8 of our Psychology and Neuroscience Honor undergraduates, Emmie Banks, Adrienne Bonar, Yumei Chen, Cassidy Fry, Heather Ortega, Sarah Palasick, Logan Smith,and Lynde Wangler are the recipients of the 2017 David Bray Peele Award.

The Peele Award honors David Bray Peele, who received his Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Psychology in May 1975 and worked with Dr. Mark Waller on an Honor’s Thesis. He completed his graduate work at the American University in Washington. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Peele returned to North Carolina to work at the Neurotox Division at the Environmental Protection Agency. He used innovative behavioral methods in his research to demonstrate toxic effects in rats. Dr. Peele passed away suddenly in 1990. After his death, his family remembered how his Honors work at UNC Chapel Hill has opened so many opportunities for him and decided to an establish a fund that would bear his name. The Peele Award supports our undergraduate students in psychology and their Honors projects.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Award Winner

Honors Project
Emmie Banks
“The Effects of Sympathetic Nervous System Suppression and Baseline Inflammation on Moral Judgment”
Adrienne Bonar
“Relationships Between Introception, Emotion Regulation, Physiological Reactivity, and Dysfunctional Body-Based Beliefs”
Yumei Chen
“Relationship Between Self-Stigma and Severity of Mood Disorder and Educational-Level Among International Patients with Mental Health Concerns”
Cassidy Fry
“Cutaneous Perception and Physical Activity”
Heather Ortega
“How Cocaine Impairs Flexible Behavior: A Neuroscience Perspective”
Sarah Palasick
“Experimental Examination of the Effects of Fitspiration Images”
Logan Smith
“Effects of Changes in Affect on Ratings Using Checklists”
Lynde Wangler
“Effects of Gi DREADD in Dorsal Subiculum on Heroin-Induced Conditioned Immunosuppression”



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