Department of Psychology News

Dinets’ Eurasian Birds Study in the News

Vladimir Dinets, research assistant professor of psychology, recently published a study showing that Eurasian birds are beginning to develop a presence on our continent, which could end up having a negative effect on native species. Several publications featured the work.

Hay’s Infant Language Development Study in the News

Jessica Hay, an assistant professor of psychology and director of UT’s Infant Language and Perceptual Learning Lab, has received a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how infants acquire language. The Associated Press and several media outlets featured the news including WATE-TV, the San Francisco Chronicle, Columbus, Indiana-based The Republic, WDEF in Chattanooga, and Nashville-based WSMV-TV.

Study: Invasive Brood Parasites a Threat to Native Bird Species

North Americans might be seeing new species of birds in certain areas of the continent in the near future. According to research conducted by a UT psychology professor, Eurasian birds are beginning to develop a presence on our continent, which could end up having a negative effect on native species.

Lewis is the Quest Scholar of the Week


Jioni Lewis, assistant professor of psychology, was recently named the recipient of the nationally competitive 2015 Carolyn Payton Early Career Professional Award from Division 35 of the American Psychological Association. Quest, the campus’s comprehensive research initiative, has selected Lewis as its Scholar of the Week.

Gordon Talks to MPR About Infidelity

Kristina Coop Gordon, a UT psychology professor who specializes in the study and treatment of relationship dysfunction, was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio on whether views on infidelity are changing in relation to the recent hacking of the Ashley Madison website.

UK Daily Mail: Now That’s Crocodile Rock!

The UK Daily Mail featured Vladimir Dinets, research assistant professor of psychology, in a story about predatory reptiles like crocodiles and alligators that sing to each other like birds do. The publication highlighted Dinets’ research that shows crocodiles and alligators have a talent for climbing trees. He observed crocodile species climbing trees on three continents–Australia, Africa

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BBC: Is the Himalayan Yeti a Real Animal?


The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently featured Vladimir Dinets, assistant research professor in the Department of Psychology, in a story about the Yeti, a mythical creature described as an enormous, shaggy ape-man with huge feet and aggressive sabre-like teeth. Scientists suggest various theories about what the creature is, ranging from a bear to an ape. “There are

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Another World-Renowned Scientist Joins Neuroscience Program


World-renowned neuroscientist Subimal Datta joined the faculty this spring. He comes to UT from the Boston University School of Medicine, where he was a professor of psychiatry, neurology, and behavioral neuroscience and director for the Sleep and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Laboratory.