Ventura Receives APA and APF Awards


Juan Ventura, a Cognitive and Brain Sciences Ph.D. student, won the 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Travel Award and the American Psychological Foundation (APF) Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarship. The APA Travel Award gives $300 to 100 students that are presenting research at the 2017 APA National Convention. Of those 100 students, the top 7 submissions are selected for the APF Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarship and awarded an additional $300. The title of Juan’s poster is "Cognitive Abilities in Non-Musicians and Musicians: Does Musicality Matter?" and investigates the relationship between working memory, fluid intelligence, and musicality. The study was completed with Juan’s advisor, Dr. Emily Elliott, and collaborators in the LSU Music Cognition and Computation Lab, Dr. Daniel Shanahan and David Baker.  The study was funded by the LSU Department of Psychology’s Strategic Research Grant, a $1000 award given annually to several graduate students. 

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