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In AY13-14...

Utsav Gyawali '14 received a Sigma Xi Grant of $1,000 in support of his SMP research, "Reversal of Compulsive Cocaine Seeking in Neonatal Ventral Hippocampal Lesion Model of Schizophrenia" (under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Marie Brady). He will present his findings at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C. in November 2014. Utsav was active in research in the Behavioral Neuroscience lab in both his junior and senior years. The grant also helped to cover some findings he presented at the 2013 SFN meeting.

Utsav Gyawali '14 with mentor Dr. Anne Marie Brady

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Seminars & Events


Friday, Sept. 28- 3 pm; Goodpaster Hall 195

Dr. Stuart White presents “The Neurobiology of Aggression and Violence: The Importance of Heterogeneity to Development, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention” as part of the Psychology Lecture Series: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention. Co-sponsored by the Neuroscience Program.

Although the study of the neurobiology of aggression and violence is in the early stages, the convergence of animal mod-els, behavioral data and clinical findings with neuroimaging results has given researchers early insights into the biological foundations of aggression and violence. Importantly, this early research shows that there are at least two distinct patterns of pathophysiology associated with aggression and violence. The first pattern is one of weakened top-down control (including both impulsive control and emotion regulation) in dorsal regions of frontal cortex combined with hyper-arousal in regions such as the amygdala, hypothalamus and periaqueductal gray. The second pattern of pathophysiology involves hypo-arousal of the amygdala and dysfunction in striatum and both ventromedial and orbital frontal cortices. The implications of these two patterns of pathophysiology for understanding the develop-ment, assessment, treatment and prevention of aggression and violence are myriad and vital for improving societal outcomes relative to these behaviors.

Dr. White is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Unit on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience of the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health. He earned his Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of New Orleans.

Monday, Oct. 29 - 4:45pm; Goodpaster Hall 195

Gwen Calhoon ’06 (ABD) presents research (Topic TBA) as part of the Neuroscience Lecture Series.

Friday, Nov. 2 - 3pm; Cole Cinema

Dr. Julie Ancis presents “DSM-V: Social, Political, and Ethical Implications” as part of the Psychology Lecture Series: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention.

This presentation will describe the DSM-5, scheduled for publication in May 2013, and the controversy surrounding its development. Dr. Ancis will provide an overview of the newly proposed classification system and diagnoses.

It is imperative that those involved in using the DSM-5 or potentially impacted by the DSM be duly informed. Questions associated with the DSM-5 revision process; the empirical basis of proposed changes; social, legal and political implications; and ethical and cultural considerations will be addressed.

Dr. Ancis will describe her involvement in a number of initiatives related to DSM-5 proposals, including those of the Association for Women in Psychology and Counselors for Social Justice. She will also review concerns of major mental health organizations worldwide, such as the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the British Psychological Society, and elated divisions.

Dr. Ancis is currently a Professor of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State  University. She earned her Bachelors, Masters and PhD from the University of Albany, State University of New York. Her major areas of interest are: multicultural competency training, diversity attitudes, race and gender issues, education and career development, and legal system experiences.

Monday, Nov. 12 - 4:45pm; Goodpaster Hall 195

Dr. Paul Shepard presents research (Topic TBA) as part of the Neuroscience Lecture Series.