Workgroups

Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience Work Group

Director: Brett Clementz

The Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience Group is an interdisciplinary group that studies behavior and/or cognition from a neural systems perspective. The research programs may take a “top down” or a “bottom up” approach. In the former approach, the whole organism is studied to understand underlying mechanisms (i.e., such as basic neural systems or circuits mediating behavior, sensation or cognition), whereas in the latter approach, the focus is on uncovering the larger functional role of a specific gene, neuronal population, or circuit. Areas of interest include sensation and perception, affective disorders, compulsive behavior and cognition. Subjects employed in these experiments range from rodents to capuchin monkeys to humans. Research methods include brain imaging in animals or humans.

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Relationship Science Work Group

Co-Directors: Anne Shaffer & Malissa Clark

The Relationship Science Workgroup convenes scholars interested in relationship science (broadly construed to include romantic relationships, family relationships, workplace relationships and others). The purpose of this work group is to foster transdisciplinary collaboration and relationship-focused research at UGA. The Relationship Science Group seeks to identify UGA faculty interested in relationship science and support collaborations, promote the visibility of and engagement with relationship science on campus, and provide a forum for graduate students from multiple disciplines to observe and get feedback on research in progress, identify potential mentors, identify thesis and dissertation funding sources, and get feedback on grant applications to support predoctoral and postdoctoral research.

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Violence Work Group

Co-Directors: Jody Clay-Warner & Karen Calhoun

The Violence Group provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary interaction in response to research opportunities and research funding in the interrelated areas of intimate partner violence, workplace violence, school violence, bullying, sexual exploitation, sexual violence, and family violence. The group plans to work collaboratively with other centers and work groups to examine contextual influences, interventions, and consequences of violence in human relationships. The focus will be on better understanding the causes, consequences, and solutions for interpersonal violence in its many different manifestations.

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Computational Social Science Work Group

Co-Directors: Dawn Robinson & Angela Yao

The Computational Social Science Work Group provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration among faculty and graduate students interested in formal and analytic approaches to modeling social processes and phenomena. The group welcomes scholars across the disciplines focused on the challenges and opportunities afforded by the increasing availability of massive quantities of complex, digital data about human activities over time and place as well as scholars using mathematical models and computer simulations to theorize about social behavior.

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