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 November 17, 2013
PhUn Week Amboy Central School Visit
November, 2013: Several students and faculty from the Grippo Lab and the Neuroscience and Behavior training area visited Amboy Central School to talk with 4th graders about the brain and the heart. Our visit was part of PhUn Week (Physiology Understanding Week), hosted by the American Physiological Society. This annual event spreads the word about science and physiology, and encourages young children to consider careers in science.
STEM Science Camp
Inspecting brain tissue
July, 2013: Several students and faculty gave demonstrations to high school science campers during their stay at NIU for the STEM Career Exploration Science Camp. The campers had a chance to learn about research on behavior, stress, and cardiovascular function in prairie voles, memory and spatial navigation in rats, and comparative brain anatomy. Thanks to Josh, Neal, Wil, and Elliott, and Dr. Doug Wallace for a great day of demonstrations!