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  • Presented by Randolph Blake, Centenial Professor at Vanderbilt University & Professor of Brain & Cognitive Science at Seoul National University, on September 26th, 2014. 

    Visual awareness seems to occupy center stage in our perceptual world, but is that just an illusion? To rephrase that question in a tractable form, what aspects of visual processing transpire outside of awareness? One very useful tool for answering that question is the beguiling phenomenon called binocular...

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  • Dave Bucci was awarded the Pavlovian Research Award at the annual meeting of the Pavlovian Society (2014), held this year in Seattle, WA. The Pavlovian Research Award is highly prestigious, and awarded for significant research accomplishments.

    For more information about the award, please visit: Pavlovian Research Awards
     

  • Land O'Lakes, Inc., and the Land O'Lakes Foundation announced September 3 it will invest $25 million in University of Minnesota academics and Gopher Athletics. This is one of the largest single corporate commitments in the University's history and the largest commitment ever made collectively by Land O'Lakes, Inc. and the Land O'Lakes Foundation.

    As part of the landmark gift, the organization pledges $2.5 million to establish the endowed Land O' Lakes Chair in Marketing, a position to...

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  • The Society for Neuroscience Professional Development Committee has selected Alessandro Pizzo as a Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) Fellow.  Alessandro is currently a graduate student in Professor David Bucci’s laboratory.  As an NSP Fellow, Alessandro joins 14 other graduate trainees from across the country who will participate in  career development and networking opportunities to promote their future success.  Fellows will be paired with a mentoring team consisting of a senior mentor,...

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  • An important aspect of memory is the ability to recall the physical place, or context, in which an event occurred. For example, in recalling emotionally charged events such as the September 11 terror attacks or the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we remember not only the event but also where we were when it happened. Indeed, in discussing such events with others, we often ask, “Where were you when … ?” Processing “where” information is also important for mundane events such as...

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  • Dr. Travis Todd, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Professor David Bucci’s laboratory, has received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.  Dr. Todd’s grant, entitled “Cortico-hippocampal Contributions to Context and Extinction Learning,” will focus on how a part of the brain known as the retrosplenial cortex (RSC) is involved in forming memories about fear-provoking stimuli.  Importantly, this work will also emphasize the neural substrates of fear extinction...

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  • Female politicians’ success can be predicted by their facial features, especially in conservative states where women with more feminine faces tend to do better at the ballot box, a Dartmouth-led study finds.

    The results suggest women’s electoral success requires a delicate balance between voters’ perception of traditional femininity and political competence. The study appeared in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science and included researchers from UCLA and...

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  • Smith laboratory was awarded a 3-year research grant from the Whitehall Foundation. The award is to fund a project called “Brain Pathways for Adaptive Goal Seeking”. The project will use electrical recordings and optogenetics technology to understand how the brain makes goals valuable, and how that value can shift depending on internal states like changes in appetite. 

    Whitehall Award Description: The Whitehall Foundation is a not-for-profit...

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  • Poster Title: "Head direction cell activity in the dorsal striatum and medial precentral cortext requires intact anterodorsal thalamic nuclei." 

    "Max L. Mehlman, congratulations on being one of the winners of the 2014 Graduate Student Poster awards! As you may know, every year we contact the winners of the graduate student poster event & competition to request their winning poster for our display of Dartmouth student research posters in Kresge Library. This gallery also includes...

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  • Peter Tse ’84, professor of psychological and brain sciences, is among 178 scholars, artists, and scientists in the United States and Canada awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 2014.

    The fellows are selected “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise,” according to the foundation. Tse, who holds a PhD in cognitive psychology from Harvard, is the author of The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation (2013).

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