Wednesday, October 30, 2013



SAVE THE DATE: Friday, November 15

Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute presents:


Friday, November 15, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University

Open to all students, physicians and healthcare practitioners with an interest in the field of Neurosciences Research.

Free event. Registration required.

Register at:

Cornelia Isabella Bargmann, PhD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, The Rockefeller University

"Using Fixed Circuits to Generate Variable Behaviors"


"Mapping the Long-Term Memory Trace," Todd Sacktor, MD, Distinguished Professor of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neurology, SUNY Downstate

"Magnetogenetics: Remote Stimulation of Cells using Nano Particle Heating," Arnd Pralle, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, SUNY Buffalo

"Mapping the Functional Output of Newly Generated Neurons in the Adult Neural Circuit," Shaoyu Ge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, SUNY Stony Brook

"Functional Mapping of Human Brain Cells," Jian Feng, PhD, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, SUNY Buffalo

"Thalamocortical Pathways and Visual Cortical Maps," Jose-Manuel Alonso, MD, PhD, Professor, Graduate Center for Vision Research, SUNY College of Optometry

"Functional Mapping of the Human Brain," Gerwin Schalk, PhD, Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center; Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, SUNY Albany

"Flexible Electronics: Applications to Brain Mapping," James Turner, PhD, Research Scientist, Department of Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, SUNY Binghamton

"Brain-Wide Glymphatic Waste Drainage Quantified by Integrative PET-MRI," Helene Benveniste, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Radiology; Vice Chair for Research, Department of Anesthesiology, SUNY Stony Brook

"Astrocytic GABA and Alzheimer's Disease," C. Justin Lee, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Radiology; Vice Chair for Research, Department of Anesthesiology, SUNY Stony Brook

Breakfast and lunch provided.

Register at:

If you require a disability-related accommodation, please call (631) 444-9975.

Stony Brook University/SUNY is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What does your Halloween Costume mean?

If you are dressing up this Halloween click this link and find out how what you are wearing might tell you something about yourself! ( a cigar, just a cigar?)

Deep Brain Stimulation

Here is an interesting article regarding the use of Deep Brain  Stimulation in the treatment of depression.

Feel free to use as a research topic for your second paper (follow same rules for research papers)..........

Monday, October 28, 2013

Extra Credit-Part II



Students can choose from either this one or the previous post in terms of doing extra credit for the final exam: 

Join us for an informative guest lecture co-sponsored by

Psychology Club and Psi Beta


Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC

Clinical Director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) will be lecturing on


 treatment modalities for

individuals with alcohol and drug dependence




educational pathways for students interested in working in the field of alcohol and substance abuse treatment.


When:  Wednesday, November 13th



Where: Southampton building, room H30


All are welcome!


Suffolk County Community College Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Psychology Department Event


Understanding the Neurobiology of Addiction

Psychology students can earn extra credit for the final exam by attending one of two events that will be held  in the upcoming months. Information on the first one is below:

The neuroscience underlying the core symptoms addicts exhibit.

This presentation will include the most current brain imaging research explained with brain scans of addicted individuals.


NOVEMBER 6th at 11:00 am

Room H22


Dr. Patricia Woicik PhD

Prof. Joy Bolger, M.S. LMHC
In order to receive the extra credit, students can attend the seminar (and sign in with me). Summarize the lecture and submit by 11/20/2013.
Please ask if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


As you know, first papers are coming due and we are closing i n on the Mid-Term. A few suggestions to assit you thorugh this busy time!

  • For papers, review syllabus and blog and make sure you meet all the assignment requirements. Many students lose points becuase they did not follow assignment directions (i.e. APA format, handing in peer-reviewed artcle)

  • Exams: I will reserve time to review with you in the class for the exams. With the review, you will need to bring in questions that you would like me to answer. The quality and extensiveness of the review will depend on you!!!

  • Practice Tests: I strongly encourage you to give yourself a practice test before taking the exam. Excellent practice questions can be found on MyPsychLab and textbook websites!

