Author: Kendra Seaman (page 1 of 2)

RCCN – Achieving and Sustaining Behavior Change to Benefit Older Adults

Great experience at the first Research Centers Collaborative Network Workshop at the National Institute on Aging last week!

Slides and video clips from the workshop will be available soon here.

Maddox Fellowship Awarded

In August, I was selected as a Maddox Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The Maddox Fellowships were created in honor of Dr. George Maddox, a famous gerontologist and former Directory of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. The fellowships support academic programs in gerontology.

Pilot Grant Awarded

Just received funding from the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging for our project on social learning and trust formation with age. Looking forward to working with Brittany Cassidy and Jessica Cooper  on this project!

“New” Social Motives Questionnaire Published

Our manuscript describing the Social Motives Questionnaire (or SMQ) has been accepted at The Geronotologist.  This questionnaire, which has been more than twenty years in the making, quantifies the degree of information-seeking (IS) verses emotion regulatory (ER) motivations. Critically, the questionnaire has been developed and validated across adulthood and across cultures. Check it out!  

I made a web app!

Check out the interactive web app I made using R/Shiny to explore our D2 binding potential data:!

Shiny make it super-easy to convert your R code into an interactive app.

A preprint of related manuscript can be found here.

Also, thanks to my brother Kevin Seaman for helping me post the app to the interwebs!

Nanosymposium at SfN Accepted

The SfN Nanosymposium Human Cognition and Behavior: Decision Making and Cognitive Aging has been accepted. Excited to present along with Kameko Halfmann, Nichole Lighthall, Debbie Yee, Hui-Kuan Chung, Karolina Lempert, Jason Karlawish, Dibyadeep Datta, Natalie Ebner, Lieke de Boer, Ben Eppinger & Madeline Sharp.  Thanks for organizing Karolina!

Hiring a Research Coordinator!

­Duke’s Motivated Cognition and Aging Brain Lab (PI: Greg Samanez-Larkin) is currently seeking to hire a full-time Research Coordinator beginning in Summer 2018. The position is a minimum of a one-year commitment (­­renewable).

Our lab’s research focuses identifying psychological and neurobiological strengths at all stages of adulthood that can be used to enhance everyday decision making. Please see for more information on our lab’s focus and ongoing projects.

Primary responsibilities for the Research Coordinator will include (1) assisting with the design and implementation of behavioral, eye-tracking, and fMRI experiments, (2) recruitment and testing of human subjects, (3) coordinating volunteer research assistants, and (4) preprocessing and analysis of experimental data. The Research Coordinator will work closely with our senior postdoc, Kendra Seaman, on project management. However, our lab is a highly cooperative environment and the research coordinator can anticipate collaborating with others in the laboratory.

Job qualifications include a BA or BS in psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, data science, or a related field. Strong applicants from other fields may be considered. Excellent organizational, time management, problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills are required.

Preferred qualifications include prior experience with experimental design, programming of behavioral tasks, human subject data collection, and data analysis. Technical skills (e.g. Python, R, Unix) are also highly desired, but not required. Prior experience managing teams of people and/or an interest in psychological and neurobiological changes across adulthood is also a plus.

Individuals from backgrounds that are underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply.

For full consideration, please submit (1) a CV or resume and (2) a cover letter detailing research experience, interests, and technical expertise here by April 27, 2018.

Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Kendra Seaman (


Two Papers Accepted in Two Days!

Yesterday, our manuscript on subjective value representations across adulthood was accepted for publication by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and today, our manuscript on loss aversion and skew preference across adulthood was accepted for publication by Psychology and Aging!  Links to OSF pages for both projects above.

Optimizing Digital Health Interventions Funded! – January 2018

The MCAB Lab’s Using Neuroscience to Optimize Digital Health Interventions across the Adulthood interdisciplinary proposal has been funded by Bass Connections at Duke University.

Publication in CABN – October 2017

Our manuscript on skewed financial risk taking was accepted by Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience last week.  Manuscript is available here.  Also, check out our data and code on OSF.

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