Another new faculty position for Eliza

As of July 1, the Bliss-Moreau Laboratory has moved to the Department of Psychology (although is physically staying put at the California National Primate Research Center.  Eliza is now an Assistant Professor in Psychology.  Additionally, she was appointed as a Core Scientist at the Primate Center.


Eliza will be accepting graduate students for the next cycle (to begin in Fall 2017).  She is currently associated with three graduate groups – Psychology, Neuroscience, and Animal Behavior.

Eliza’s new faculty position

It’s finally official! Eliza has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health and Reproduction and the California National Primate Research Center as an Assistant Professional Researcher (which is University of California speak for Assistant Professor of Research).  Her appointment began on Sept 1, 2015, although was just approved in February.  The lab will be taking graduate students during the 2016-2017 application cycle (to begin in Fall of 2017).  We’ll also actively be recruiting postdocs and other research staff.  If you’re interested in joining the lab, please be in touch.

Anthony Santistevan Presents!

Congrats to Anthony who presented his first poster at the Society for Affective Science meeting.  Anthony’s work is on the structure of emotion and he has used his sharp quant skills to call into question some of the fundamental tenets of emotion theory.

Nice professional photo:


And of course, this is what happens when cued with “behave like you do in the lab”:


Gilda Moadab Presents!

Congrats to Gilda who presented her first scientific poster today on how autonomic nervous system activity is influenced by ketamine.

First a nice professional picture of Gilda with her poster:IMG_4008

And because this is how Team Affect rolls…


Collaboration with the Oakland Zoo

Team Affect has been working with the Oakland Zoo over the past year to design a program to study affect in some of their charges.  Today we took a major step forward by recording psychophysiology in one of their giraffes, Mr. Benghazi (Ben for short, and in my mind, to avoid a politically charged name).  It was a wonderful morning and it would have been completely untenable without the incredible hard work of the amazing giraffe care staff, led by Amy P, who have worked tirelessly with Ben to get him used to the electrodes and leads. Thank you team, and thank you Ben.  We have so much to learn about species in other branches of the phylogenetic tree.


Ben reaches his multicolored tongue out for some wheat bread that we used as a reward for staying still during data collection.

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