We are excited to announce that the University of Alabama College of Education will soon start offering a B.Sc. Major in Educational Neuroscience. The undergraduate program in educational neuroscience was approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education on September 15th and by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees on September 21st. The program will be the first of its kind in the world and will start enrolling students in the Fall 2020 semester.
The UA Educational Neuroscience Initiative is hiring two tenure-track faculty to start in Fall 2019. Please see https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/43888 for the full description and application details.
Congrats to Dr. Laura Morett for being awarded two research grants to support her research on gesture processing in the NERD Lab!
Two of our students were recognized for their work in the 2018 UA ESPRMC Graduate Research Symposium:
Brian Rivera, second year PhD student in the Ed Psych / Ed Neuro program & the ELDEN Lab, won the Outstanding Paper Presentation Award, for his paper, titled "ERP Mass Univariate Analysis of Fraction Magnitude Comparison."
Nan Mu, second year PhD student in the Ed Psych / Ed Neuro program & the ECS Lab, received an Honorable Mention for her poster presentation, titled "Examining Neural Activation During Music Perception and Imagination Using EEG Signals."
Congrats to Brian and Nan!
Hyemin Han received a University of Alabama Level 1 RGC grant, titled "Why Do Some Stories of Moral Exemplars Increase Prosocial Behavior? —Neuroimaging Study." Here is the abstract for his study:
The proposed research project aims to study when and why people are motivated to emulate moral saints, heroes, and other exemplars by conducting neuroimaging experiments. The proposed research project will examine how different types of moral stories, attainable-relevant versus unattainable-irrelevant stories, differently influence motivational processes associated with moral and prosocial behavior among participants at the behavioral and neural levels. By comparing behavioral and neural influences between different types of moral stories, I intend to consider which type of moral stories can effectively promote prosocial motivation.
Congrats to Dr. Han for this great accomplishment!
Firat Soylu's research on numerical cognition was featured in a UA News article: https://www.ua.edu/news/2018/03/this-many/
The story was also picked up by several other news websites: