Center for Advanced Behavioral Research (CABR) activity is centered around the core themes of cutting-edge research in psychology, often interlinked with other academic disciplines.
Main areas of the research at PRC include:
Edel Marie Sanders, PhD, EdM, MA
Fueled by her fascination with the workings of the developing mind, Edel earned two master’s degrees (MA, EdM) from Columbia University after graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from that same institution. Following research at Columbia University’s Arts Education Research Center in New York, which documented the impact of music education on inner city children’s academic performance and self-esteem, Edel attained her PhD in Education and Cognitive Psychology at the University of Cambridge while focusing on the cognitive links between musical learning and mathematical achievement, such as proportional understanding. While there, she joined the Centre for Neuroscience in Education lab and the INSTRUCT (Implementing New Student and Teaching Resources Using Cognitive Theory) research group.
Post-doctoral work supported field research at the Comparative Cognition lab at the University of Cambridge, which investigated individual traits and social learning in the natural environment of wild jackdaws. Dr. Sander’s subsequent research returned to humans, and in cooperation with the National Institute of Mental Health in the Czech Republic, much of this examines intergenerational posttraumatic stress and growth in three generations of WWII Holocaust survivors. In addition to publishing in this area, recent publications examine burnout syndrome and lifestyle in teachers as well as work integrity through the lens of multiple variables.
Future research interests include exploring cross-species consciousness and cognition, altruistic learning in children, as well as cognitive and wellbeing enhancement through music, mantra, mindfulness and other therapeutic interventions.
In June 2023, the Psychology School Research Lead, Dr. Edel Sanders was appointed a lifelong Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The Oxford website notes that: “The Fellows are appointed for their outstanding contribution to the field of animal ethics worldwide… The process of selection is rigorous, painstaking, and frequently lengthy, and individuals… Read more >
Dr. Will M. Dennis coauthored a recently published study in which the more general hypothesis that people who share some positive individual-difference trait are more alike than those who do not (The Convergence of Positivity Hypothesis) was tested and supported by empirical evidence. In the article, the authors speculate about why this pattern might exist… Read more >
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