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 February 22, 2015
Congratulations, Dr. McNeal!
February, 2015: Congratulations to Neal, who successfully defended his dissertation last week! Neal is the first student to receive his PhD in the Grippo Lab at NIU. His dissertation research focused on the role of serotonin in mediating the association of social stress, depressive behaviors, and cardiovascular dysfunction. We're proud of you, Neal!
Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference 2014
December, 2014: Congratulations to Matt and Ashley for their excellent presentations at the 6th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference! This conference attracted a very large audience, including several classes of high school students who came to learn about research. An extra congrats to Matt (and Josh, who created the poster), who won an award for his presentation at the conference!