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Student Research Profiles

How to Earn a PhD: Perform Puppet Shows

April 13, 2015

Do babies see the difference between kind and unkind behavior? Do they prefer nice people over mean ones? Do they make ethical judgments? And how can anyone know what babies are thinking, when they are too young to talk? Arber Tasimi (Psychology)... read more

More Coffee, Less Melanoma

April 13, 2015

It turns out that coffee may be good for you, according to a study that was published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Lead author was Erikka Loftfield (Public Health), who defended her dissertation in February. She and... read more

Black Lives Matter in 18th Century British Art, Too

January 23, 2015

History of Art students Meredith Gamer and Esther Chadwick (with Cyra Levenson, associate curator of education at the Yale Center for British Art) co-curated “Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain,” a... read more

Jason Zentz: Questioning Questions for Linguistic Insights

December 2, 2014

Jason Zentz (Linguistics) studies syntax (sentence structure) and morphology (word structure) in the Bantu language family, which includes some 300-500 languages spoken throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa. More specifically, Jason studies the... read more

Tracing the History of the Universe

December 2, 2014

Distant galaxies show astronomers how the universe and our own galaxy evolved. Astronomy students Erica Nelson and Joel Leja are members of a team that is teasing out the early history of the universe by looking at distant galaxies... read more

What Can Dogs Teach Us about Teaching?

June 5, 2014

Angie Johnston (Psychology) has been interested in how the mind works since she was a little girl doing studies with her chocolate Labrador, Ginger. “I would try saying words she knew, like ‘treat,’ ‘sit,’ and ‘outside,’ in different... read more

Don’t Judge a Book by Its (Lack of a) Cover

April 7, 2014

The physical makeup of an old book tells an important story. When stage plays were published in Shakespeare’s day, they were usually printed as small, quarto-size playbooks, in a “stab-stitched” form without traditional bindings. Scholars... read more