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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(ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2017-01-01)Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the two first-line treatments for depression, but little is known about their effects on quality of life (QOL). A meta-analysis was ...
(2017)OBJECTIVE: Cognitive deficits are common in Parkinson's disease (PD) and exacerbate the functional limitations imposed by PD's hallmark motor symptoms, including impairments in walking. Though much research has addressed ...
The therapeutic potential of exercise to improve mood, cognition, and sleep in Parkinson's disease (2016)In addition to the classic motor symptoms, Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with a variety of nonmotor symptoms that significantly reduce quality of life, even in the early stages of the disease. There is an urgent ...
Randomized controlled trial of a home-based action observation intervention to improve walking in Parkinson disease (Elsevier, 2016)OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility and efficacy of a home-based gait observation intervention for improving walking in Parkinson disease (PD). DESIGN: Participants were randomly assigned to an intervention or ...
Optogenetic activation of accessory olfactory bulb input to the forebrain differentially modulates investigation of opposite versus same-sex urinary chemosignals and stimulates mating in male mice (2017-03)Surgical or genetic disruption of vomeronasal organ (VNO)-accessory olfactory bulb (AOB) function previously eliminated the ability of male mice to processes pheromones that elicit territorial behavior and aggression. By ...
(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 ...