Psychological and Brain Sciences
Psychology is a thriving department at Boston University, perennially among the most popular undergraduate major concentrations. The Department of Psychology’s faculty, more than 30 strong, continues to attract agency-funded research, publish extensively, and maintain a serious commitment to teaching BA, MA, and PhD students. The department’s affiliated research centers, the Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders and the Center for Memory & Brain, offer opportunities for research experience, as do affiliated laboratory studies in topics including child cognition, neurophysiology, developmental behavior genetics, neuroscience, psycholinguistics, and vision sciences.
Department chair: David Somers
Campus address: 64 Cummington Street
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(2014)Determining whether a region belongs to the interior or exterior of a shape (figure-ground segregation) is a core competency of the primate brain, yet the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. Many models assume ...
Initial severity of depression and efficacy of cognitive-behavioural therapy: individual-participant data meta-analysis of pill-placebo-controlled trials BACKGROUND: The influence of baseline severity has been examined for antidepressant medications but has not been studied properly for cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) in comparison with pill placebo. AIMS: To synthesise ...
The emotional gatekeeper: a computational model of attentional selection and suppression through the pathway from the amygdala to the inhibitory thalamic reticular nucleus (2016-02)In a complex environment that contains both opportunities and threats, it is important for an organism to flexibly direct attention based on current events and prior plans. The amygdala, the hub of the brain's emotional ...
Individual differences in human path integration abilities correlate with gray matter volume in retrosplenial cortex, hippocampus, and medial prefrontal cortex (2017-03)Humans differ in their individual navigational abilities. These individual differences may exist in part because successful navigation relies on several disparate abilities, which rely on different brain structures. One ...
Does d-cycloserine facilitate the effects of homework compliance on social anxiety symptom reduction? (2018-01)BACKGROUND: Prior studies examining the effect of d-cycloserine (DCS) on homework compliance and outcome in cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) have yielded mixed results. The aim of this study was to investigate whether DCS ...
(2017-11)BACKGROUND: Some evidence suggests that heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback might be an effective way to treat anxiety and stress symptoms. To examine the effect of HRV biofeedback on symptoms of anxiety and stress, ...
Attachment style moderates the effects of oxytocin on social behaviors and cognitions during social rejection: applying an RDoC framework to social anxiety (2014-11-01)Whereas the DSM categorizes individuals with similar self-reported symptoms, the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) offers a new approach for classifying mental disorders based on dimensions of observable behaviors and ...
(Springer Verlag, 2017-11-10)Logical realism is the view that there is logical structure in the world. I argue that, if logical realism is true, then we are deeply ignorant of that logical structure: either we can’t know which of our logical concepts ...
(2016-05)BACKGROUND: Theory-of-mind (ToM) refers to knowledge and awareness of mental states in oneself and others. Various training programs have been developed to improve ToM in children. OBJECTIVES: In the present study, we ...