Professor Terry Blumenthal named APS Fellow

by on February 8, 2018

Professor Terry Blumenthal was recently recognized as a  Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.


“Fellow status is awarded to APS Members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application.” (APS website)

Dr. Terry Blumenthal has worked with the startle reflex for many years, and he advises and consults with labs all over the world in how to use startle in their research. Some of the recent questions and applications for which Dr. Blumenthal has advised other labs, all involving the startle response, include:

–          A better diagnostic for tinnitus (“ear ringing”)

–          Predicting the probability of a second suicide attempt in first-attempt survivors

–          Using plants to decrease stress in astronauts living in space habitats

–          Making atrial defibrillators less painful

–          Protecting information processing in telephone and online marketing environments

–          Keeping grey seals away from commercial fish feeders

–          Decreasing the pain of dental procedures

–          Information processing changes in cocaine addicts

–          Effects of divorce during childhood on subsequent anxiety sensitivity in adulthood

–          Police officer reactions during and after a gun-related incident

–          Mindfulness as an inoculation against anxiety


Congratulations for this well-deserved honor!



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