An Update from Yale

Chris Hague '11 and Emily Simpson '11, the first two students selected for the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, are spending this semester plus the summer immersed in research and courses at the Yale Child Study Center, a division of Yale Medical School. Greeted by a fierce winter even by New England standards, Emily and Chris have acclimated well to life in New Haven. A recent update from both students offers a glimpse into their lives and what they are experiencing.

From Chris:  Thus far I am enjoying my research at Yale. I am participating in several studies. For the majority of January, I helped Dr. Crowley on an emotional recognition study in which a face morphed from a neutral expression to an emotion and the subject had to detect the emotion as quickly as possible. I am now designing a study on OCD looking at approach and avoidance learning and theta waves. Pretty exciting stuff. Hope all is well on the mountain.

From Emily:  Emily has been enjoying the unending variety of restaurants and food, while diving into an equally expansive array of projects in the lab. She has been working on a parenting study called 'Simulated Baby,' which she plans to present at Scholarship Sewanee. She is excited about learning to use new coding software to analyze the footage of mothers responding to infant distress. She also quickly became proficient with the new water-based EEG nets, and now runs visits for a pilot study known as Flower, involving the lab's recent foray into video games and EEG. Between visits, she is writing a review paper under the guidance and mentoring of Michael Crowley, Ph.D.. Her favorite place to eat is Miya's, a fantastic fusion sushi restaurant just down the street from her apartment. She misses being on the mountain and can't wait to visit.

Additional information on and application materials for the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program are available. Applications for the Summer 2011 and Fall 2011 Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program are due by March 7, 2011.