Grad student Linda Amarante seated next to a microscope and wearing a white lab coat. She is researching the brain’s frontal cortex and its role in reward-based decision-making with food.

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Softball and the Brain: Grad Student’s Sport Made Her Think About Choices

Linda Amarante is earning her PhD in behavior, cognition, and neuroscience.
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Human brain with cerebellum highlighted in yellow and orange.

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New Autism Research Highlights Brain Circuit of Interest

A new study on autism, first-authored by Associate Professor of Psychology Catherine Stoodley, appears as the December cover story of the journal Nature Neuroscience.
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Rat peering from start box of E maze.  A turn in one direction defines empathetic action; turning in the other direction provides an alternative outcome not requiring empathy.

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Are Rats Empathetic?

An AU lab has focused on creating a novel paradigm to directly test if rats choose empathetic action, and has worked on several studies on this.
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Sabrina Jones, PhD Student, Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCaN), works in a lab.

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The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience: Advancing Discovery and Scientific Training

The center supports an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity at American University.
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Kathleen Gunthert

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A to ZZZ's: Teens, Sleep, and Emotion Regulation

Associate Professor Kathleen Gunthert studies teens, sleep, and emotion regulation
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Nicole Caporino receives her award from Katherine Baucom and Michelle Craske

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Professor Wins Award for Excellence in Psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychology Nicole Caporino has received the first-ever Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Integration of Science and Practice from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
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Gratitude issues

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Feeling Grateful? No, Thanks!

Not everyone experiences gratitude in response to the generosity of others, according to new research by American University psychology Prof. Anthony Ahrens.
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Catherine Stoodley

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Changing the Brain and Watching it Happen

Recent advances in neuroscience have made it possible to modulate brain activity.
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Linda Amarante

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AU's Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

At American University, an active multidisciplinary neuroscience research environment is offered to both faculty and students and made possible through the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.
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