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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Lightness induction enhancements and limitations at low frequency modulations across a variety of stimulus contexts (2020)Lightness illusions are often studied under static viewing conditions with figures varying in geometric design, containing different types of perceptual grouping and figure-ground cues. A few studies have explored the ...
(2020-07-03)Recently, cortical areas with motor properties have attracted attention widely to their involvement in both action generation and perception. Inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), ventral premotor cortex (PMv) and inferior parietal ...
Exploring the relation between brain response to speech at 6-months and language outcomes at 24-months in infants at high and low risk for autism spectrum disorder: a preliminary functional near-infrared spectroscopy study (2021-02)Infants at high familial risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at increased risk for language impairments. Studies have demonstrated that atypical brain response to speech is related to language impairments in this ...
Identifying and making recommendations for pediatric anxiety disorders in primary care settings: a video-based training (2020-12-10)INTRODUCTION: Pediatric anxiety disorders have high rates of prevalence and confer risk for later disorders if they go undetected. In primary care, they are underdiagnosed, partly because pediatricians often lack relevant ...
Neuroimaging markers for studying Gulf-War illness: single-subject level analytical method based on machine learning (2020-11-20)Gulf War illness (GWI) refers to the multitude of chronic health symptoms, spanning from fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, and neurological complaints to respiratory, gastrointestinal, and dermatologic symptoms experienced ...
(2020-01)OBJECTIVES: First, we test for differences in various cognitive abilities across trajectories of body mass index (BMI) over the later life course. Second, we examine whether genetic risk factors for unhealthy BMIs-assessed ...
Leveraging parasympathetic nervous system activity to study risk for psychopathology: the special case of callous-unemotional traits (Elsevier BV, 2020-11)Callous-unemotional (CU) traits are implicated in the development of severe and persistent antisocial behavior, and appear to arise from distinct behavioral, temperament, physiological, and neural risk factors to other ...
Associations between callous-unemotional traits and peer-rated social behaviors in elementary and middle school (Springer (part of Springer Nature), 2020-03-15)There is strong evidence that peers are of central importance to children’s and adolescents’ social and emotional adaptation and success in school. However, it remains an open question as to whether callous-unemotional ...
(Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2021)The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered family life, but whether family exposures to and worries about the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted child conduct problems (CP) and callous-unemotional (CU) traits is unknown. ...