Andrew Gallup Co-Authors Peer-Reviewed Research Article

Andrew Gallup of the Psychology Department co-authored a research article with collaborators in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology and Neuroscience at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. The paper is entitled “Acute physical stress modulates the temporal expression of self-reported contagious yawning in humans” and was just recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. The reference and abstract are provided below.

Eldakar, O.T., Tartar, J.L., Garcia, D., Ramirez, V., Dauzonne, M., Armani, Y., & Gallup, A.C. (2017). Acute physical stress modulates the temporal expression of self-reported contagious yawning in humans. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. doi: 10.1007/s40750-017-0060-5.

A growing number of studies on non-human animals have documented that stressors modulate the expression of yawning. In particular, recent experimental research shows that yawns are initially inhibited following physical stress, but then become potentiated thereafter. However, stress-induced yawning in humans has yet to be demonstrated experimentally. Here, we investigated the temporal relationship between self-reported contagious yawning and an acute physical stressor in 141 human subjects in the laboratory. Using a 2×2 between-subjects design, participants either underwent the cold pressor test (CPT) or a matched control condition prior to viewing a contagious yawning stimulus that was either displayed immediately thereafter or following a 20-min delay. Consistent with the comparative literature, we show an interaction between stress and time conditions, whereby both the incidence and frequency of yawning are lowest in the immediate-CPT trials and highest in the delayed-CPT trials. These findings support a homologous effect of acute physical stress on yawning across birds and mammals that may be related to an adaptive thermoregulatory and arousal function.

Andrew Gallup Co-Authors Research Publication With Undergraduate Students

Andrew Gallup of the Psychology Department co-authored a research article with Janine Militello, Lexington Swartwood and Serena Sackett (all current or former SUNY Oneonta undergraduate psychology majors) that was just published in the February issue of the American Psychological Association (APA) peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Comparative Psychology. The paper is entitled “Experimental evidence of contagious stretching and ingroup bias in budgerigars (Melosittacus undulatus).” Our results show that stretching behavior was temporally clustered in this species only when the birds could see one another, corroborating previous observational findings supporting contagion. Additionally, for the first time, we show an ingroup bias in this response. That is, while the overall frequency of stretching did not significantly differ as a function of conspecific familiarity, contagious stretching was only present when cage mates were paired together. These findings are discussed in relation to recent research studying social cognition in this species.

New Student Services Seeking Qualified Orientation Leader Applicants

Do you know a student who you think would make an excellent Orientation Leader?  New Student Services is looking for students who have a love for SUNY Oneonta and can make a positive impact on our newest students.  You can either send them the link to apply ( or email their name to  Deadline to apply is February 26, 2017.

Call for Presenters – SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC)

SURC brings together undergraduate student researchers and faculty mentors from across the SUNY system for a full day of activities, including sessions devoted to student presentations (oral, performance, artistic displays, and poster), luncheon with keynote speaker(s), a SUNY Graduate School and Career Fair, and professional development workshops for students and for faculty. SURC East 2017 will be hosted at Suffolk County Community College on Friday, 21 April; and SURC West 2017 will be hosted by SUNY Fredonia on Saturday, 22 April.

Student presentations are welcome from across all fields represented by SUNY Oneonta’s five schools. Information on how to participate is available here. Students interested in presenting must submit abstracts on-line by February 17, 2017, and will be notified of the results in early March. The deadline to register for the conference is March 3.

The cost of attendance (registration fee and travel) for student presenters will be covered through the generous support of the D’Antonio Travel Fund (College at Oneonta Foundation); and the Grants Development Office (GDO) will sponsor attendance by faculty mentors. Participants can choose to present at either SURC East on April 21 or SURC West on April 22. Registration and travel arrangements will be coordinated through the GDO.

Link here for more information on SURC, including logistics and schedules. Contact Kathy Meeker with questions or for additional information.

James Ebert co-convenes workshop at Tennessee State University

James Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, was co-convener of a workshop entitled “Strengthening Geoscience Competency for HBCU Pre-Service Teachers” held at Tennessee State University in Nashville, February 2–4. Sponsored by the NSF-funded STEP Center InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future), the workshop brought together teams of education and STEM faculty from nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities to explore ways to increase the geoscience literacy of pre-service teachers. Increasing the geoscience knowledge of pre-service teachers is essential so that they may be better prepared to address the Next Generation Science Standards and various derivative state standards based on NGSS. The problem of geoscience literacy is especially acute at HBCUs because none of these institutions have geoscience departments. Details of the workshop are available at



SUNY Oneonta student athletes host Annual Kids in Sports Day to record numbers

SUNY Oneonta student athletes, representing men’s and women’s soccer, women’s and men’s lacrosse, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and field hockey hosted over 120 children ages 5-11 for the annual “Kids in Sports Day”.  The numbers this year were the highest ever for the event, as SUNY Oneonta Athletics continues to synergize with the surrounding communities. The event took place on Saturday, January 28th in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House and the Chase Physical Education Building from 10:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

SUNY Oneonta has been hosting this event for 18 years now and it continues to be one of the highlight community service occasions for the athletics department. “Serving the community is a year-round athletic department commitment and I am proud that our coaches and student athletes give time enthusiastically to serve children during our annual “kids in sports day”.  We get as much as we give and always look forward to the event,” said Athletics Director Tracey Ranieri.Read More »