Lab News

  • Mira Bajaj was awarded the Velay Fellowship, a fellowship aiming to support female undergraduates conducting research in science/engineering fields, for Summer 2017. She will develop a project to test human learners’ abilities to learn abstract regularities from simple visual sequences, and ask when and how they can use such knowledge in acquiring new categories. Congratulations Mira!
  • Sharon Thompson-Schill has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Award for Advising. Congratulations Sharon!
  • Nathan Tardiff is awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. Congratulations, Nathan!
  • John Medaglia has been selected to receive the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. Congratulations John!
  • Sarah Solomon is awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations, Sarah!
  • Lab’s research on the radio: WHYY the Pulse. Taming our inner CEO to find creativity
  • Marc Coutanche and Sharon Thompson-Schill’s work is featured on the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Webpage. Check it out!
  • Jorge Valdes-Kroff has received a travel award for the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL) Conference. Congratulations, Jorge! SNL Website
  • Nazbanou Nozari has been selected to receive the APA Division of Experimental Psychology 2013 New Investigator Award in Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Congratulations, Nazbanou!
  • Lab in the News: prefrontal cortex, tDCS, and cognitive flexibility. Check it out!
  • Marc Coutanche is the recipient of the 2013 Cognitive Neuropsychology Student Travel Prize. Congratulations, Marc!
  • Marc Coutanche wins an award from the 2013 Rovereto CAOs workshop for one of the best abstracts. Congratulations, Marc!
  • Lisa Musz is awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations, Lisa!
  • Marc Coutanche has been selected to receive the American Psychological Foundation’s APR 2012 F. J. McGuigan Dissertation Award. Congratulations, Marc!
  • Avi Chanales, an undergraduate in the Thompson-Schill lab, has been awarded the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society Prize for Excellence in Research for his senior thesis. Congratulations, Avi!
  • Marc Coutanche and Sharon-Thompson-Schill’s work on “The Perils of Trying to Unlearn” is featured in Observer, the Association for Psychological Science newsletter.
  • Christine Boylan is awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations, Christine!
  • Two Penn undergraduates win PURM (Penn Undergraduate Research mentorship) awards to work in our lab:

     

Doron Roberts-Kedes & Kristina Woodard

  • Lab alum Gary Lupyan has been named a “Rising Star” by the American Psychological Society. Gary Lupyan’s lab website can be found here.
  • Marc Coutanche has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship. The award supports international graduate students studying in the US during their 3rd, 4th, and 5th years of biomedical or interdisciplinary research. Marc is one of 48 fellows demonstrating exceptional achievement and leadership potential in the sciences.
  • Sharon Thompson-Schill is featured in an article in the Penn Arts and Sciences Magazine, entitled: “Thinking About Thinking: Sharon Thompson-Schill’s Brain Work on the Working Brain.” The article can be read in full here, starting on page 16.
  • Research by Sharon Thompson-Schill, Michael Ramscar and Lila Chrysikou is discussed in a recent Scientific American article entitled “The Advantages of Being Helpless.” The publication detailing this work can be found here.
  • Arber Tasimi, an undergraduate in the Thompson-Schill lab, has been named Dean’s Scholar by the School of Arts and Sciences. As a Dean’s Scholar, Arber will receive $250 and will attend the Levin Family Dean’s Forum, which honors a select group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for their academic performance and intellectual promise.
  • The mind unchecked: Is a toddler’s lack of self-control the key to early learning? Sharon Thompson-Schill discusses cognition without control in the Los Angeles Times’ Health blog.
  • Your Kids Can’t Say No to Candy? Blame It on Their Brains. Sharon Thompson-Schill explains why in US News & World Report’s On Parenting blog.
  • A Case for the Distractable Toddler: Sharon Thompson-Schill featured in Wray Herbert’s We’re Only Human.
    • Nina Hsu was awarded an NRSA Graduate Fellowship from the NIA. Congratulations!
    • A recent study by Dave Kraemer, Lauren Rosenberg and Sharon Thompson-Schill is featured on Penn’s SAS Frontiers website. Read the write-up, which discusses the neural correlates of visual and verbal cognitive styles, here.
    • David Nguyen, an undergraduate in the Thompson-Schill lab, has been selected as a recipient of the John P. Sabini award. The Psychology Department gives this award to graduating seniors with an impressive undergraduate record and an interest in social psychology (specifically emotion, social motives, moral action and/or character). Student winners are selected on the basis of their written thesis, poster presentation, and oral presentation to the department.
    • Broca’s area: It’s a dessert topping! No it’s a floor wax! No it’s a cognitive control mechanism! Sharon Thompson-Schill featured in Broca’s area discussion on Talking Brains.