Melanie receives a Bass Connections pilot grant to support her thesis study which will enroll individuals with low levels of depression and anxiety (who are currently excluded from our neuroscience research) into our study on health behavior change.
Over Duke's 2018 Fall Break, five undergraduate neuroscience majors and three recent undergraduate alumni traveled to Philadelphia to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroeconomics, an international meeting of scientists doing research on the neuroscience of decision making.
The conference is regularly attended by graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members from the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, but this was the first year that a group of Duke undergraduates were in attendance.
It’s not often you hear undergraduate students studying statistics described as “surprised and enthusiastic,” yet that’s just how Gregory Samanez-Larkin, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, says his students reacted to a semester-long project on health and well-being. Using FitBits to track real-world activity, the professor and his students were able to gather valuable personal data that they could anonymously incorporate into their classwork.
While most students bring their assignments back home in a notebook, some are wearing their classwork on their wrists. For his Statistical Methods in Psychological Science course, Gregory Samanez-Larkin, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, has distributed FitBit devices to each student for the duration of the semester. Data collected from the devices—which track the wearer's physical activity—will be utilized as a part of the class's curriculum.