele-therapy for existing clients since campus closed in March. Beginning June 1, the PSC will begin to conduct new phone screens for potential new clients. Student therapists will schedule Zoom therapy appointments during regular PSC hours. Our Adult therapy team, Child/Adolescent team, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Team, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) team will all open to new clients as space in student therapists' schedules allow.

The PSC is a training clinic for clinical psychology graduate students overseen by faculty supervisors of the program. Learn more about the PSC: https://www.umass.edu/psc/

Quinnehtukqut McLamore, a fourth-year student in the Psychology of Peace and Violence concentration of the Social Psycho...
05/27/2020

Quinnehtukqut McLamore, a fourth-year student in the Psychology of Peace and Violence concentration of the Social Psychology program working with Dr. Bernhard Leidner, was awarded the fifth annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award! Their project, Challenge and Threat Framings of COVID-19 Messaging and Downstream Consequences, will investigate how messaging about the coronavirus affects how the stressor of the pandemic is processed, and downstream effects on both compliance with precautionary measures (e.g., social distancing) and xenophobia toward Asians and Asian Americans.

05/22/2020
Institute of Diversity Sciences: Advancing Equity through through STEM Research

Does teaching statistics visually improve learning for students of diverse abilities? Watch this video to see how PBS's Jeff Starns, Andrew Cohen, and John Vargas are tackling this question with funding from the Institute of Diversity Sciences.
Learn more about this project here:
https://www.umass.edu/diversitysciences/seed-grants/reforming-math-education-improve-stem-success-diverse-students
#MeetMeInTobin #UMassPBS

This is "Institute of Diversity Sciences: Advancing Equity through through STEM Research" by CNS UMass on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the…

Introduction to Human Neuropsychology (PSYCH 491N, Summer Session 2)This course is designed to introduce you to the scie...
05/21/2020

Introduction to Human Neuropsychology (PSYCH 491N, Summer Session 2)

This course is designed to introduce you to the science and clinical practice of human neuropsychology - the study of brain-behavior relationships. We will explore the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie human behavior, as well as fascinating advances in the field—including innovations in neuroimaging—that make the study of the brain possible! Learn how clinicians use what is known about brain-behavior relationships to diagnose and treat many neurological and psychological disorders.

This course is offered online through University Without Walls in Summer Session 2, July 6th - August 14th.

For more information and to enroll: https://www.umass.edu/online/class/summer-2020/54616/seminar-introduction-human-neuropsychology

Join us Thursday, May 28th at 11am EST for our second expert panel, "Ensuring the Success of Diverse Groups in STEM."Nil...
05/21/2020

Join us Thursday, May 28th at 11am EST for our second expert panel, "Ensuring the Success of Diverse Groups in STEM."

Nilanjana Dasgupta, professor of psychology and the inaugural director of the Institute of Diversity Sciences at UMass Amherst, will discuss her decade long research program and offer evidence-based solutions to increase the success of diverse groups in STEM education and careers. Q&A to follow!

Registration is required to obtain a link, which can be done through the link below:
https://umass.science/successinstem

#research #diversity #psychology #sciences #inclusion #science #stem #stemeducation #womeninstem #womenintech #diversityandinclusion #inclusiveleadership #stemlearning #equality #diversitymatters #genderequality #inclusionmatters #womenleaders #belonging #diversityequityinclusion #diversityinclusion

Did you miss our first virtual panel yesterday? You're in luck! We have another one coming your way—

Join us Thursday, May 28th at 11am EST for our second expert panel, "Ensuring the Success of Diverse Groups in STEM."

Nilanjana Dasgupta, professor of psychology and the inaugural director of the Institute of Diversity Sciences at UMass Amherst, will discuss her decade long research program and offer evidence-based solutions to increase the success of diverse groups in STEM education and careers. Q&A to follow!

