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  • 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...

  • New Dartmouth study of chronic dieters suggests brain disruptions weaken will power.

    A new Dartmouth neuroimaging study suggests chronic dieters overeat when the regions of their brain that balance impulsive behavior and self-control become disrupted, decreasing their capacity to resist temptation.

    The findings, which appear in the journal Psychological Science, indicate that...

  • Popular Science features new Dartmouth research that focuses on what the brain’s “mental workplace” looks like when people manipulate images in their mind.

    “Our lab is very interested in the kind of flexible cognitive behaviors that humans have,” Alex Schlegel, a graduate student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and lead author of the study, tells Popular Science. “We can learn new things, we can think of new concepts, seeing things from different perspectives—a...

  • Bill Platt

    Neuroscience plays a starring role in a two-part series Brains on Trial With Alan Alda, airing on PBS Wednesday, September 11, and Wednesday, September 18, from 10 to 11 p.m., a project that Dartmouth Professor Thalia Wheatley, an expert in brain science and social intelligence, worked on as a consultant.

    Brains on Trial centers on the trial of a fictional crime: a robbery staged in a convenience store. A...

  • In a story about “super recognizers”—people who have an exceptional ability to remember faces—ScienceNews turns for comment to Dartmouth’s Bradley Duchaine.

    Duchaine, an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, and colleagues in England are studying super recognizers to understand how some people are able to recognize nearly everyone they’ve ever seen, the magazine writes. Knowledge gained from such studies may aid in police work and...

  • What if the brain had a light switch that could be flipped to turn off a bad habit?

    Research by Assistant Professor Kyle Smith, who joined the faculty of Dartmouth’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences last month, has found just that in lab rats. Smith and others have identified brain cells involved in habit formation and inhibition. Researchers introduced DNA for photosensitive molecules into the brain’s cortex to make specific neurons...

  • Joe Blumberg

    As the daughter of two Hershey, Pa., physicians, Rachel Abendroth ’13 surprised no one when she entered Dartmouth as an aspiring physician. “I was certain that medicine was my path, and felt I’d lost my footing when I discovered that I was neither particularly interested in nor gifted at biology and chemistry classes,” she says.

    Having taken some introductory neuroscience classes and an education class based on developmental disorders in children,...