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 May 2, 2014
Experimental Biology Conference
May, 2014: Neal and Wil attended the annual Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, CA. Wil presented a poster about our community outreach event at Amboy Elementary School, to celebrate Physiology Understanding Week, where we talked about science, the brain, and the heart with 4th graders. Neal gave an oral presentation and a poster presentation about our recent research focused on oxytocin mechanisms underlying social interactions and cardiovascular regulation in the prairie vole model.
NIU Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day
May, 2014: Ashley, Nalini, and Matt recently presented posters at the annual NIU Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day conference. This is an excellent event that highlights all of the great undergraduate research being conducted across campus. Nalini and Matt discussed our ongoing research focused on the benefits of exercise in protecting against social and environmental stress (in animals), and Ashley presented some research that she conducted with Dr. Barber's laboratory about counterproductive research participant behavior (in humans).