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  • Research | Department of Psychological Sciences | Vanderbilt University
    Human Development Peabody Research Facilities and Resources Research Centers Training Grants Research Colloquia Study Set Up Research Requisites Participate in a Research Study News Events Overview Events Calendar News and Kudos Research News Vanderbilt Psychological Sciences Awards Reservation Calendar Resources Contacts Contacts For Faculty Events Calendar Participate in a Research Study Careers Home Research Centers Research Research Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt has state of the art laboratories for carrying out basic research with humans and animals These laboratories include computer stimulus presentation and response collection capabilities a vast array of computers for data analysis and computational modeling and specialized research equipment including eyetracking systems optics benches acoustical analysis systems acoustically dampened testing environments and various kinds of custom experimental hardware and electronics Research with humans including those with brain damage and mental illness is conducted in laboratories at Wilson Hobbs and at other laboratories in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and at the Vanderbilt Medical Center Wilson Hall contains an AAALAC accredited animal care facility with dedicated and experienced staff to support husbandry enrichment and surgery for species used in basic research Faculty members have their own dedicated laboratory space for conducting clinical cognition and cognitive neuroscience developmental neuroscience and quantitative research Some of the shared resources available to Vanderbilt researchers are highlighted under Research Facilities and Resources Research in Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt is greatly enhanced by a number research centers that support a variety of shared research equipment and services Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Vanderbilt Vision Research Center Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth Research training in Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt is also greatly enhanced by a variety of Training Grants Developmental Psychopathology Training Program Experimental Education Research Training ExpERT Program Vision

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  • Research Facilities and Resources | Psychological Sciences | Vanderbilt University
    slide and flat bed scanners The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center also offers a graphic arts facility to its investigators and their trainees Research Support Resources Human Subject Pool Faculty and their trainees have access to a well maintained human subject pool Recruitment of Specialized Populations Recruitment of special populations can be facilitated by resources available through the Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Staff Support Secretarial resources are available to faculty within the program and its affiliated centers for coordinating seminars organizing travel arrangements and assisting with other research and teaching responsibilities In addition faculty and their trainees have access to the services of computer support personnel within the Psychological Sciences departments its affiliated centers and at the university computing center Information Technology Services Research Equipment Computers Individual faculty use different types of computers in their laboratories Macintosh and PC computers are plentiful in the individuals laboratories for experimental testing and data analysis Most program faculty supply their trainees with personal office computers Most laboratories also have Intel SGI or Alpha Linux Unix workstations for complex data analysis or for computational modeling In addition to standard word processing and data analysis packages individual laboratories also have specialized software for image editing 3D rendering mathematical modeling neural network simulations acoustic analysis customized statistical analyses and structural and functional brain imaging analyses Computer support is provided by a full time computer systems analyst supported by CICN and the Department of Psychology additional hardware and software support is provided by staff by the university computing center Information Technology Services Laboratories have multiple connections to the university high speed 100 1000 Ethernet network allowing rapid internal and external communication to print servers local file servers web servers file transfer servers file archive servers e mail servers the VAMPIRE computer cluster and the Web High Performance Computing Complex computational modeling monte carol simulations and data analysis can make use of Vanderbilt s Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education Their high performance computing cluster employs massively parallel processing to reduce drastically the time required to crunch large amounts of data and perform complex modeling Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Brain imaging experiments MR fMRI diffusion tensor imaging can be carried out on a Philips Intera Achieva 3T scanner with single shot echo planar imaging capability for fMRI The scanner is supported by the VUIIS This scanner offers a high performance gradient set with strengths up to 80 mT m and slew rates up to 200T m s The Philips architecture includes 16 fully digital receivers allowing for the use of parallel imaging techniques such as SENSE which in turn will reduce image distortions in EPI images Both a standard quadrature head coil and an eight channel SENSE head coil will be available The scanner is housed in a specially constructed laboratory devoted exclusively to MRI and fMRI research The 3T scanner is operated as a research facility not as a clinical facility The university has placed an order for a Philips 7T research only full body

