ADA — A Crestview graduate is the head research assistant for an Ohio Northern University professor.
Mackenzie Riggenbach, a senior from Van Wert, will help ONU associate professor of psychology Phillip Zoladz, who earned a $418,620 grant from the National Insitute of Mental Health for a project, “Stress, sex and the genearlization of fear.”
The three-year project aims to gte a better understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder. The project also includes Boyd Rorabaugh, an ONU professor of pharmacology and cell biology.
“Being involved in this lab has provided me with the necessary skills to run a research lab while in graduate school,” Riggenbach said in a press release. “I am interested in this area of research regarding stress effects on learning and memory because it is extremely applicable to the real world. Everyone experiences some form of stress throughout the day. Thus, it is interesting to investigate how stress can impact an individual’s ability to learn and remember information.”
Riggenbach also received a $1,500 grant from Psi Chi, the international psychology honorary society, for her research project proposal, “The effects of stress that is temporally separated from forced confabulation of information on false memory development.”