We are excited to announce the award of a new R01 grant from the National Institutes of Aging, titled "Tracking autobiographical thoughts: a smartphone-based approach to identifying cognitive correlates of Alzheimer's disease biomarkers and risk." This 5-year project is co-led by Dr. Jessica Andrews-Hanna and Dr. Matt Grilli, and involves a collaboration with many wonderful faculty at the University of Arizona, Banner Alzheimer's Institute and TGen.
In her short article titled Lessons About Learning, Teodora summarized some key insights from this year's two symposiums at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society's conference. You can read her work on the CNS blog.
Congratulations to Jonah and Quentin who received this year's prestigious Galileo Scholarship, and to Liza who was accepted to a undergraduate summer neuroimaging program at Boystown University!
April was a whirlwind month of poster presentations! Our Post-Docs Teodora & Erin their research presented alongside graduate students Andrea, Eric and Quentin at this year's Cognitive Neuroscience Society's conference. Graduate student Mariam presented her poster at the Cognition and Aging Conference. Caity, Jonah & Hannah presented their projects virtually at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and three of our honors students made a splash at UA's Honors Pinnacle: Hannah presented her honors thesis project while Heather & Sheridan presented their 1st year Honors Projects. Whew!
Teodora discusses the neuroscience of aging and how we can promote healthy cognitive aging on the podcast In Plain English: Science Made Simple, Episode 6. Take a listen here!
Caity and Hannah presented their posters at the 33rd annual Undergraduate Biology Research Program's Conference: "Emotion Regulation vs. Internal Focus as Predictors of Negative Mood State Recovery" (Caity) and “Age-Related Differences in Resting-State Cognition: An Adapted Think-Aloud Paradigm” (Hannah).
NPR interviewed Dr. Andrews-Hanna about the link between mind-wandering patterns and depression/other mental health concerns. Listen to the interview here!
Kate Chambers was awarded Outstanding Senior of 2021 by the UA Psychology Department. Congratulations Kate!
Photo: all of the 2021 UA College of Science Outstanding Seniors & their mentors. Kate: front row in the red dress. Dr. Andrews-Hanna: Back row, furthest to the right.
Quentin & Dr. Andrews-Hanna interview with NPR about the advantages of our "Think Aloud Paradigm" and how quantifying characteristics of thought as they develop over time can help us understand mental health. Listen to the interview here!
Quentin’s paper “The think aloud paradigm reveals differences in the content, dynamics and conceptual scope of resting state thought in trait brooding” was accepted to the journal Scientific Reports! Read more about the findings here.
Photo: Eric and Hannah presented their posters at the 2021 Annual Alzheimer’s Consortium: “Evaluating the Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Factors on Real-World Autobiographical Thought – A Mind Window Study” (Eric), and “Age-Related Differences in Resting-State Cognition: An Adapted Think-Aloud Paradigm” (Hannah).
Greetings to Mariam Hovhannisyan, a first-year PhD student who has joined the lab!
Photo: enjoying some lab-wide excitement to be back in-person after a tumultuous virtual year!
A big congratulations and heartfelt goodbye to Chris Griffith who is off to pursue graduate school at the University of Colorado, and a welcome to Caity Cegavske as the lab’s new Coordinator.
The NET Lab welcomes Teodora Stoica, a Post-Doc from the University of Louisville who has ventured west to analyze the neuroimaging data from our Alzheimer’s study.
Katherine Richard joined our team as the Project Coordinator for the CLOSE study. Welcome Katherine!
Erin’s chapter “Putting the “Me” in “Mentalizing”: Multiple Constructs Describing Self Versus Other During Mentalizing and Implications for Social Anxiety Disorder” is published as a chapter in the book The Neural Basis of Mentalizing. (See publications page)
Andrea and Eric were selected as winners of the University of Arizona Psychology Department’s 2021 M.A. poster session for their posters entitled “Individual Differences in Loneliness and Depression Modulate the Neural Response to Social Rejection” (Andrea) and “Modeling the Connection between Psychological Well-Being and How We Think in Everyday Life” (Eric).
Our CLOSE neuroimaging study was awarded a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to explore how difficulties in romantic relationships can affect mental health and well-being.
Drs. Jessica Andrews-Hanna and Matthew Grilli were awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Aging (R56AG068098) entitled “Tracking autobiographical thoughts: a smartphone-based approach to the detection of cognitive and neural markers of Alzheimer’s disease risk.”
Photo: lots of laughs at our end-of-the-year White Elephant Party.
The NET Lab is excited to host Professor Donna Rose Addis during her visit to UA to deliver a colloquium for the Cognitive Science Program.
Visiting student from Barcelona, Neus Miqel Giner, arrives for the Fall semester!
AJ Olsen presents her summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium project at a conference.
The NET Lab wishes Ramsey Wilcox farewell to pursue graduate school at the University of Illinois, and welcomes new lab research coordinator, Chris Griffith.
Erin Mamaril and Kayla Santamaria Cazarez present their Undergraduate Honors Thesis projects on depression and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy!
Sylvia Zarnescu, Nadia Anais de Stefano, and Mauricio Serna present their posters at UA’s undergraduate research fairs
Graduate student, Andrea Coppola, awarded a Research and Project (ReaP) Grant from the University of Arizona!
Photo: Kayla, Nadia, Tania, Sylvia and Jessica gave 4 outreach workshops on the science of imagination for ~100 Tucson families as part of the College Academy for Parents program at UA.
Postdoc Erin Maresh awarded a Varela grant from the Mind & Life Foundation!
Ramsey presents his research on temporally-oriented thinking at the Psychonomics Society. Way to go, Ramsey!
The NET Lab welcomes Dr. Erin Maresh (a postdoc), 2 new graduate students (Andrea Coppola and Eric Andrews), and two new motivated undergraduate students (Rohith Boyilla and Sylvia Zarnescu).
Photo: Undergraduate student, Mauricio Serna, presents the summer research project he conducted in the NET Lab at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium conference. Way to go, Mauricio!
Kayla, Erin, Nadia and Jessica gave 4 outreach workshops on the science of imagination for ~100 Tucson families as part of the College Academy for Parents program at UA. They left inspired by the creative kids and their families!
Graduate student, Quentin Raffaelli, is awarded 5th place in the entire university at the University of Arizona’s Grad Slam! He gave a fantastic 3 minute publicly-accessible talk on his research on creativity. Way to go, Quentin!
Photo: The NET Lab gets together for a potluck. Some folks went on a beautiful sunset hike at Sabino Canyon before it began. Left to right: Quentin, Haley, Jess, Sydney, Jess AH