Grippo Lab, Northern Illinois University
Dr. Angela Grippo’s laboratory is located in the Psychology Department at Northern Illinois University (NIU).
Our research is focused on the interactions of stress, emotion, and the heart. Currently we are studying prairie voles, which are interesting rodents that engage in social behaviors similar to humans, including living in family groups and forming lasting social bonds. Our laboratory focuses on interdisciplinary, translational research.
Click the links on the left side of the page to view information about our ongoing research projects, publications, presentations, grants, people in the lab, and other related information.
About our Lab
The research methods that we use include:
- The study of behavior
- Changes in the social environment
- Stress responses
- Analysis of the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular system
- Analysis of the immune and endocrine systems
- The study of brain regions, neurotransmitters, and neurohormones
We have published several articles describing the research in the Grippo laboratory. The members of the Grippo laboratory include 3 psychology graduate students, a postdoctoral researcher, and several undergraduate research assistants working towards degrees in psychology, sociology, and biology.
Updated My 7, 2013
Goodbye to The Rachels
Rachel Murphy & Rachel Schultz
May, 2013: We are sad to say goodbye to Rachel Murphy and Rachel Schultz (The Rachels), but we are very excited that they are moving on to bigger and better things. Rachel Murphy is transferring to Penn State University to finish her undergraduate degree. Rachel Schultz has graduated and will soon begin the Master's in Counseling program at NIU. Congratulations!
NIU Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day
Elliott & Ashley
April, 2013: Congratulations to Ashley and Elliott for excellent presentations at the 4th Annual NIU Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day! We're proud of both of them, and an extra congrats to Elliott for winning an award at this conference! This conference, sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL), highlights undergraduate research. Several pictures from the event have been posted on the OSEEL's Facebook Page. An article about the conference can be found on the NIU Today website.
Animal Behavior Conference
Kristy, Ashley, Rachel M, Rachel S, Elliott, Wil
April, 2013: Several members of the lab recently attended the Animal Behavior Conference at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). This conference is sponsored by the Indiana University Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB). Congratulations to Ashley, Elliott, Rachel M, and Rachel S for their poster presentations at this conference, and an extra congrats to Elliott for winning 2nd place in the poster competition! Several pictures from the conference have been posted on the CISAB website.
New Blog Posts, The Wide Wide World of Psychology
April, 2013: The Department of Psychology at Northern Illinois University recently started a new blog via the online magazine Psychology Today. Our Wide Wide World of Psychology blog discusses several topical issues in the field. The latest article, written by Dr. Larissa Barber, is focused on the many benefits of sleep.