Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Psychology professors featured in "Life & Letters"

Mon, November 26, 2012
Psychology professors featured in
Top row: Drs. Cristine Legare and Juan Dominguez; Bottom row: Drs. Alison Preston and James Pennebaker

The latest edition of “Life & Letters” is out and, happily, the Department of Psychology is well represented by feature stories on the research of Drs. Cristine Legare, Juan Dominguez, and Alison Preston. James Pennebaker, Professor and Chair of the Department, is also noted for being honored by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s (SPSP) to receive the Distinguished Scholar Award, which is the society’s highest honor.

Life & Letters is an online magazine published by the College of Liberal Arts.

James Pennebaker, Regents Centennial Professor and Department Chair of Psychology (Area: Social and Personality Psychology) Pennebaker Profile
Pennebaker Honored by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Cristine Legare, Assistant Professor (Area: Developmental Psychology)
Supernatural Explanations More Accepted As We Age
Dr. Legare found that reliance on supernatural explanations for major life events often increases rather than declines with age.

Juan Dominguez, Assistant Professor (Area: Behavioral Neuroscience)
The Pleasure Principle: New neuroscience research shows cocaine abuse hijacks the brain’s reward system
“With a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Juan Dominguez, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, is investigating the brain’s response to the euphoric effects of cocaine. With a focus on the dynamics between sex hormones and the brain’s reward system, he aims to delineate and map out where — and how — addiction occurs in the brain.”

Alison Preston, Assistant Professor (Area: Cognitive Systems)
Memories for the Future
Dr. Preston talks about her latest findings in the area of memory research. Her study showed that during learning our brains relate new information with past experiences to derive new knowledge.



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