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published on 26 February 2014
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.
published on 19 February 2014
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.
published on 14 February 2014
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.
published on 08 February 2014
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!
published on 24 January 2014
published on 08 January 2014
published on 22 November 2013
What happens when the brain recognizes an error? A new study from James Cavanagh in the lab of Prof. Michael Frank shows that the brains of humans and rats adapt in a similar way to errors by using low-frequency brainwaves in the medial frontal cortex to synchronize neurons in the motor cortex. The finding could be important in studies of “adaptive control” problems like obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, and Parkinson’s.