• A recording of this colloquium can be viewed here.

    Title: Delight, Desire & Dread

    Faculty Host: Harvey Grill

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  • Martha J. Farah has been awarded the 2021 HCW Medal by the Society of Experimental Psychologists for her foundational cognitive neuroscientific work on face and object recognition, visual attention, mental imagery, and semantic memory. 

    This includes her fundamental contributions to cognitive neuroscience and more recent work on the interface between neuroscience and society and investigating the influence of early life experience on neurocognitive development. 

  • Congratulations to David Brainard, winner of the 2021 Optical Society Edgar D. Tiller Award!

    This award is presented for distinguished work in the field of vision, including the optics, physiology, anatomy or psychology of the visual system.

    David is honored for groundbreaking experimental and theoretical contributions to our understanding of how the visual system resolves the ambiguities inherent in sensory signals to produce a stable percept of object color.

  • Congratulations Sudeep Bhatia, winner of a 2021 Association for Psychological Science Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions!

    The Spence Award recognizes APS members who have made transformative early career contributions and have shown innovative research ideas that have helped advance psychological science.



  • Congratulations Nicole Rust, winner of a 2021 National Academy of Sciences’ Troland Research Award!
    Two Troland Research Awards for significant advancements in experimental psychology and neuroscience are awarded annually by The National Academy of Sciences to recognize unusual achievement by early-career researchers.

    By focusing on single unit activity in the neural signals of the primate visual system, her work has pushed the field forward both in providing new insights about how neural signals throughout the visual system inform specific capabilities, and about how the...

  • A recording of this colloquium can be viewed here.

    Title: Mechanisms of Threat Control in Humans

    Faculty Host: Anna Schapiro

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    Animal models of associative threat learning provide a basis for understanding human fears and anxiety.  Building on research from animal models, I will explore a range of means...

  •  Congratulations to the newly elected Society for the Neurobiology of Language Board of Directors

     Sharon Thompson-Schill, Chair-Elect  

     Ingrid Johnsrude, Treasurer-Elect (University of Western Ontario)

     Patrick Wong, Secretary-Elect (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

     Michele T. Diaz, Program Committee Chair-Elect (Penn State University)

    The newly elected Board Members will assume their office at the close of the SNL 2020 Annual Meeting.


  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2020 Editors' picks celebrating women in science feature's Nicole Rust and Vahid Mehrpour's "Understanding Image Memorability".  Nicole Rust and Vahid Mehrpour explore the behavioral characteristics and neural correlates of image memorability.  

  • Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application. Fellow status is typically awarded for one’s scientific contributions, but may also be awarded for exceptional contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings. 

  • Bob Rescorla, a member of Penn’s Psychology faculty from 1981 to 2009, passed away on March 24. He was widely regarded as the heir to Ivan Pavlov, and one of modern psychology’s preeminent experimental methodologists. Rescorla’s work on learning processes, most famously in the Rescorla-Wagner model, is still an important reference point after almost fifty years. To his colleagues and former students, he is remembered as one of our most inspirational classroom teachers, and a generous and wise advisor and leader. He is missed by all of us who were fortunate to know him. For more information...