Child Cognition Lab & “How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses” Making News!

Published: July 11th, 2017

PBS Professor Deborah Kelemen and the Child Cognition Lab recently published How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses, a book designed to teach young children about evolution. The book has since received positive attention. Professor Kelemen recently participated in a panel discussion (26 minutes in) with Professor Richard Dawkin’s on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week, the UK’s largest cultural/arts radio magazine program. Professor Kelemen was also featured on BBC World Service Newshour (46 minutes in).

We congratulate Professor Kelemen and her lab on their excellent work!

Professor Helen Tager-Flusberg Participates in Reddit AMA!

Published: April 19th, 2017

Professor Helen Tager-Flusberg recently took part in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session. The extensive Q&A covered a wide range of topics, from how our understanding of autism spectrum disorders has evolved over Dr. Tager-Flusberg’s 40-year career, to how the field may change in the years to come.

Khodadad Distinguished Lecture: The Altruistic Brain

Published: March 23rd, 2017

PBS Alum Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Published: October 26th, 2016

Congratulations to Paul Beatty (BU M.A. in Psychology, 1987) for winning the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his satirical novel The Sellout. The Man Booker Prize, which launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. The winner of The Man Booker Prize receives £50,000.

PBS Professor Kristin Long awarded GWISE 2016 Mentor of the Year Award

Published: October 21st, 2016

Professor Kristin Long was recently awarded the BU Graduate Women in Science and Engineering 2016 Mentor of the Year Award. Professor Long was recognized in appreciation for her promotion of women in STEM by mentoring, inspiring and supporting future female leaders. The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences congratulates Professor Long on receiving this distinguished award.

Navy Awards $7.5 Million to BU-Led Neuroscientists

Published: October 14th, 2016

The Office of Naval Research has awarded $7.5 million to a multi-university team of scientists for the purpose of investigating rule learning processes in the brain. The effort’s principal investigator will be Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences Professor Michael Hasselmo. From the Boston University Research write-up:

The research will focus on two areas of the brain associated with learning: the prefontal cortex, known to be critical for working memory, and for “gating” memories in and out of the rest of the cerebral cortex; and the basal ganglia, which most people associate with movement and motor function. The scientists will investigate how the basal ganglia performs the “mental action” of loading working memories into the correct part of the brain, says Hasselmo.

This line of research is expected to leverage the Department’s recent acquisition of a state-of-the-art MRI scanner.

NSF Funds State-of-the-Art MRI Scanner

Published: September 30th, 2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Boston University researchers $1.6 million for a state-of-the-art Siemens 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, a fundamental tool for studying the brain and the centerpiece of a new Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging at BU. Chantal Stern, a BU College of Arts & Sciences professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences is the principal investigator on the new NSF grant and will be the director of the new imaging center.

The addition of this state-of-the-art equipment to the campus will open up many new research opportunities for the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, and for the campus as a whole.

PBS Professor Alice Cronin-Golomb to receive Mentorship Award from the American Psychological Association

Published: July 5th, 2016

Professor Alice Cronin-Golomb will receive the 2016 Mentorship Award in Aging from the APA during the annual convention in Denver this August. The award recognizes Prof. Cronin-Golomb’s record of consistent support, guidance, and strong direction to undergraduate and graduate students in aging and adult development. PBS congratulates Dr. Cronin-Golomb on this well-deserved award.

Dr. John Otis Receives Medical School’s Highest Teaching Honor

Published: May 16th, 2016

John D. Otis, associate professor of psychiatry, has been recognized with the 2016 Stanley L. Robbins Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching honor awarded by Boston University School of Medicine (MED). The award honors an outstanding educator and acknowledges the importance of teaching skills and commitment to students and education. More details on Dr. Otis’s recognition can be found at Boston University Research.

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is pleased to congratulate Dr. Otis on this honor!


Professor Emerita Jean Berko Gleason to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College

Published: May 6th, 2016

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is pleased to announce that Professor Emerita Jean Berko Gleason will receive an honorary Doctor of Science from Washington & Jefferson University for her breakthrough research on child language acquisition. These findings, among many in Dr. Gleason’s long and fruitful career, have had a tremendous impact on the fields of psycholinguistics, human development, and others.

Dr. Gleason will be honored alongside civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis, Imam Khalid Latif of the Islamic Center at New York University, and Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist for NASA. The Department heartily congratulates Dr. Gleason on this honor.