News & Events

  • Assistant Professor Meghan Meyer joined the PBS Faculty in July, 2017.  She completed her Ph.D. at UCLA and post-doctoral training at Princeton University.  Professor Meyer’s research focuses on integrating social and cognitive neuroscience to understand what drives our ability and need to think about the social world around us.  Using brain imaging and behavioral methods she aims to answer questions such as: How do we juggle multiple social cognitive demands on the fly? How do we learn and...

  • The Scientist magazine featured PBS Assistant Professor Kyle Smith as a "Scientist to Watch" in their November 2017 edition.  Professor Smith joined the faculty at Dartmouth in 2013, and research in his lab focuses on reward response and habit formation.

    From The Scientist article:

    "When Kyle Smith was a kid, he didn’t like science. “I didn’t do very well” in the subject, he says. As an undergraduate at Indiana University, he initially saw himself going into film or...

  • Each time we get feedback, the brain is hard at work updating its knowledge and behavior in response to changes in the environment; yet, if there's uncertainty or volatility in the environment, the entire process must be adjusted. A Dartmouth-led study published in Neuron reveals that there's not a single rate of learning for everything we do, as the brain can self-adjust its learning rates using a synaptic mechanism...

  • September 20, 2017 by Office of Public Affairs

    Research links cortical thinning over time to the ability to consider others’ intentions.

    When it comes to the concept of fairness, teenagers’ ability to consider the intentions of others appears to be linked to structural changes in the brain, according to a study led by Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Luke Chang.

    The research...

  • On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, a one-day symposium will bring together leading researchers for talks and discussion on the developing brain and behavior.

    The young brain is simultaneously endowed with infinite potential and resiliency, while also extremely vulnerable to physical and emotional insults that can have long-lasting negative consequences. This symposium will highlight cutting-edge neuroscientific research that is being brought to bear on long-standing questions regarding...

  • A recent study conducted by the Dartmouth Social Intelligence Laboratory led by principal investigator Associate Professor Thalia Wheatley was featured in an article in the Daily Mail (UK).  As the article describes, "using eye-tracking technology, researchers have found collective pupillary synchrony between speakers and listeners were greatest during emotional peaks of a narrative -...

  • Jin Hyung Cheong from the Chang Lab in PBS was one of five students to receive an award for his poster at the annual Dartmouth Graduate Poster Session.  In all, 57 graduate students shared their work at the session.  Read more about Jin's research and the other poster session winners in the full article at the Dartmouth News site, Graduate Poster Session Celebrates Students' Research....

  • Congratulations to PBS graduate students Nicole DeAngeli and Sarah Herald who both received 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards.  Nicole is a PhD candidate in Professor David Bucci's lab and her research focuses on the role of the retrosplenial cortex and postrinal cortex in learning and memory.  Sarah is a PhD candidate in Professor Brad Duchaine's lab and her research focuses on higher-level vision and social perception.  Of the 2,000 NSF Fellowships awards for 2017, three...

  • Announcing the 31st Annual Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth College!

    Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
    Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center

    This day-long even highlights neuroscience research contributions at Dartmouth and features expert talks, a poster session, a panel discussion, and a keynote lecture.  Free and open to the public.  Lunch will be provided.

    For more information, to register, and/or to submit a poster abstract visit:...

  • Researcher David Bucci flips the neural switches to replicate an “adolescent brain.”

    January 10, 2017 by Bill Platt
    Originally published in the Dartmouth News.

    As parents of a teenager can tell you, adolescents don’t always think about risks before they act, whether it is venturing onto thin ice on a dare or spending the weekend watching an entire Star Wars marathon...