• IMBES Awards
        The International Mind, Brain and Education Society (www.imbes.org) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for three achievement awards in the field of Mind, Brain and Education. The submission deadline for these awards is June 13, 2016. The selected nominee for each of the awards will receive a $2,000 stipend. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2016 IMBES Conference, held September 15-17 in Toronto, Canada. More

      • Watch An Amazing Robot Teach Itself How To Twirl A Stick (Parent Herald, 5/12/16)
        TDLC PI Dr. Emanuel Todorov and his team from the University of Washington have created a five-fingered robotic hand that can actually teach itself how to twirl a stick! More

      • Registration for the Preconference and IMBES 2016 Conference is now open! This is shaping up to be an exciting event to learn about and discuss the many issues surrounding the field of Mind, Brain and Education. They are also currently accepting nominations for their three Achievement Awards in the field of Mind, Brain and Education. Please check out the website (www.imbes.org) for further details.

        Dr. Deak on KUSI
      • TDLC investigator Dr. Gedeon Deak interviewed on KUSI News!
        Dr. Deak discusses a new study that found that "Spanking" children doesn't help and may lead to long term and short term problems. Dr. Deak discusses how some of the determinations were discovered (5/4/16). More

      • Tiago and GageAdult brain prunes branched connections of new neurons ( Salk News, 5/2/16)
        Salk study is first to closely follow development of new neurons in the adult brain, giving potential insight into neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia (photo: Goncalves, Gage; Credit: Salk Institute). TDLC investigator Dr. Fred Gage is a senior author of the study.
        Read more in Salk News
        Nature Neuroscience article (May 2, 2016)

      • 25 Geniuses who are Creating the Future of Business (WIRED, 4/26/16)
        Dr. Marni Bartlett fetaured! More

      • Powerful Brain Signals between Seizures May Explain Memory
        Problems in Patients with Epilepsy

        Study suggests how future devices might prevent cognitive deficits
        TDLC investigator Dr. Gyorgy Buzsaki is co-author of the study, along with colleagues at NYU Langone Medical Center (4/25/16, NYU Langone Medical Center. More

      • Dr. Jernigan and ABCD StudyUC San Diego Holds Meeting On Gaps In Marijuana Research
        Features TDLC's Dr. Terry Jernigan, who is one of the local scientists leading the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study.The ABCD study is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States; scientists will track brain development in 10,000 American kids over the next decade. (KPBS, 4/13/16) More

      • Scrapbook App with Bowman and TanakaApp promotes interaction for children on autism spectrum
        (Oak Bay News, 3/29/16)
        The article features the Let's Face It scrapbook app developed by TDLC's Jim Tanaka and his team at the University of Victoria's Centre for Autism Research Technology Education (CARTE). More

      • SFastballmovie.comcience brought to forefront in 'Fastball' documentary
        Carnegie Mellon scientists provide explanations in the documentary film 'Fastball" that opens Friday. TDLC researcher Dr. Tarr, along with his Carnegie Mellon colleagues Drs. Franklin, Urban and Verstynen, explain the science behind the pitch. (TRIB Live, 3/23/16). More

      • SnowballThe Beasts That Keep the Beat (Quanta Magazine, 3/22/16)
        New insights from neuroscience — aided by a small zoo’s worth of dancing animals — are revealing the biological origins of rhythm
        TDLC's Dr. John Iversen is featured, with Aniruddh Patel, in their research of an Eleonora cockatoo called Snowball. This was an early study in a new focus on musicality in the animal kingdom. Click here to read the article and to watch Snowball dance!

      • TDLC Newsletter - Feb/Mar 2016 - is now available

      • NSF Science of Learning Centers Graduate and Look to the Future
        During the week of February 8, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its six Science of Learning Centers (SLCs) met in Washington D.C. to celebrate the extraordinary success of the SLC program. Click here to learn more about what occurred at the graduation, to find out the latest Sustainability efforts as the Centers head into the future, and to read NSF's "Ten takeaways from ten years of the Science of Learning Centers"! More

      • This Remarkable Robot Hand Is Worthy of Luke Skywalker
        TDLC investigator Emanuel Todorov at the University of Washington, along with Yale postdoc Joseph (Zhe) Xu, have engineered a robot hand that closely mimics the natural design and structure of a human hand. The robot hand can be remotely manipulated by a person wearing a sensor-laden glove, and is capable of the same grips and hand positions humans are. More (SingularityHUB, 2/18/16)

        LFI! Scrapbook
      • Additional articles about the Let's Face It Scrapbook App recently Launched on the Applie iTunes Store:
        Scrapbook app helps those with autism learn faces, emotions (CBC News, British Columbia, 2/11/16);
        University of Victoria professor builds app to help kids with autism (Vancouver Metro, 2/12/16)

