News & Events

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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).


  • Jon Freeman, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, is featured on  Pacific Standard’s list of the 30 “top thinkers” under the age of 30.“

    "My work examines how we perceive other people through facial, vocal, and bodily cues, as well as how those perceptions are shaped by the larger social context,” Freeman tells Pacific Standard.

    Freeman, the director of the Social Cognitive and Neural Sciences Lab at Dartmouth, says, “Being able to shed...

  • Professor Peter Tse ’84 has won two PROSE awards from the American Association of Publishers for his 2013 book, The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation, which argues there is a physical pathway for choice in the human brain. Tse’s work, published by MIT Press, won the Award for Excellence in Biological & Life Sciences and was also recognized in the Biomedicine & Neuroscience category. The association names annual PROSE award winners among professional and...

  • ARTICLE TITLE: A Dual Operator View of Habitual Behavior Reflecting Cortical and Striatal Dynamics

    AUTHORS: Kyle S. Smith, Ann M. Graybiel

    To read article and watch video abstract, click here.

    SUMMARY: Habits are notoriously difficult to break and, if broken, are usually replaced by new routines. To examine the neural basis of these characteristics, we recorded spike activity in cortical and striatal...

  • Paper authored by Peter Tse and Alex Schiegel and published in the PNAS.

    We do not know how the human brain mediates complex and creative behaviors such as artistic, scientific, and mathematical thought. Scholars theorize that these abilities require conscious experience as realized in a widespread neural network, or “mental workspace,” that represents and manipulates images, symbols, and other mental constructs across a...

  • Description of a recent NSF grant awarded to Jeffrey Taube and collaborator John Phillips, Virginia Tech University.

    The recent discovery that rodents have a well-developed magnetic compass sense has stimulated interest in the neural mechanism responsible for detecting and processing magnetic information in mammals. The proposed research will use electrophysiological recording from individual neurons in the brains of free-moving Long-Evans rats to characterize responses to an earth-...

  • A recent study published by Andrea Robinson and David Bucci in the journal Neuroscience indicates that exercising during pregnancy can improve recognition memory in the offspring when they are tested as adults. 

    Physical exercise has been shown to improve learning and memory in humans as well as laboratory animals by inducing changes in brain function.  Prior studies in Professor David Bucci’s laboratory...

  • Dr. Travis Todd, a postdoctoral fellow in Professor David Bucci’s laboratory, has received the 2013 New Investigator Award from the American Psychological Association (Division of Experimental Psychology).  The New Investigator award is presented annually to an early-career author whose article was deemed the very best of the year by the APA journal editors or editorial boards.  Dr. Todd received the award for the article: 

    Todd, T. P. (2013). Mechanisms of renewal after the...