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Infants Use Prefrontal Cortex for Learning, Study Finds

Researchers have traditionally considered the prefrontal cortex, the portion of the brain responsible for higher cognitive activity, to be too underdeveloped in young children. However, a study by Prof. Dima Amso's Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory involving 8-month-old infants suggests this may not be the case. Read more about this work at UPI.

CLPS Researchers Among Team Testing Dementia Treatment

CLPS researchers William Heindel and Elena Festa, alongside researchers from Rhode Island hospitals, hope that transcranial magnetic stimulation will become the first successful treatment for frontotemporal dementia. Read more at the Brown Daily Herald site.

TA Applications Now Open for Spring 2017

You can apply to be an undergraduate TA in a Spring 2017 CLPS course with our online form. Appllications now open.

Brain Science at Forefront of Brown Scholarship Priorities

“Building on Distinction,” the University’s 10-year strategic plan launched in 2014, lists “Understanding the Human Brain” among seven themes of scholarship to be emphasized and invested in under President Christina Paxson’s P’19 administration. This designation is more than just a recognition of what is; it has implications for what Brown will become, said Provost Richard Locke P’17. Read more details about Brown's focus on the mind and brain at the Brown Daily Herald.

Brain Scan Method May Help Detect Autism

CLPS Professors Takeo Watanabe and Yuka Sasaki have collaboarted on a new method of using brain scans to distinguish between adults diagnosed with autism and people without the disorder, an advance that could lead to the development of a diagnostic tool. Read more in the Brown News press release.

Living in a Constant Din, Bats’ Hearing Remains Resilient

Bats need sensitive hearing to function effectively, yet live immersed in an intense clamor of sound. A new study by Prof. Andrea Simmons and her lab shows that the noisy background doesn’t reduce their hearing sensitivity, which is a rare immunity in nature.

Brown News has published two related features on this research:

CLPS to Host 2016 International Conference on Thinking

Brown University CLPS is pleased to sponsor the 2016 International Conference on Thinking. This conference brings cognitive scientists, psychologists, philosophers, decision-making researchers, and others together every four years to discuss the latest research and ideas about how people think. This August will be the conference's first foray outside Europe. For complete information, please see the ICT16 website.