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  • Overview of Research Centers | Psychological Sciences | Vanderbilt University
    Multi Processor Integrated Research Engine VAMPIRE a large scale cluster of personal computers sometimes called a Beowulf system that has supercomputer performance Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience CICN The Mission of the Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience CICN is to sustain programs of research to elucidate how normal and abnormal behavior and cognition arise from the function of the brain This is accomplished by facilitating the formation of alliances of investigators with common interests identifying and supporting opportunities for faculty recruitment facilitating the acquisition of new collaborative grants and maintenance of existing center grants and facilitating the acquisition and supervising the administration of core services Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Disabilities and Human Development The mission of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Disabilities and Human Development is to improve the quality of life of persons with disorders of thinking learning perception communication mood and emotion caused by disruption of typical development The center is a national University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and a Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center The center maintains offices for researchers and is host to a number of professional development and community resource workshops Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science VUIIS Vanderbilt has made major institutional commitments to clinical affective and cognitive neuroscience research through the creation of the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science VUIIS The VUIIS is headed by renowned MR physicist John Gore VUIIS supports a wide range of imaging research from physics to molecular biology to cognitive neuroscience Of particular relevance to human brain research VUIIS has a state of the art Philips Intera Achieva 3T scanner and has agreed to purchase a Philips 7T research scanner for installation at the summer of 2006 At that time the VUIIS will be moving

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  • Training Grants | Psychological Sciences | Vanderbilt University
    number of training grants Experimental Education Research Training ExpERT program features an integrated sequence of graduate courses in statistics measurement and design along with courses in educational practices context and learning It offers extensive field research experience with world class faculty summer workshops monthly interdisciplinary lectures and colloquia teaching experiences internships and conference attendance Students will acquire expertise in planning executing and analyzing high quality randomized field trials of educational strategies e g programs interventions policies firmly grounded in theoretical frameworks and supported by empirical evidence The ultimate goal is to develop a new generation of education scientists who are both committed and well equipped to lead the way in education research Developmental Psychopathology research training program trains research scientists studying the development life course and prevention of abnormal behavior Its goals are to a prepare trainees to become leading research scientists in the interdisciplinary fields of developmental psychopathology and prevention science b provide a national forum for the maturation and evolution of these fields and c enhance the quality of research being conducted in these fields Faculty and trainee research has focused on internalizing disorders externalizing disorders disorders of cognition and learning basic emotional cognitive and biological processes and prevention and treatment The Vision Training Grant aims to train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to understand the mechanisms of vision through physiological and anatomical investigations A central mission of the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center VVRC is to provide pre and postdoctoral training centered on perception and system level research for the next generation of vision scientists Trainees attend a weekly vision seminar series Vanderbilt Visionaries and are required to enroll in a semester long course The Visual System The Vanderbilt Vision Research Center funded by a core grant from the National Eye Institute also provides predoctoral and postdoctoral students

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  • Research Colloquia | Psychological Sciences | Vanderbilt University
    information on how to add yourself or be added to those email lists Arts and Science Department of Psychology Listserv This mailing list is used to advertise general departmental seminars to individuals outside the department Email Jennifer Lass to be added to the caspsy seminars list vanderbilt edu listserv COGSCI Mailing List This mailing list is used to advertise the Friday afternoon Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium and other cognitive related materials Email Cris Zerface to be added to the list All Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience students must request to be added to this list CICN Mailing List This mailing list is used advertise talks and other opportunities sponsored by the Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience It is used to advertise the Thursday noon Neuroscience Colloquium Email Gale Newton to be added to the list All students doing any neuroscience related research neuroscience cognitive neuroscience clinical neuroscience should be on this list Cognitive and Neural Modeling Mailing List This new mailing list is used to advertise talks and discussions about cognitive and neural modeling at Vanderbilt To add yourself to the ccn modeling email list 1 Connect to list vanderbilt edu 2 log in with your vunet id and password 3 select Subscriber s Corner from the menu near the top of the page 4 search for ccn modeling in the Search for List box making sure you select Show All Lists 4 click the check box select subscribe from the option menu right below that and click Submit in the lower right corner of the page 5 wait for an email from the listserv 6 click the link on the email the listserv sent you as directed That should get you added to the ccn modeling list VVRC Mailing List This mailing list is used advertise talks and

