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New Study Shows Memory Consolidation During Sleep

CLPS researchers Masako Tamaki and Yuka Sasaki have published a new paper that shows the mechanisms for consolidating motor memory while sleeping, versus while awake, are quite different. While it doesn’t demonstrate that one is better than the other, it does provide further evidence that sleep may be necessary for some types of learning.

This paper has received quite of bit of media coverage:

New Book from Prof. Phil Lieberman: The Unpredictable Species

Professor Emeritus Phil Lieberman has published a new book, The Unpredictable Species. Prof. Lieberman argues that the human brain evolved in a way that enhances our cognitive flexibility and capacity for innovation and imitation. In doing so, he challenges the central claim of evolutionary psychology that we are locked into predictable patterns of behavior that were fixed by genes, and refutes the claim that language is innate.

Jason Scimeca, CLPS Grad Student, Wins Presidential Teaching Award

Congratulations to Jason Scimeca, CLPS graduate student, who has been awarded Brown's 2012-2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching!

Published in Science: Mapping Brain Activity to Read Dreams

"The science fiction trope of reading another person’s thoughts may be one step closer to reality, thanks to recent developments in research related to the decoding of dreams. In a study published last Thursday in the journal Science, a joint team of researchers from Japan and Brown used a machine-learning paradigm to decode the brain activity of subjects during early sleep stages and reliably determine the content of their dreams."

Masako Tamaki, in the Laboratory for Cognitive and Perceptual Learning, is a co-author of this new article in Science.

Read more in the Brown Daily Herald coverage. You can also view the research article's abstract or full text in locations with access to Science content.

Romer Award for Excellence in Advising Won by Prof. Jack Wright

CLPS Professor Jack Wright has been chosen this year to receive the Karen T. Romer Award for excellence in advising.  This award was instituted several years ago thanks to a generous gift from the family of Brown trustee Marty Granoff.  The purpose is to recognize faculty members who have shown exceptional dedication, imagination, and commitment in their mentoring of undergraduates. Congratulations Professor Wright!

Prof. Fiery Cushman Awarded Wriston Fellowship

Brown has recognized Professor Fiery Cushman by awarding him the 2013-2014 Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship. This award honors young faculty who are fulfilling Brown's diual mission of excellence in both teaching and research. Professor Cushman was remarked as standing out not only for his innovative teaching but also the range and originality of his scholarly accomplishments to date.

Seed Grant Awarded to Prof. Sheila Blumstein

Professor Sheila Blumstein has been awarded a 2013 Research Seed grant. These competitive internal University grants are distributed directly to faculty researchers and are administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).