Psychology Colloquium: Examining the Interplay of Socio-contextual Experiences and Biology

Speaker: Leah Doane, Arizona State University

Title: Examining the Interplay of Socio-contextual Experiences and Biology: Examples from stress physiology and sleep

Abstract:  A long history of research in the field of psychobiology has considered the implications of social interactions for emotion- and stress-sensitive biological processes. Investigators are also increasingly exploring socio-contextual and cultural processes in psychobiological research. In this talk I will present evidence from a longitudinal study of the transition to college supporting “WISE” incorporation of biological and socio-contextual measures in developmental research. These studies examine moment-to-moment and day-to-day dynamics among perceived stress, social connections, affect, physiology and sleep over the transition to college and the role of stress physiology and sleep in the development of psychopathology. The implications of findings across multiple time courses and contexts will be discussed in relation to new directions in my research predicting successful academic transitions and trajectories for ethnic minority populations.

Faculty Host: Rebecca  Ryan

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

ICC Auditorium
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Georgetown College, Psychology


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