December News of Note

December News of Note

Psychology Department- News of Note- December 2011


Faculty Awards/Appointments/In the News

1.      Pamela Greenwood, Jim Thompson and Vicky Ikonomidou were selected as George Mason’s submission for the NSF MRI program.  They will be submitting an application for a new MRI scanner and the application will involve researchers in the Psychology Department and the Krasnow.

2.      Todd Kashdan was cited in the New York Times (November, 2011) on gratitude and aggression.

3.      Todd Kashdan was cited in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November, 2011) on the benefits of gratitude.

4.      Todd Kashdan was cited in Prevention Magazine (November, 2011)- “Thank-you therapy” on how gratitude buffers against aggression

 

Faculty Grants/Research

  1. With Joe Pancrazio of Bioengineering as PI, a consortium consisting of Suc Bachus, Bob Smith, Jane Flinn, and Nathalia Peixoto [Bioengineering] have received funding for a $3.2M two- year project entitled "Biocompatibility of Advanced Materials for Brain Interfaces (BAMBI)" from DARPA.

 

Student Activities

 

Undergraduate student Peter Kakalec has been selected to continue participating in the
Spring 2012 Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) project. Peter’s
project is titled:  “The effect of stress and zinc on dendritic branching in the Amygdala”

 

Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Way, E., Mincic, M., Zinsser, K., & Graling, K.  (in press).  Preschoolers' emotion knowledge: Self-regulatory foundations, and predictions of early school success. Cognition and Emotion.

 Denham, S. A., Zinsser, K.M, & Brown, C. A. (in press).  The emotional basis of learning and development in early childhood education. In B. Spodek & O. Saracho (Eds.), Handbook of research on the education of young children (3nd Ed.). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

 Denham, S. A., Bailey, C., & Zinser, K. M. (2011).  Emotional intelligence in the first 5 years of life. In Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, R. E. Tremblay, R. DeV. Peters, M. Boivin, & R. G. Barr (Eds). Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. www.child-encyclopedia.com

 †Klein, S., Kashdan, T.B., †Yarbro, J., †Savostyanova, A.A., †Vitalis, J., †Pahira, J., †Dodge, A., †Vaughn, M., †McGraw, D., †L’Etoile, C., & †Julian, A. (November, 2011). Sharing in or missing out on the amusement of romantic partners. In C.L. Gordon (Chair), Positive factors that promote relationship well-being. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

 †Savostyanova, A.A., & Kashdan, T.B., (November, 2011). Sharing in or missing out on the amusement of romantic partners. In K.C. Fernandez (Chair), Embracing the digital age: Methodological innovations in the study of social anxiety. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

Savostyanova, A.A., Esposito-Smythers, C., Kashdan, T.B., †Wymard, K., & Johnson, M. (2011). Adolescents with SAD and serious aggression problems: A person-centered approach to psychopathology. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

 

Publications/Presentations

 

Bassett, H. H., Denham, S. A., Mincic, M. M., & Graling, K.  (in press). The structure of preschoolers' emotion knowledge: Model equivalence and validity using an SEM approach. Early Education and Development.

 Boden, M.T., Bonn-Miller, M.O., Groww, J.J.., Alvarez, J., Kashdan, T.B., & Kuo, J. (November, 2011). Exploring links between dimensions of emotional awareness, emotion regulation and posttraumatic stress disorder. In V.Vine (Chair), Getting clear about emotional clarity: Construct, measurement, and implications for emotion regulation and psychopathology. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

 Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Kalb, S. C., Mincic, M., Segal, Y., & Zinsser, K.  (in press).  Observing preschoolers' social-emotional behavior: Structure, foundations, and prediction of early school success.  Journal of Genetic Psychology.

 Denham, S. A. Bassett, H. H., Mincic, M.M., Kalb, S. C., Way, E., Wyatt, T.,& Segal, Y. (in press). Social-emotional learning profiles of preschoolers' early school success: A person-centered approach. Learning and Individual Differences. Special issue on Emotions in the Classroom.

 Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Way, E., Mincic, M., Zinsser, K., & Graling, K.  (in press).  Preschoolers' emotion knowledge: Self-regulatory foundations, and predictions of early school success. Cognition and Emotion.

 Denham, S. A., Warren-Khot, H. K., & Bassett, H. H., Wyatt, T., & Perna, A. (in press). Factor structure of self-regulation in preschoolers: Testing models of a field-based assessment for predicting early school readiness. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

 Denham, S. A., Zinsser, K.M, & Brown, C. A. (in press).  The emotional basis of learning and development in early childhood education. In B. Spodek & O. Saracho (Eds.), Handbook of research on the education of young children (3ndEd.). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

 Denham, S. A., Bailey, C., & Zinser, K. M. (2011).  Emotional intelligence in the first 5 years of life. In Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, R. E. Tremblay, R. DeV. Peters, M. Boivin, & R. G. Barr (Eds). Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.

www.child-encyclopedia.com

 Denham, S. A., Warren, H. K., von Salisch, M., Benga, O., Chin, J-C., & Geangu, E. (2011). Emotions and peer relationships. In C. Hart & P. K. Smith (Eds.), Wiley/Blackwell Handbook of childhood social development, 2nd edition (pp. 413-433). NY: Blackwell Publishers.

