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  • The 2018 Leaton Lecturer, Rebecca Burwell, visited PBS on Friday, November 16.  Professor Burwell is a Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience.  Despite an early season snow storm, her lecture entitled "The Neural Bases of Spatial Context: Beyond the Hippocampus" was well attended.  While she was in...

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  • Travis Todd, a Research Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has received a four-year K01 research grant through the National Institute of Mental Health. The research will utilize cutting edge neurophysiological methods to investigate how fear and fear reduction are encoded within the brain. The research is highly relevant to public health, since fear-related disorders are among the most prevalent forms of mental illness and cost billions of dollars to  treat each year....

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  • October 03, 2018  by Amy Olson
    Original article available on the Dartmouth News site.

    Playing violent video games is associated with increases in physical aggression over time in children and teens, according to a Dartmouth analysis of 24 studies from around the world involving more than 17,000 participants. 

    The...

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  • Senior Lecturer John Pfister, longtime instructor in Psychological and Brain Sciences, has received the Dartmouth 2018 Dean of the Faculty Teaching Award.

    From the Dartmouth News article by Hannah Silverstein:

    Each year, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences recognizes exemplary members of the faculty for their contributions as scholars, teachers, and mentors. In 2018, 12...

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  • PBS Assistant Professor Kyle Smith has received a 5-year R01 research grant through the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.  The grant will fund studies related to brain circuit mechanisms for reward cue attraction.  A core symptom in addiction is an excessive motivational reaction to environmental cues that have been associated with drug use. The proposed research will use state-of-the-art technologies to characterize brain mechanism by which such...

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  • MIT neuroscientist Pawan Sinha will speak at Dartmouth next week about his work in India with the Prakash Foundation, which combines scientific inquiry and social service.

    Project Prakash identifies children and young adults who are blind from birth because of treatable causes, usually congenital cataracts, and provides treatment that restores their sight. Sinha’s scientific work examines how these children and young adults learn to see once their sight is restored—how they learn to...

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  • The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College seeks applications for up to two tenure/tenure-track appointments (open rank) effective July 1, 2019. Applications are invited from individuals who have exhibited excellence in research and are able to provide high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are interested in candidates whose research lies within traditional foci of social psychology/neuroscience as well as those whose research bridges...

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  • Authors: Guo Jiahui, Hua Yang, and Bradley Duchaine

    People with developmental prosopagnosia (DP) have extremely poor face recognition and even have problems recognizing the faces of family and close friends. Jiahui Guo and colleagues carried out a comprehensive investigation of the neural basis of DP by comparing brain responses to multiple visual categories in DPs and people with normal face processing. The DPs showed widespread abnormalities in areas specialized for face processing...

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  • People are preoccupied with themselves. We spend a lot of time talking about ourselves in conversation, posting about ourselves on social media, and even thinking about ourselves when we should be paying attention in class.  Assistant Professor Meghan Meyer and Matt Lieberman (UCLA) revealed a brain mechanism that biases people toward self-focus, providing the first neural explanation of why people frequently circle back to themselves.

    PBS Professor Meghan Meyer's recent paper...

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  • Join us for the 32nd Annual Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth College!

    This day-long event 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 to those who have registered by the registration close date. For more information and to register to attend visit: http://sites....

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