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 24, 2014
February, 2014: Josh, and several additional members of the Neuroscience and Behavior area, attended the annual AAAS meeting in Chicago, IL. Josh gave a poster presentation about his experiments using prairie voles to study the vicarious transmission of stress and the effects of social buffering on stress coping.
The Wide Wide World of Psychology
January, 2014: If you haven't seen it, check out the NIU Department of Psychology's blog, The Wide Wide World of Psychology. This blog is hosted by the online magazine Psychology Today. The topics vary, and include things such as stress, sleep, bullying, learning, and New Year's resolutions, among others. This month's article is about the benefits of exercise on the mind and body.