 Kashdan, T.B. (2011) (Editor). Understanding how personality operates in the social world [Special Issue]. Journal of Personality, 79 (6)

 Kashdan, T.B., McKnight, P.E., Fincham, F.D., & Rose, P. (2011). When curiosity breeds intimacy: Taking advantage of intimacy opportunities and transforming boring conversations.

Journal of Personality, 79, 1067-1099. 

 Kashdan, T.B., & McKnight, P.E. (2011). Dynamic, contextual approaches to studying personality in the social world. Journal of Personality, 79, 875-888. 

Kashdan, T.B. (December, 2011). Personality and the perils and promises of everyday life: Lessons on sex, violence, and purpose in life. Colloquia at the University of Toledo.

Kashdan, T.B. & C.B. DeWall (November, 2011). Nuanced emotions: Adding some flexibility. In V.Vine (Chair), Getting clear about emotional clarity: Construct, measurement, and implications for emotion regulation and psychopathology. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

†Klein, S., Kashdan, T.B., †Yarbro, J., †Savostyanova, A.A., †Vitalis, J., †Pahira, J., †Dodge, A., †Vaughn, M., †McGraw, D., †L’Etoile, C., & †Julian, A. (November, 2011). Sharing in or missing out on the amusement of romantic partners. In C.L. Gordon (Chair), Positive factors that promote relationship well-being. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

McKnight, P.E., Kashdan, T.B., & †Erchov, S. (2011). Diagnostic status as a moderator of the symptom-functioning relationship in depression. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada

†Savostyanova, A.A., & Kashdan, T.B., (November, 2011). Sharing in or missing out on the amusement of romantic partners. In K.C. Fernandez (Chair), Embracing the digital age: Methodological innovations in the study of social anxiety. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

†Savostyanova, A.A., Esposito-Smythers, C., Kashdan, T.B., †Wymard, K., & Johnson, M. (2011). Adolescents with SAD and serious aggression problems: A person-centered approach to psychopathology. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

Summers, S. J., & Chazan-Cohen, R. (Eds.). (2011). Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health: A Practical Guide for Professionals. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.

Cognitive training in healthy old age: Comparison of three training tasks on everyday cognitive functioning and white matter integrity *E. CLARKE1,2, R. MCGARRY2, J. BICKSEL3, J. THOMPSON2, M. PETERSON2, J. STROHL2, P. GREENWOOD2, R. PARASURAMAN2.


Effects of increased dietary zinc consumption on spatial learning in a late-onset transgenic mouse model of alzheimer’s disease *A. M. RAILEY, L. E. GLENN, J. M. FLINN;

Thalamic and hippocampal volumetric reductions in major depressive disorder A. C. NUGENT1, R. M. DAVIS2, *C. A. ZARATE, JR1, W. C. DREVETS3;

 

 Future memory relies on activity in hippocampus, general elaboration mechanisms in frontal cortex, and specific task-relevant regions at encoding *E. J. PLORAN, R. PARASURAMAN, J. C. THOMPSON;


Interactions between cognition, aging, and cortical thickness in healthy older adults *W. R. MCGARRY, M. STRENZIOK, P. GREENWOOD, J. THOMPSON, R. PARASURAMAN;

 

Both Consolidation and Reconsolidation of Pavlovian fear conditioning engage a dedicated micro organization of neurons in the dorsolateral amygdala. *H. C. BERGSTROM1, C. G. MCDONALD6, S. DEY2, G. M. FERNANDEZ6, H. TANG3,2, R. G. SELWYN2,3, L. R. JOHNSON1,4,2,5

 

Zinc levels in the 129S1 inbred mouse strain vary across regions compared to B6 mice, as determined by synchrotron X-ray fluorescence microscopy. *C. M. GROEBER1, R. TAPPERO2, J. KOSCHO1, J. M. FLINN1

 

Supplemental zinc alters dendritic morphology in the dentate gyrus of chronically and unpredictably stressed rats C. SIZEMORE1, P. KAKALEC1, G. KNAACK2, *L. D. CHROSNIAK2, J. FLINN2;

 

Ascertaining the role of zinc in stress and PTSD: From the blood to the brain. *G. L. KNAACK1, C. G. MCDONALD1, S. M. LEV2, J. M. FLINN1;