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published on 05 September 2013
Brown University is launching five research projects on the neuroscience of attention and related disorders, part of a new COBRE Center for Central Nervous System Function. The new center, designed to launch research careers for junior faculty, pairs each junior faculty member with a senior mentor. The Center is funded by a five-year, $11-million federal grant. Prof. Sheila Blumstein will serve as Deputy Director of the center.
In this center, Prof. Dima Amso will study the development of visual selective attention, the process by which the brain focuses on what’s relevant instead of on distractions. She will look at healthy development and how it is disrupted in autism spectrum disorders.
Additionally, Prof. Joo-Hyun Song, will study how multiple neural systems in the brain work together when someone selects one target over distractors such as deciding to pick up a one object vs. another that differs in color. Mentor: Sanes
Read more in the Brown press release.
published on 03 September 2013
A information session will be held for all 1st and 2nd-year students interested in the AB or ScB Psychology Concentrations on Wednesday, Sept 4, from 4-5PM, in room 305, Metcalf Redsearch Building (CLPS Department). Students unable to attend the session may contact Jack_Wright@brown.edu (AB Psych Advisor) or Dima_Amso@brown.edu (ScB Psych Advisor) for further information.
published on 21 August 2013
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:
published on 29 July 2013
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.
published on 23 April 2013
Congratulations to Jason Scimeca, CLPS graduate student, who has been awarded Brown's 2012-2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching!
published on 10 April 2013
"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.
published on 05 April 2013
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!