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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!

Prof. Rebecca Burwell Named as Editor of 'Behavioral Neuroscience'

The American Psychological Association has appointed Prof. Rebecca Burwell as the Incoming Editor of the APA journal, Behavioral Neuroscience.

Prof. David Badre Awarded Young Investigator Award

The Cognitive Neuroscience Society has awarded its 2014 Young Investigator Award to Prof. David Badre. See the Society's website for more information about the award.

Humans and Rodents Face Their Errors

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.

Read more about this study at the Brown News site.