Mechanisms of Learning Across Development and Species Training Grant

Child"Mechanisms of Learning across Development and Species” is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA) Training Grant co-directed by Drs. Patricia Bauer (Cognition and Development program) and Robert Hampton (Neuroscience and Animal Behavior program). Psychology faculty collaborate with faculty from other departments and the Neuroscience Graduate Program to provide new and unique training opportunities for graduate students across programs. The training grant provides three years of stipend and other expenses for two new fellows each year. Fellows will receive enhanced training through explicitly multidisciplinary research experiences spanning stages of development, subject species, or both. They will be advised by both their primary mentor and a co-advisor who studies a different age group or species. Fellows are required to enroll in the Mechanisms of Learning Project, a seminar course that emphasizes improvement of writing and other professional development. Each year, students in the seminar host the Mechanisms of Learning Forum, an intimate and interactive conference involving investigators and graduate students from other universities. Requests for applications are made annually in the spring. Applicants may also be awarded an Emory College Collaborative Research Catalyst Award in Neural and Behavioral Mechanisms of Learning, supported by the Dean of the College. To learn more, please visit our Mechanisms of Learning website.

Some examples of projects funded through
this grant include:

Lauren Aulet (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Perception of Numerosity and Object Size in Canine Lupus Familiaris

Vlad Ayzenberg (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Medial axis structure supports three-dimensional object recognition across development

Emily Brown (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Wild cognition: Memory systems in free-ranging birds

Kelly Chong (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Auditory Perceptual Learning in Maternal Recognition of Infant Cries

Jessica Dugan (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Metacognition and Self-Generation of New Knowledge in Humans and Monkeys

Charles Ferris (Emory College Collaborative Research Catalyst Fellow)
Applying big data analytic approaches to episodic memory

Matthew Graci (Emory College Collaborative Research Catalyst Fellow)
Data mining the mind: Investigating linguistic indices of psychological health

Ana Marie Hoffman (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Component Processes Involved in Memory Integration

Frederick Kamps (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Two streams for scene processing: normal and unusual development

Arthur Morrissette (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Investigation of Sensorimotor Learning Mechanisms Through Analysis of Dynamic Activity in Portico-Basal Ganglia Circuitry

Andrea Pack (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Muscular coordination in song learning

Ahmed Roman (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Multiple modes of reinforcement learning in worms and birds

Robert Thorstad (Emory College Collaborative Research Catalyst Fellow)
Seeing Causality: Neural Mechanisms of Causal Perception

Alison Weiss (Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow)
Impaired cognitive processes associated with memory loss after neonatal perirhinal lesions in rhesus macaques

Fellows and Catalyst award recipients may apply for funding for an undergraduate mentee. Emory College Undergraduate Research in Neural and Behavioral Mechanisms of Learning Award, supported by additional funds from the Dean’s office, provide funding for an undergraduate mentee and research assistant to work 10 hours a week in the fellow's laboratory.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Rob Hampton at or Dr. Patricia Bauer at