Dr. Lighthall was selected by the National Academy of Sciences to present the 8th annual Seymour Benzer Lecture. Her talk entitled, “The Adaptable Aging Brain” highlighted discoveries from Dr. Lighthall’s research that speak to the possibilities and limitations of the aging brain. You can view a video of her presentation here.
AD&D labbers enjoyed lots of food, sun, and games to close out the 2017-2018 school year — including some creative brain-themed treats. We were also introduced to Lindsay’s revolutionary concept of “water spaghetti”!
The Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging (SRNDNA) selected two AD&D Lab students for research awards.
PhD student Lindsay Conner received an SRNDNA Mentorship/Collaboration Award, which will provide funding to support her training in advanced neuroimaging analysis under the mentorship of Dr. Tor Wager at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Wager uses cutting-edge neuroimaging methods and analysis to study brain mechanisms underlying pain, emotion, and motivation.
Incoming undergraduate research assistant Michael Gordon received an SRNDNA Diversity Summer Research Award, which will provide funding to support his training in behavioral research on decision making in aging. Michael will contribute to studies that examine how age affects learning about health topics and risky decision options.
Congratulations to Lindsay and Michael!
Dr. Lighthall served as an invited speaker at the UCF Distinguished Speaker Series at the Tusawilla Country Club in Winter Springs, FL. Her community talk entitled, “A Peek Inside the Adaptable Aging Brain” highlighted new discoveries from Dr. Lighthall’s research on the neuroscience of aging.
Congratulations to AD&D Lab PhD student, Kylie Fernandez, on receiving the Graduate Student Research Award at the 2018 Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) Annual Meeting. Kylie’s talk entitled, “Predictors of Bias: Roles of Attention and Estimation Frame Incongruence” was selected as the best graduate student research at this regional meeting of the American Psychological Association. She also received a Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology PhD Program travel award to support her presentation at SEPA. Well done, Kylie!
This summer, Dr. Lighthall was invited by the National Academy of Sciences to the 2017 Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science conference in Ambon, Indonesia and served as chair of the symposium on neuroplasticity.
Dr. Lighthall’s talk entitled, “Understanding and Leveraging the Power of the Adaptive Brain,” provided an overview of the topic of neuroplasticity and introduced the symposium speakers from the US and Indonesia.
You can watch her presentation here.
Congratulations to AD&D Lab PhD student, Lindsay Conner, on receiving an award from the UCF Summer Mentoring Fellowship Program. Lindsay, along with three other incoming Psychology grad students (pictured here), took part in this campus-wide competitive fellowship program. The program provides funding support from the College of Graduate Studies for underrepresented students to complete summer research projects before they begin graduate school. Lindsay’s summer project study examined consumer decision-making processes through brain imaging. She presented her preliminary findings at the fellowship showcase in front of an interdisciplinary audience of students and faculty. For more highlights, read the College of Sciences Newsletter story here.
The tragedy that occurred in Orlando on Sunday June 12th weighs heavy on our hearts. Now and forever, our lab stands with UCF and the Orlando community as a place of respect and love for all people. For information about campus resources and events, such as blood drives and vigils, as well as volunteer, counseling and community activities in the wake of this shooting, go to http://ucf.edu/orlandounited.
Dr. Lighthall proudly modeling her hospital gown before testing out the Orlando VA’s new 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner.
Dr. Lighthall celebrated the end of the year with UCF’s new Neuroscience Alliance student organization. The event was hosted by Dr. Kimi Sugaya and offered a chance for undergraduates to directly connect with neuroscience faculty across different departments. Cheers to all our aspiring brain scientists at UCF!