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Efficient Cognition: The Evolution of Representational Decision Making

Much human behavior is stimulus-free. While plants and many non-human animals respond reflexively to their present environment, our own actions are mediated by our ability to represent how the world has been and how it could be, and how we might alter it to achieve our goals. Philosophers who have explored the evolutionary pressures giving rise to representational cognition, such as Godfrey-Smith (1996) and Sterelny (2003), have emphasized the role played by environmental complexity. Armin Schulz suggests that an important part of this evolutionary story has been overlooked. He argues that representationally mediated behavior is adaptive because it is more cognitively efficient than reflex-driven behavior, under certain conditions.…

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NEW London Summer Neuroscience and Behavior Study Abroad!

There is a brand-new six-week summer study abroad to London, England where you will earn 6 upper-level NSBH credits. Classes will be 'Neuropharmacology of Great Britain' and 'Emerging Issues in Biomedical Ethics'. This opportunity is open to both NSBH majors and non-majors who are interested in neuroscience, from both the College of Science and the College of Arts and Letters. More info online at studyabroad.nd.edu

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Notre Dame psychologist explores ethnic identity and self-esteem with undergraduate research assistants in Vietnam

Anre Venter, director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology, designed a project to provide three Vietnamese-American undergraduate research assistants an opportunity to explore their identity in Vietnam. While research has been conducted in the area of ethnic identity development in minority groups, Venter believes little has been done in comparing the process of ethnic identity development within particular ethnic groups.

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Psychology professor to improve assessment testing for high school students

Ying Alison Cheng, associate professor of psychology and fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, will lead a $1.4 million project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences to develop the intelligent diagnostic assessment program (i-DAP) for high school statistics education. 

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Psychologist awarded $2.7 million grant to evaluate interventions to improve mental and physical health in maltreated children

Kristin Valentino is dedicated to understanding how adversity in early childhood — such as chronic poverty or maltreatment — can affect children’s mental and physical health later in life. And she wants to know how psychologists can best intervene and improve outcomes for those children. The William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Associate Professor of Psychology has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue exploring these issues in her latest project, “Pathways Linking Early Adversity and Support to Behavior and Physical Health.”

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4th Annual STEMentorship Program (The Association for Women in Science - Notre Dame Chapter)

The Association for Women in Science - Notre Dame chapter (AWIS-ND) is organizing the 4th annual STEMentorship Program. This program focuses on connecting undergraduate women in STEM fields with graduate students for professional development, networking, and an exchange of ideas with experienced peers. It provides an excellent opportunity to network, develop new skills, and explore career opportunities for individuals at early stages of their academic careers. In previous programs, STEMentorship facilitated mentorship and professional development to over 200 students at Notre Dame. Please see the attached flyer for more details.…

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