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.
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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 graduate students working toward MA and PhD degrees in psychology with a specific focus on neuroscience and behavior; as well as several undergraduate research assistants working towards degrees in psychology, sociology, and biology.
Updated November 4, 2019
Research Presentations, Fall 2019
Fall, 2019: Congratulations to several Grippo Lab members who presented research at recent conferences! Marigny and Tang attended the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Ore attended Society for Social Neuroscience, and Ore and Tang attended the Society for Neuroscience Conference. Great job on your presentations highlighting various ongoing projects in our laboratory, including studies of stress and development, social and parental behavior, exercise, and vicarious stress. We also appreciate the presentation from our collaborators at the Naval Medical Research Unit in San Antonio, headed by Lt. Neal McNeal (previous Grippo Lab member), who attended the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and Society for Neuroscience. Lt. McNeal and his team presented some of our new research using the prairie vole model to investigate the benefits of social bonding on responses to injury.
Grippo Lab, Summer 2019
Summer, 2019: Thanks to everyone in the lab for your hard work on our research projects!