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.
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!
Lab research assistants, Melissa Merz and James Ross, presented at the UCF SURE 2015. Their independent research examined how individual differences in emotion, decision style, and financial literacy predict beliefs about gain and loss probabilities during economic decision making.
First-year PhD student, Kylie Fernandez, presented her research at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting in NYC. Her poster entitled, “Asymmetry in attention and memory while learning in gain versus loss domains”, presents work in collaboration with Dr. Camelia Kuhnen of the UNC Kenan–Flagler Business School.
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.
The Graduate Dean’s Fellowship to superior graduate students who are newly enrolling in one of UCF’s graduate programs. These awards provide one year of support to the most qualified applicants to the institution. Congratulations, Lindsay!
Thanks 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).
The ADD Lab is embarking on a new fMRI study in collaboration with Dr. Natalie Ebner, Director of the Social-Cognitive and Affective Development Lab at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The project will examine how the brain integrates emotional and nonemotional memories about consumer products and how this affects value judgments later on.