Congratulations to graduate student Kaileigh Bryne, winner of the Psychonomic Society’s 2016 Best Paper Award. Ms. Byrne is the lead author of the article, ”Dopamine, depressive symptoms, and decision-making: The relationship between spontaneous eye blink rate and depressive symptoms predicts Iowa Gambling Task performance. Her paper was co-authored with Dominique D. Norris (an undergraduate psychology major) and Professor Darrell Worthy. The Psychonomic Society will present the award at its annual meeting in Boston in November. Kaileigh’s article reported an investigation that found that persons with more depressive symptoms performed better on a decision making task, but only if they also had a high density of dopamine receptors. This study may stimulate further developments in our understanding of depression and the brain. Ms. Byrne’s graduate school career has been supported in part by a generous gift to the department by an anonymous donor.
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