CONTACT:
Micah Sadigh, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Psychology
micasa@cedarcrest.edu
610-437-4471 ext. 3715

The 32nd Annual LVAIC Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference and The 8th Annual Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Conference

We are pleased to host this years' LVAIC and LVSfN conferences as part of Cedar Crest College's 150th Anniversary Celebration. The conferences will take place at Cedar Crest College on April 22, 2017. Registration opens at 8:30am in the Hamilton Boulevard Building (HBB; 2901 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA 18103) followed by a welcome from President Ambar, presentation sessions, poster sessions, and keynote addresses. Lunch will feature a discussion panel on career options featuring Cedar Crest College alumnae, and the day will conclude with a celebratory reception.

Schedule (subject to change)

8:30-9:00am Registration
9:00-10:00am LVSfN Alumnae Keynote Address: Sonia R. Weimann, Lehigh University
10:15-11:15am Morning Paper Sessions
11:30-12:30pm LVAIC Keynote Address: Debra Zellner, Montclair State University
12:30-2:00pm Lunch and Alumnae Panel
2:00-3:00pm Poster Session
3:15-4:15pm Afternoon Paper Sessions
4:15-5:30pm Alumnae Reception

To register and submit abstracts

Registration (for all planning to attend)

Abstract submission (for presenters)


LVSfN Alumni Keynote Address
Smoking and cocktail parties: Cholinergic modulation of interaural time disparity coding neurons in the mammalian auditory brainstem

Sonia R. Weimann
Lehigh University

Sonia R. Weimann Sonia R. Weimann earned her B.S. in Biology, graduating with honors from Cedar Crest College in 2009. While at Cedar Crest, she conducted an undergraduate research project in the laboratory of Dr. Audrey Ettinger, studying the role of somatostatin in aggressive behavior in Jack Dempsey cichlids and identifying the presence of behaviorally aggressive female fish in that species. She is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in the laboratory of Dr. R. Michael Burger. She was the recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship in 2009. Her current research focuses on the effects of cholinergic modulation on neurons in the superior olivary complex in the mammalian brainstem in a gerbil model. She has published research in the Journal of Neurophysiology, Bioacoustics, the Journal of Marine Biology and Ecology and the Journal of Ethology and has presented her work at the Society for Neuroscience and Association for Research in Otolaryngology conferences.

Keynote Address
Food choice and liking: Studying people where they eat

Debra Zellner
Montclair State University

Debra Zellner Debra A. Zellner received her BA in Psychology from Muhlenberg College and her MA and PhD in Psychology from American University, going on to postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania and the John B. Pierce Foundation at Yale University. She is currently Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Her research has been covered in such outlets as The New York Times, El Pais, The Smithsonian Magazine, and CNN. Her wide-ranging research interests include the liking and perception of food, cultural influences on food cravings, the influence of stress on eating, and contextual influences on hedonic judgments. Dr. Zellner has served as both Co-Executive Editor and Associate Editor of Appetite and is currently on the editorial boards of Appetite and Food Quality and Preference. She is a member of the Culinary Science Advisory Council of the Culinary Institute of America. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Psychonomic Society, and the Eastern Psychological Association where she served as President.

 


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