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Ellie Wallace and Shannon Sweeney, graduating seniors in Psychology and Neuroscience, are the recipients of the 2018 Dashiell-Thurstone Prize.

The Dashiell-Thurstone Prize is awarded each year for the best senior honors thesis, as judged by a faculty committee. This award is named in memory of two significant figures in the life of the Department of Psychology: John Dashiell, who founded the Department in 1920, and Leon Thurstone, who founded the Psychometric Research Laboratory in 1953, which later became a significant component of the Department.

Ellie, working with her mentor Dr. Keely Muscatell, won for her outstanding senior honors thesis, titled “Self-Disclosure and Liking Across Groups.” Shannon, working with her mentors, Drs. Heather Hazlett, Joseph Piven, and Jessica Cohen, won for her outstanding senior honors thesis, “Cerebellar Volumes in School-Age Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fragile X Syndrome.” Ellie and Shannon was honored at the Psychology and Neuroscience Commencement Ceremony on May 13, 2018.

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