Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Gabriela Rosenblau is in the midst of an international survey on decision-making during the COVID crisis. She is focusing on whether optimism bias — our belief in the probability of becoming infected — influences behavior like complying with social distancing guidelines.
As a professional matchmaker, psychology major Michelle Jacoby, BA ’87, uses her people skills to help D.C singles look for love in all the right places.
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Sarah Shomstein’s recent research examines how the brain processes the size of objects. The findings could aid in predicting performance for jobs involving visual search, such as air traffic controllers tracking small planes or radiologists analyzing scans. Shomstein's research was funded by the National Science Foundation and published in Nature Human Behaviour.
The Mothers and Babies Course empowers mothers in Tanzania and Kenya to identify and manage stressors. Studies have shown that adult depression is a major public health concern in the developing world. Parental depression can manifest in an inability to bond with the baby, poor monitoring of a baby's health and nutritional needs, and lack of early stimulation. Mothers who learn mood regulation skills forge stronger bonds with their babies and are in a better position to meet their child's needs.
The Mothers and Babies Course was originally developed by Ricardo F. Muñoz and Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le. Download the course manuals.
Applied Social Psychology Professor Lisa Bowleg’s interdisciplinary research team brings together doctoral students from GW and other major research universities to focus on improving mental and physical health outcomes for black communities that are underrepresented in social science research. Bowleg was awarded $3.7 million from the National Institutes of Health/National Institutes on Drug Abuse to support her research on reducing drug use among African American men.