On Dec. 7, 2017, Dr. Morett was named a 2017 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. This honor recognizes psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their careers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. Congratulations!
This semester, the N.E.R.D. Lab welcomed two new undergraduate research assistants in the Emerging Scholars Program.
Kaitlin Haverty is a freshman Biology major. She is considering becoming a pediatrician and is eager to gain experience working with children in a research setting.
Cameryn Green is also a freshman Biology major. She is particularly interested in human neuroscience and is excited to gain experience conducting research on the neural substrates of learning.
Welcome to the N.E.R.D. Lab! We look forward to working with you!
On April 4, 2018, Dr. Morett was awarded an Early Career Award from the journal Language Learning to support her work examining how the laterality of brain activity shifts as English speakers learn Mandarin words differing in tone using different types of gestures. This project has important implications for how lexical tone can be taught most effectively to speakers of atonal languages such as English.
In addition to the Early Career Award, on March 19, Dr. Morett was awarded a Level 1 grant from the Research Grants Council at UA to support this project. We are excited to receive both sources of funding and look forward to conducting this project and sharing the results next year!
The N.E.R.D. Lab is excited to welcome three new Ph.D. students in Fall 2018!
Sarah Hughes Berheim comes from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Biology. During her time there, Sarah conducted research in the Behavioral Genetics and Neuroimaging for Language, Literacy, and Learning Laboratories and worked at the Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center. At UA, Sarah is interested in investigating the neural substrates of reading and dyslexia and contributing to the development of evidence-based interventions to assist struggling readers.
Cailee Nelson comes from New Mexico State University, where she majored in Psychology. During her time there, Cailee conducted EEG research during the summer and the academic year. At UA, Cailee is interested in investigating the neural substrates of atypical gesture-speech integration and social cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and contributing to the development of evidence-based interventions to alleviate the social and academic impacts of ASD.
Jacob Feiler comes from the University of Colorado Anschultz Medical Campus, where he is completing a M.S. in Modern Human Anatomy. Previously, Jacob completed a post-baccalaureate degree in Pre-Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Richmond. During his M.S., Jacob has used fMRI to investigate sensory processing and has authored a review paper on educational psychology. At UA, Jacob is interested in investigating the neural substrates of mathematical and language processing and contributing to the development of evidence-based interventions to improve classroom learning in these domains.
We look forward to working with Sarah, Cailee, and Jacob next year as the newest N.E.R.D.s. Welcome to the Ed Neuro Initiative at UA and Roll Tide!