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Loyola Undergrad Wins Prestigious Summer Research Grant

Loyola Undergrad Wins Prestigious Summer Research Grant

 

Robert Palumbo, a former Provost Fellow and current Research Mentoring Program Fellow, recently added another accomplishment to his resume--a competitive CUR Summer Research Grant offered by the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Only two of the $5,000 grants are awarded each summer, and the award will support Rob as he continues his work with mentor Dr. Robert Morrison and others in the Psychology Department's CAN Lab. Here's what Rob had to say about the award and the research it will support.

 

"Since the fall of 2012, I have worked in the Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Lab at Loyola University with Dr. Morrison.  For the past year I have been involved in a project examining media violence and how it modulates the neural correlates involved in facial processing. This summer, with the support of a competitive CUR Summer Research Grant, I will also be working on a project looking at EEG data collected from groups of young women ages 9-24. This grant will allow us to complete a project looking for evidence of connectivity changes in certain neural networks during visual analogical reasoning. It is thought that these changes in connectivity may be important for the development seen in thinking and reasoning during adolescence. I am very grateful to have been awarded the CUR Summer Grant and I look forward to analyzing this EEG data and presenting our results at conferences during the upcoming school year. I have enjoyed all of my time in the lab, and cannot wait to begin this new, exciting project."     

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