Registration is required to obtain a link, which can be done through the link below:
https://umass.science/successinstem

#research #diversity #psychology #sciences #inclusion #science #stem #stemeducation #womeninstem #womenintech #diversityandinclusion #inclusiveleadership #stemlearning #equality #diversitymatters #genderequality #inclusionmatters #womenleaders #belonging #diversityequityinclusion #diversityinclusion

Another great summer course! Emotion Dysregulation across Psychopathology, PSYCH 391ED - 01, Summer Session 2 (July 6 - ...
05/20/2020

Another great summer course! Emotion Dysregulation across Psychopathology, PSYCH 391ED - 01, Summer Session 2 (July 6 - August 14). This course will review current research related to the role of emotions, emotion regulation, and dysfunction in these processes within psychopathology. Specifically, the following topics will be reviewed: definitions and models of emotion and emotion regulation, the association between emotion dysregulation and various psychological disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder), and the role of emotion dysregulation in evidence-based psychological interventions for these disorders.
Learn more and register: https://www.umass.edu/online/class/summer-2020/54613/seminar-emotion-dysregulation-across-psychopathology

Are you interested in learning about social, cognitive, and emotional development? Or learn how to use developmental psy...
05/15/2020

Are you interested in learning about social, cognitive, and emotional development? Or learn how to use developmental psychology in your career? Take Developmental Psychology online this summer! This is a 6-week, 3-credit course (July 6 - August 14) taught by Jasmine Dixon.
Learn more and register:
https://www.umass.edu/online/class/summer-2020/54513/developmental-psychology

Catch up with the latest PBS news in our Spring 2020 Newsletter, including spotlights on our talented students, faculty,...
05/14/2020

Catch up with the latest PBS news in our Spring 2020 Newsletter, including spotlights on our talented students, faculty, and alumni! https://www.umass.edu/pbs/about/newsletters/spring-2020-newsletter

Features include:
- PBS holds Virtual Graduation Celebration
- Emotions and patient care in the ER
- Investigating how estrogens in the brain affect auditory learning
- Alumni Profile: Courtney Keeton ‘05PhD, Clinical Psychologist
- Psychology Major Senior Awards
- Tweet Blitz: Undergraduate Theses

#UMassPBS #MeetMeInTobin #UMass2020 #UMassTogether #UMassCNS #CNSCelebrates
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Want to learn about what happens when we age?Interested in how cognition, emotion, and personality changes across the li...
05/14/2020

Want to learn about what happens when we age?
Interested in how cognition, emotion, and personality changes across the lifespan?
Enroll in PSYCH 365: Psychology of Aging.
This course is offered online through University Without Walls in Summer Session 2.
July 6th – August 14th
Learn more and register:
https://www.umass.edu/online/class/summer-2020/54745/psychology-aging

05/08/2020
Psychological & Brain Sciences Student Speaker- Nicole Boyson

Our CNS Student Speaker - Nicole Boyson! #UMassPBS #MeetMeInTobin #CNSCelebrates #UMass2020 #UMassTogether

This is "Psychological & Brain Sciences Student Speaker- Nicole Boyson" by CNS UMass on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who…

CONGRATULATIONS PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATES!!  Today we have launched our Psychological & Brain Science’s virtual graduation ce...
05/08/2020

CONGRATULATIONS PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATES!! Today we have launched our Psychological & Brain Science’s virtual graduation celebration for the Class of 2020! Please visit https://www.umass.edu/pbs/news/2020-remote-graduation-celebration to view special video messages from Department Chair Caren Rotello and our faculty, as well as celebratory photos and videos submitted by students, faculty, families, and friends.

Students, we thank you for all you have endured this semester and hope to celebrate with you soon in-person. May your future be bright and prosperous!