  • Please make sure you bring a scantron and pencil to the exam!

  • Remember: The exam is closed once the first student completes the exam so please be on time!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Dangers of Pseudoscience

The following article is an excellent review of the importance of the scientific method. It is a good review as to why Psychology insists on research as the basis of development for psychological theories.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Here is what you need to do for extra-credit for Mental Health Awareness Day!

Students in my Psychology Classes can obtain up to 7 points of extra credit on the mid-term exam by doing the following:
1) Attend one of the lectures

2) Obtain one additional resource on the topic of the lecture

3) Complete a summary paper of the topic and information from the source

All the same requirements of the writing assignments apply (i.e. APA format).

Stress and Dementia

As you may know, there is a great deal of concern in our society revolvign around dementia, the most common form of which is Alzheimer's. The article below looks at the connection between stress and dementia.....

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Dear Colleagues,


I would appreciate your assistance in informing students about the Ammerman Campus Counseling Center's Mental Health Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 9th, from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm in the Babylon Student Center.  The complete schedule of events is as follows:


PRESENTATIONS at 9:30am, 11:00am, and 12:30pm, all in the Babylon Student Center: 


·         “Dating Violence & Domestic Violence 101” at 9:30am, Old Field Room (Shannon Rigney, SCCADV)

·         “Anger Management in the 21st Century “at 9:30am, Orient Point Room (Steve Pinto, Life Center)

·         “The Biology of Addiction” at 9:30am, Mildred Green Room (Professor Mike Mangino)

·         “Heroin: The Long Island Epidemic” at 11:00am, Montauk Point Room (Steve Chassman, Clinical Director, LICADD)

·          “GLBT 101” at 11:00am, Orient Point Room (LIGALY)

·         “Veterans: Diagnoses, Treatment, & Suicide Prevention” at 11:00am, Mildred Green Room (Nancy Olsen, VA Medical Center)

·         “Enhancing Inner Peace Through Yoga” at 12:30pm, Mildred Green Room (Professor Angela Strynkowski)



9:30am – 1:30pm:  Tables staffed by representatives from:


·          Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (domestic violence, sexual assault and other issues)

·          John T. Mather Eating Disorders Program

·          Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (SCCADV)

·          Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD)

·          Response of Suffolk County (crisis intervention and suicide prevention)

·          Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY)

·          National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

·          FEGS Positive Space Program (HIV and mental health)

·          Federation of Organizations (mental health services for individuals and families)

·          Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center (mental health and suicide prevention)


Raffles:  Students can win prizes, including a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, by attending presentations, visiting tables, and participating in other events.


This program is co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities/Student Leadership Development.


Thanks for your help in spreading the word on this important program.   




Tom Tyson, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Student Services/

Director of Counseling


Wednesday, October 2, 2013


A major part of the field of Psychology is psychotherapy. Over the past few years, a major debate has emerged as to the most effective way to treat psychological disorders. In geneal, there has been a shift towards the use of psychotropic medication as opposed to psychotherapy. The current article discusses some of the issues involved with this debate.

Feel free to use this as a possible topic for one of your papers!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Papers/Another Resource:

A number of people have begun to ask questions about resources for the upcoming papers. An additional resource you can use is on the Suffolk library Website and is called LibNet. The following link will take you there and has great information about APA as well as databases to obtain peer-reviewed artciles from:

Other helpful tips for the paper include:
· Follow all assignment directions: Make sure you review the course syllabus and have met all the basic requirements of the assignments

· Make sure that you cite appropriately and use APA FORMAT- lack of citations can lead to issues with plagiarism

· APA format does not have to include all the “sections”-this is only when you are conducting an experiment!

· Absolutely no assignments are due after the due date

  • If you submit the paper to me with enough time before it is due, I will review it and give you suggestions on how to improve you grade.

  • The Library and Writing Center are excellent resources as well!

Please see me if you have any questions.