Dr. Lighthall presents at the 2017 Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science

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.


Lindsay Conner receives Summer Mentoring Fellowship


Congratulations to ADD 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.

Response to the Orlando Mass Shooting

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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.

First seminar of the Multidisciplinary Neuroscience Alliance


MDNA ended the year with an exciting new seminar series that bridges the gaps between neuroscience disciplines. The event featured a welcome message from Dr. Lighthall (Seminar Coordinator), research presentations by Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya (MDNA Chair, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences) and Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell (Psychology), and a social hour with refreshments. The MDNA Seminar Series will continue in Fall 2016 and serves to connect UCF and non-UCF faculty, researchers, clinicians, and students interested in neuroscience. Click here to learn more about MDNA.

UCF College of Medicine grant for new intervention study

UntitledThanks to a grant from the College of Medicine, the ADD Lab will be collaborating with Dr. Daniel Paulson’s Orlando Later-Life Developmental Research Lab on a project examining  the effectiveness of a new caregiver support group intervention. The project aims to reduce the burden associated with dementia caregiving, better understand how stress hormones relate to caregiver burden, and delay the transition of older adults with dementia to long-term care facilities. This project also involves collaboration with Dr. Cerissa Blaney (Clinical Psych) and Dr. Kimi Sugaya (Biomedical Sciences).