All the Best,
The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Another great class available this summer! Junior Year Writing (Summer II, 2020)--(PSYCH 392A-02(54197): Online Summer C...
05/07/2020

Another great class available this summer!
Junior Year Writing (Summer II, 2020)--(PSYCH 392A-02
(54197): Online Summer Course (Dates: July 6th-August 14th)

In this short, fast-paced online course, you will develop your writing skills as someone with expertise in psychology. Broadly, the course focuses on learning how to write for different audiences using both academic and non-academic forms of writing. By the end of this course, you should have more confidence both communicating scientific writing to a general audience, and in writing effective academic arguments based on scientific findings. In addition, you will also develop valuable editing skills as a peer reviewer for others’ papers.
Register here:
https://www.umass.edu/online/class/summer-2020/54197/s-junior-year-writing

Congratulations UMass Amherst Psychology Graduates!Check out the start of our PBS Virtual Photo Booth Gallery!Seniors, c...
05/06/2020
PBS Graduation Celebration 2020

Congratulations UMass Amherst Psychology Graduates!
Check out the start of our PBS Virtual Photo Booth Gallery!
Seniors, check your email for a special invite to the booth.
Have fun and seniors, we look forward to seeing your photos!!
Share your graduation pics with: #UMassPBS #MeetMeInTobin #UMass2020 #UMassTogether
https://thesnapbar.com/events/pbs-graduation-celebration-2020

A SnapBar Photo Booth in Seattle for PBS Graduation Celebration 2020 on April 29 2020

Are you interested in learning how and why people do what they do? Want to get a jump-start on the Fall semester while w...
05/05/2020

Are you interested in learning how and why people do what they do? Want to get a jump-start on the Fall semester while we're all at home? Take 'Introduction to Psychology' online this summer! This is a 6-week, 4-credit course (May 18 - June 26) that lays the foundation for future studies in psychology!
https://www.umass.edu/online/class/summer-2020/54066/introductory-psychology

An important resource for researchers seeking to share their work with journalists, policymakers, practitioners, advocat...
05/01/2020
Directors of UMass Amherst Public Engagement Project Explain How Scholars Can Better Share Research with Non-Academic Audiences

An important resource for researchers seeking to share their work with journalists, policymakers, practitioners, advocates & other non-academic audiences. By Linda Tropp of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Public Engagement Project, UMass colleagues Amy Schalet of UMass Amherst Sociology and Lisa Troy of UMass Amherst Department of Nutrition.

With the United States and the world facing an unprecedented health and financial crisis due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and with universities scrambling with budget shortfalls, the past and present directors of the UMass Amherst Public Engagement Project say that there has never been a more pr...

Be like Thomas the barn cat & help us celebrate our CNS seniors! 🎓🎉👩🏽‍🎓Help make our virtual Senior Celebration magical ...
04/30/2020

Be like Thomas the barn cat & help us celebrate our CNS seniors! 🎓🎉
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Help make our virtual Senior Celebration magical by contributing photos and brief videos congratulating our seniors and/or sharing what your time at UMass has meant to you!
These pics and videos will then be featured on our Senior Celebration webpage, which will go live on May 8th!
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All are welcome to participate- families, friends, graduates, students, alumni, faculty and staff!

Send your submissions to [email protected] or dm us here by May 4th at noon to participate!
And use #cnscelebrates in all your grad-related posts🎉 We can wait to see your submissions!
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Be like Thomas the barn cat & help us celebrate our CNS seniors! 🎓🎉
👩🏽‍🎓
Help make our virtual Senior Celebration magical by contributing photos and brief videos congratulating our seniors and/or sharing what your time at UMass has meant to you!
These pics and videos will then be featured on our Senior Celebration webpage, which will go live on May 8th!
👨🏻‍🎓
All are welcome to participate- families, friends, graduates, students, alumni, faculty and staff!

Send your submissions to [email protected] or dm us here by May 4th at noon to participate!
And use #cnscelebrates in all your grad-related posts🎉 We can wait to see your submissions!
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#umassnaturallyinspiring #umassamherst #amherst #graduation #commencement #graduation2020 #seniors2020 #seniors #congratulations #graduate #umassgraduation #umassgrad #umassalumni #massachusetts #seniorpictures #seniorcelebration #cnssenior #naturalscience #barncatsofinstagram #cat #cute #lablife #science #sciencemajor #sciencegrad #sciencegraduate #stables #barncat #naturalsciencegrad🎓

