Undergrads Show Off Their Research
In early November, roughly 70 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Baker Hall Coffee Lounge for the third annual Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium (DUC). Since 2013, the colloquium has provided an opportunity for undergraduate students to immerse themselves in a topic of interest and present their research findings in a structured environment. Psychology students Zora Gilbert, Rubini Naidu, and Joshua Swanson presented their work.
Emily Lindsay, a Ph.D. student in psychology, has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation Research Award. The Dissertation Research Award program assists science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. Lindsay will use the $1,000 grant to continue studying mindfulness meditation and its relationship to improved mental and physical health. Learn more about the mind-body connection and Lindsay's research.
Mental Maps: Route-Learning Changes Brain Tissue
Tim Keller and Marcel Just have determined that learning detailed navigation information causes the hippocampus enlargement seen in London cab drivers. Published in NeuroImage, their findings show that brief navigation training changes a person's brain tissue and improves how that changed tissue communicates with other brain areas involved with navigation. The findings establish a critical link between structural and functional brain alterations that happen during spatial learning. They also illustrate that the changes are related to how neural activity synchronizes - or communicates - between the hippocampus and other regions that are important for navigation understanding and learning.