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APR 14 | Undergraduate Research Day (URD)

We encourage our Psychology Majors & Minors to present their research at the JHU URD on Thurs, 4/14, from 3-6PM, especially if considering departmental honors in psychology! Poster title submissions are due to by Thursday, March 11th; contact Laura for more information/questions. We look forward to this exciting collaborative opportunity to showcase undergraduate achievement!

FEB 22 | Postbac Panel Discussion

Hear from four JHU alumni who navigated this process successfully last year and will share tips for locating, applying and interviewing for, and negotiating a postbac position. Targeted at seniors & juniors, but all are welcome. (Mon, Feb 22nd | 7pm)

Why Is Breaking Bad Habits Hard? Our Brains Are Biased by Past Rewards

Prof. Susan Courtney and her team demonstrate for the first time that when people see something associated with a past reward, their brain flushes with dopamine—even if they aren’t expecting a reward and even if they don’t realize they’re paying attention. The results suggest we don’t have as much self-control as we might think.

Drug for Early Alzheimer’s Heads to Clinical Trial

Johns Hopkins University researchers have received an estimated $7.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to clinically test what would be the first treatment to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia.

The Color We See Isn’t the Color We Remember

Though people can distinguish between millions of colors, we have trouble remembering specific shades because our brains tend to store what we’ve seen as one of just a few basic hues, a team led by Prof. Jonathan Flombaum discovered.

JHU Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Congratulations to Jonathan Flombaum and Alison Papadakis, for winning the JHU Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award and Undergraduate Advising Award, respectively!

Bat Biology Could Lead to Better Aircraft

“Until now no one had investigated the sensors on the bat’s wing, which allow it to serve as more than a propeller, a flipper, an airplane wing or any simple airfoil,” said Cynthia F. Moss, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. “These findings can inform more broadly how organisms use touch to guide movement.”