Paula Pietromonaco, professor emerita, contributes to the Association for Psychological Science Backgrounder Series: "Ps...
04/29/2020
APS Backgrounder Series: Psychological Science and COVID-19: Pandemic Effects on Marriage and Relationships

Paula Pietromonaco, professor emerita, contributes to the Association for Psychological Science Backgrounder Series: "Psychological Science and COVID-19: Pandemic Effects on Marriage and Relationships"
Read on: https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/backgrounders/backgrounder-marriage-and-relationships.html

Expert commentary from Paula Pietromonaco on close relationships during pandemics. [April 24, 2020]

One of our very talented Graduate students beautiful pictures & watercolors...thank you Gorana Gonzalez
04/29/2020

One of our very talented Graduate students beautiful pictures & watercolors...thank you Gorana Gonzalez

Do educational apps actually work? According to David Arnold of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Khan Academy app d...
04/27/2020
News: Educational app levels the playing field for preschoolers | College of Natural Sciences | UMass Amherst

Do educational apps actually work? According to David Arnold of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Khan Academy app does.
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Arnold led a study to evaluate the app. iPads were distributed to 49 preschoolers, most were from low-income families. After 3 months of using the app, the children had significantly improved their pre-literacy skills, bringing them close to meeting the national average.
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Arnold believes that apps like the Khan Academy Kids App can help bridge existing achievement gaps for low-income children. It can also help build kindergarten readiness.

This study and its findings are particularly important now as kids across the country are learning from home during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
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Learn more about the study in the link below!

Scientists find Khan Academy app can help bridge the education achievement gap for at-risk children, an important finding during coronavirus-induced remote learning

04/21/2020

Check out all of our Messages of Support to PBS students, including this one from faculty members Adam Grabell and Carolyn Davies:
vimeo.com/umasspbs

04/17/2020
Encouragement from PBS Faculty

Today we hear words of encouragement from faculty members Linda Isbell, social psychology, and Luke Remage-Healey, behavioral neuroscience!

Go UMass! Our own SomNeuroLab directed by Rebecca Spencer helped to prepare tubes of Viral Transport Media that are bein...
04/17/2020
UMass Amherst Scientists Prepare Sterile Solution for COVID-19 Tests

Go UMass! Our own SomNeuroLab directed by Rebecca Spencer helped to prepare tubes of Viral Transport Media that are being distributed to Western MA hospitals!

Answering an urgent call for assistance from regional health care systems, a volunteer team of scientists at UMass Amherst is preparing, testing and delivering thousands of vials of viral transport media, a chemical solution needed for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Their work is having a statewide im...

04/16/2020
Faculty Messages of Support to Students

Here's a heartfelt message to our students from Christina Metevier, Associate Undergraduate Advisor and Senior Lecturer for Psychological and Brain Sciences!

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Hey everyone, I promise I'll stop spamming the news feed soon. I do still need around 100 participants for my master thesis study about leadership attributions and hiring decisions. So please, if you have 10-15 minutes to spare, please participate and pass this/share this post with your friends. Thank you so much!
Hey everyone, for my master thesis I am still in need of around 100 participants. It's a psychological study about leadership attributions and hiring decisions. So please, if you have 10-15 minutes to spare, please participate and pass this/share this post with your friends. Thank you so much!
The laboratory of Dr. Rosie Cowell at UMass Amherst seeks volunteers for studies of brain activity during simple visual tasks, using the UMass magnetic resonance scanner. Studies usually take 1.5-2.5hrs, with about 1.5hrs in the scanner. Some studies take up to 3.5 hours and involve two shorter scans. Remuneration is $25/hr. Participants must be 18-60 yrs old and in good health, with normal or corrected-to-normal vision, no history of neurological disorder, no metal in their body (e.g., from welding, pacemaker, shrapnel injury, etc.) and not be pregnant. To inquire about participating, please email [email protected].
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Hi all! I am currently looking for ONE more participant for my dissertation research study. If you happen to have a child who would be interested in participating, or know of families who may be interested in helping out, please let me know! Feel free to share! Thanks!