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Prof. Thomas Serre Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Thomas Serre, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty scientists. Serre’s CAREER work focuses on one important piece of the human visual puzzle: The mechanism through which we recognize objects.

Read more at the Brown News site.

AB Psychology Concentration Information Session: Tuesday, March 18

An information session will be held for all undergraduates interested in the AB Psychology Concentration on Tuesday, March 18, from 4:00-5:00pm, in room 305, Metcalf Research Building (CLPS Department) at 190 Thayer Street. Students unable to attend the session may contact Jack_Wright@brown.edu (AB Psychology Concentration Advisor)for more information, or contact Michelle_Ross@brown.edu to schedule an appointment.

Study Probes Attention-Memory Link in Children

When children engage certain attentional mechanisms, their IQ scores no longer predict how well they remember what they have seen, according to a new study by researchers in Prof. Dima Amso's lab, published online this month in the journal Cognition. Prof. Amso's Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory has been exploring “selective attention” for the past three years.

Read more about this study in the Brown Daily Herald.

Maze Puts Images on Floor, Where Rats Look

Visual acuity is sharpest for rats and mice when the animals are looking down. Researchers in the lab of Prof. Rebecca Burwell have found that rodents can learn tasks in a fraction of the usual number of repetitions when visual stimuli are projected onto the floor of the maze rather than onto the walls. Findings are reported in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Read more about this research at the Brown News site.

Study Reveals Workings of Working Memory

Brown University cognitive scientists in the lab of Prof. David Badre have identified specific brain regions that work together to allow us to choose from among the options we store in working memory. Findings appear in the journal Neuron.

Read more about this research at the Brown News site and also at Medical Daily.

Kids Talk, Scientists Learn at Mind Lab

In the Mind Lab at the Providence Children’s Museum, in conjunction with Prof. Dave Sobel, academic researchers and museum staff learn from the kids, who reveal much about how reasoning, learning, and metacognition develop.

Read more about this research at the Brown News site.

Chris Erb Awarded Peter D. Eimas Graduate Research Award

Chris Erb has been awarded the first CLPS Department Peter D. Eimas Graduate Research Award. The award will allow Chris to create a mobile reach tracking apparatus for use in developmental research outside the laboratory,  such as in the Providence Children's Museum. This will allow him to examine with precision the time course and confidence of decision processes in preschool-age children. Congratulations, Chris!