- Tiffany A. Ito
- Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
- Center for Neuroscience
Research in the CU Social Neuroscience Lab
Our lab uses a social neuroscience approach to study the mechanisms that underlie complex social processes. This approach uses an interdisciplinary, multi-level perspective to understand the interplay between neural systems and social processes in determining behavior (Ito & Cacioppo, 2001, 2007). Our research integrates theories and methods from social psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience to study issues related to stereotyping, prejudice, person perception, drug addiction, and recovery from traumatic brain injury. Our methods include event-related brain potentials (ERPs), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), measures of autonomic nervous system activity such skin conductance and heart rate, facial electromyography (EMG), and behavioral measures.
Use the links at the left to learn more about the work in the lab.
Recent Lab News
Spring 2013: Congratulations to Anna Gitarts on completion of her senior honors thesis. Her project recently culminated with a fantastic oral defense. Congratulations to Sarah Grover, who was just awarded a Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant to support her research on stereotype threat. Congratulaitons to Keith Senholzi, who was selected to attend the 2013 Summer Institude in Social Psychology and Personality at UC Davis.
Fall 2012: Congratulations to post-doc Jane State, new Director for the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline at the Computing Research Association.
Jane Stout and Tiffany Ito's paper with CU Physics colleqagues Steve Pollock and Noah Finkelstein How a gender gap in belonging contributes to the gender gap in physics participation was named a finalist for the best paper award at the Physics Education Research Conference. CU Social Neuroscience lab at the Society for Psychophysiological Research annual meeting: Lab members Erika Henry, Keith Senholzi, Jane Stout, and lab alumnus Jeni Kubota all gave talks at the recent SPR meeting.
Congratulations to post-doc Chris Loersch, winner of the ISCON 2011 Best Paper Award for The situated inference model of priming: An integrative account of construal, behavior, and goal priming, co-authored with Keith Payne. Tiffany Ito is a Partner Investigator on Lenny Vartanian and Eric Vanman's new grant from the Australian Research Council on intergroup emotions and prejudice toward obese people.
Summer 2012: Post-doc Chris Loersch and lab director Tiffany Ito have received funding from NIAAA to study how alcohol advertising and marketing affects adolescents' attitudes and behaviors. This
project is a collaboration with Bruce Bartholow (PI), Paul Bolls, and Scott Saults at the Universty of Missouri.
Keith Senholzi's first year research project was accepted for publication at Social Cognitive and Affecive Neuroscience.
The Social Neuroscience Lab is happy to have former undergraduate research assistants Holly Gerber and Vicky Grunberg join the lab as full time research associates.
Spring 2012: Jane Stout was awarded a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in STEM Education for research examining the effects of belonging on gender differences in STEM participation.
The Social Neuroscience Lab welcomes Nick Planet to our longitudinal study of adolescent marijuana use.
Fall 2011: See coverage of our research on closing the gender achievement gap in STEM in the APA Monitor.
Summer 2011: The Social Neuroscience Lab welcomes 2 new post-docs and 3 new PRAs this summer. Welcome to Chris Loersch, Jane Stout, Kevin Brown, Caitlin Miner, and Kismet Smith.
Summer 2011: Tiffany Ito was awarded a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in STEM Education for further research on interventions that reduce gender differences in performance in college physics classes.