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  • Setting Up Studies & Research Requisite Information | Psychological Sciences | Vanderbilt University
    Should Read Vanderbilt Academic Calendar Graduate Student Handbook The Graduate School Catalog Courses Combined BA MA in A S Psychology M Ed in Child Studies M Ed in Clinical Psychological Assessment M Ed in Quantitative Methods Undergraduate Program Psychology Arts and Science Psychology and Human Development Peabody Research Facilities and Resources Research Centers Training Grants Research Colloquia Study Set Up Research Requisites Participate in a Research Study News Events Overview Events Calendar News and Kudos Research News Vanderbilt Psychological Sciences Awards Reservation Calendar Resources Contacts Contacts For Faculty Events Calendar Participate in a Research Study Careers Home Research Setting Up Studies Research Requisite Information Setting Up Studies Research Requisite Information Click here for Sona Researcher Manual Click here for Department of Psychology paid subject forms information Information on how to compensate human subject participants required recordkeeping Click here for RCR training requirements information This is required for conducting research at Vanderbilt University Click here for IRB HSR training requirements information This is required for conducting human research at Vanderbilt University GO Share Quick Links Faculty Staff Openings Ph D in Psychological Sciences Participate in a Research Study Getting Research Experience Doctoral Program Concentrations Clinical Science Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Developmental

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  • Participate in a Research Study | Psychological Sciences | Vanderbilt University
    a Research Study Careers Home Research Participate in a Research Study Participate in a Research Study A variety of research studies are conducted by faculty research fellows graduate students and undergraduates in Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt This research includes a wide range of laboratory experiments and brain imaging studies on fundamental aspects of perception cognition and emotion A lot of this important research would not be possible without the participation of research volunteers In order to help interested research volunteers enroll in research studies in Psychological Science for course credit and for pay we utilize a web based research sign up system called Sona Systems After you register yourself as a new user and your account is set up and approved you will be able to view brief descriptions of studies in order to select which studies you would like to participate in The initial registration form and subsequent prescreening will take about 5 10 minutes for you to complete Paid Subjects Click here for information regarding participation in paid studies Subjects Receiving Course Credit All students who intend to sign up for studies in order to receive course credit for General Psychology or for credit in other Psychology courses should read the Sona Student Manual before setting up an account The Research Sign up System Connect to the Research Sign up System Sona Systems Watch tutorial here Getting Research Experience If you are interested in working in a lab as a researcher in Psychological Sciences visit this page A number of the studies are conducted in Wilson Hall There are two reserved parking spaces for research participants at the end of the parking lot behind Wilson Hall Please see your research contact for the parking pass Other studies are conducted in Jesup or Hobbs The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for

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  • News and Events | Psychological Sciences | Vanderbilt University
    Cattell Early Career Research Award The Cattell Early Career Research Award is named for Raymond B Cattell a founder of SMEP This award is an early career award given annually by the Society to a young researcher who has made outstanding contributions to multivariate experimental psychology and who shows promise of continued work of a very high quality The recipient need not be a member of SMEP Criteria for the award are as follows 1 outstanding contribution to multivariate experimental psychology 2 age 40 or younger or 10 years or less post Ph D 3 a minimum of one publication in a refereed journal Nominations are solicited annually from members of the Society and members then vote among the nominees to select a winner The winner of the Cattell Early Career Research Award is invited to the annual SMEP meeting to present an address and is also given an honorarium https smep org awards cattell MORE Events February 15 2016 Quantitative Methods Colloquium Series Joe Rodgers A Problem a Method and a Dataset Addressing Selection Bias in Social Science Research Using Sibling Control Methods with the NLSY Data Joe Rodgers Department of Psychology and Human Development Do small families create smart children or do smart parents make small families Do mothers smoking during pregnancy cause problem behaviors in their children or would the children of mothers who smoke have problem behaviors anyway Do smart teens delay age at first intercourse because of their intelligence or do other background factors cause smart teens and delayed AFI to co occur Does putting a child in day care cause child problems or are mothers who have children likely to have those problems more likely to use day care Challenges to internal validity the validity of causal inference abound in the social and behavioral science literature especially in quasi experimental design settings Tenuous causal directionality is often confidently asserted by methodologically sophisticated researchers and in many cases without apparent awareness of the threats to validity that exist Perhaps the most pernicious process contributing to this problem is the challenge of selection bias Methods to handle selection bias in quasi experimental research settings are in their ascendancy and include using covariates instrumental variable approaches and propensity score methods In this presentation I ll discuss a powerful design methodology that can be used to help address selection bias the discordant sibling design A data source with flexible longitudinal within family and cross generational data patterns is the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth which has three separate data sources the original NLSY79 sample the NLSY Children Young Adult Sample and the NLSY97 replication sample Using maternal sibling pairs from the NLSY79 sample and their biological offspring from the NLSY C YA sample we can control for most background sources of unobserved heterogeneity I describe the dataset and the design and then describe findings from a number of published and ongoing studies using this methodology to address selection bias and other threats to internal validity To anticipate several

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