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Grad News

As the Grad PR, my mission is to update the department on recent news & events that happen to graduate students. I will thus be providing information on the latest research milestones and achievements of Psychology graduate students, and will keep everyone posted throughout the year.

January & February | Archive of 2020 News

January & February 2021


Cassie Eng was awarded Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences 2020-2021's Graduate Presidential Fellowship.

Paper submissions & Preprints

  • Pierre Gianferrara submitted a paper entitled "Cognitive & motor skill transfer across speeds: A video game study" to PLoS One.
  • Keela Thomson submitted a paper entitled "The (effort) elephant in the room: What is effort, anyway?" to Perspectives on Psychological Science in January.
  • Krista Bond published a preprint of her paper entitled "Dynamic decision policy reconfiguration under outcome uncertainty."
  • Stephanie Permut submitted her paper entitled "How close is too close: The effect of near-losses on subsequent risk taking" to Psychological Science.
  • Cassie Eng submitted her paper entitled "Longitudinal Investigation of Executive Function Employing Behavioral, Observational, and Neurophysiological Multimethodology" to Developmental Science.

Research progress

  • Roderick Seow has received feedback from the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition and is now addressing the reviewers' comments before resubmitting his manuscript.
  • Krista Bond has received feedback from eLife and is now addressing  the reviewers' comments before resubmitting her manuscript.
  • Patience Stevens designed and posted an online experiment to investigate how different characteristics of complex words impact the speed with which skilled readers recognize them.
  • Jeanean Naqvi has received minor revisions from Social Psychological and Personality Science for a paper entitled "Harmonious relations: Relational interdependence moderates affective reactivity to interpersonal stressors".


Cassie Eng was invited to give a talk at Stanford University's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR). The name of the talk was "Technology-enhanced Exercise as a Context for Fostering Executive Function and Prefrontal Cortex Development".

Dissertation defenses

Anita Delahay completed her Ph.D. defense and successfully became Dr. Delahay! Thesis title: "Prior Knowledge Consistently Explains Novices’ Domain Learning, but Not the Prior Knowledge We Think: The Case for Ancillary Prior Knowledge".


  • Michael Granovetter attended the NINDS Curing the Epilepsies meeting as a Junior Investigator Travel Award recipient.
  • Michael Granovetter presented posters at the SfN Global Connectome event and at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference.
  • Cassie Eng submitted two papers to the 43rd Cognitive Science Society Conference. The first one is an eye-tracking study on attention and comprehension in children and the second one evaluates the construct and criterion validity of a cognitive game-based assessment in the context of cognitive control.


The outreach program has been mentoring a middle school psychology class where students design, run and interpret their own studies. The program started on March 1st and is continuing until March 18th.


Cassie Eng and Robert Vargas created and filmed a Virtual Tour of the Psychology Department to give visiting students a feel of the department and our community here at CMU.


The 4th year cohort would like to make a special announcement for an upcoming event.


Have you ever wanted to give a ridiculous presentation that was ALMOST scientific... but not quite? Well your time has come! Stay tuned for more about this summer’s inaugural Methodologies for Emergent Communal Hemispherectomies As a Nonparametric Identity Self-Measurement (MECHANISM) Conference*, slated to happen some time in the first two weeks of June 2021. This conference is open to any and all members of the CMU Psychology department, including staff, postdocs, graduate students, and faculty members. Presentations should be between 5 and 10 minutes, though you may be creative about the presentation format. Spread the word and start brewing your ideas! Future emails will provide additional information regarding submission procedures and deadlines.

(Though of course, please remember to be respectful and sensitive with your presentations or topics. Silly does not mean offensive!)

-Jeanean Naqvi, Krista Bond, Patience Stevens, and Phoebe Dinh MECHANISM 2021 Program Co-Chairs

* formally known as the Conscious Representational Interactionism during Nativist Goal-oriented Emergence (CRINGE) Conference


Congratulations to all the grad students for their outstanding accomplishments and research progress! We wish you all the best for the second part of the Spring semester.

Stay tuned for the next research updates!