      • Jim TanakaLet's Face It (LFI!) Scrapbook App is Launched! (2/7/16)
        TDLC's Jim Tanaka at the University of Victoria and his team have officially launched their Let’s Face It (LFI!) Scrapbook on the Apple iTunes Store. The free app is a powerful educational tool to help people learn faces and recognize emotions of the important people in their lives. The platform includes four challenging games (Splash, NameGame, Memory and Fuse) that have uniquely themed levels, and even a few hidden tricks! Learn about the app; iTunes Preview (LFI! Scrapbook can be downloaded from the App Store and requires an iPad 2 or higher.)

      • Congratulations to TDLC trainee Mohsen Malmir, who received a Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) grant with Gary Cottrell and Shlomo Dubnov! (2/8/16)

      • $2M for lasers to map the brain (Univ. of Michigan, 1/29/16)
        TDLC's Dr. György Buzsáki is co-investigator (with Drs. Euisik Yoon and Kensall Wise at U-M) in the $2 million grant that is part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative. More

      • Brain's Memory Capacity Rivals World Wide Web (Forbes, 1/28/16)
        Neuroscientists say the human brain can store 10 times more information than previously thought. Dr. Terry Sejnowski is senior author of the study. Salk ResearchersMore
        Also: Salk Finds Brain’s Capacity Equal to a Pentabyte of Data (Times of San Diego, 1/22/16); Memory Capacity of Brains is 10 Times More Than Previously Thought (Salk PR, 1/20/16); Salk study expands brain memory capacity estimate (The San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/19/16). Click here for eLIFE publication.

      • Additional articles about the Apple acquisition of Emotient:
        Apple acquisition of UC San Diego startup paves way for further
        robotics research
        (University of California News, 1/19/16)
        Apple's purchase of Emotient fuels artificial intelligence boom in
        Silicon Valley
        (Los Angeles Times, 1/17/16)

      • Tim MullenBrain monitoring takes a leap out of the lab (UC San Diego, 1/12/16)
        Bioengineers and cognitive scientists have developed the first portable, 64-channel wearable brain activity monitoring system that’s comparable to state-of-the-art equipment found in research laboratories. Drs. Scott Makeig and Tzyy-Ping Jung (SCCN) are co-authors of the study, as is TDLC's Tim Mullen and INC Co-Director Gert Cauwenberghs. (Photo credit: Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego)
        Read the article IEEE Publication Additional article

      • Apple Buys San Diego Emotion-Recognition Startup
        Emotient technology is used to assess emotions by reading facial expressions (KPBS, 1/8/16)
        Also: Apple buys San Diego artificial intelligence startup (The San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/8/16). More

      • Penn State scientists working new drug target could help treat Rett Syndrome (1/11/16) - TDLC's Dr. Fred Gage collaborated on the study.
        ; PNAS Article

      • Diego-San, RUBI, and Einstein Robot (Machine Perception Lab)
        featured in UCSD's Triton magazine
        (Winter 2016)
        Move Over, Droids: Meet the real-life robots of UC San Diego, leading the way for a world of robot helpers, teachers, maybe even friends. More

      • TDLC's Drs. Jim Tanaka and Michael Tarr featured in article about perceptual expertise
        Seeing through the eyes of an expert: What can we learn from the way experts see the world? (Science Line, 1/2/16) More

      • RUBI mentioned in the San Diego Union-Tribune (1/1/16)
        Kathryn Owen, director of the Early Care and Education Center at UC San Diego, is interviewed, and discusses the use of RUBI robot to explore interactive technology as a way to teach children. More

      • Dr. John Iversen's TEDx Talk now available!
        John Iversen TEDx San DiegoTDLC's Dr. Iversen presented a TEDx talk on October 17, 2015, at Symphony Hall in San Diego. In his presentation, "Does Music Change a Child's Brain?" he discussed the SIMPHONY project, an "ambitious collaborative longitudinal study of the impact of music training on brain and behavioral development." Click here to view the talk

      • A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities
        (The New York Times, 12/10/15)
        Dr. Terry Sejnowski is quoted in the article. More

      • What Your Baby's Smile Can Tell You About Her Development
        Infants’ earliest grins are a primitive impulse but become a communication tool; know the types of baby smiles (The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 23, 2015)
        TDLC's Dr. Javier Movellan is featured as one of the study authors. More

      • Dr. Isabel GauthierThickness of grey matter predicts ability to recognize faces and objects (Vanderbilt News, 11/9/15)
        A new study, accepted for publication by the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, has found that the thickness of the cortex in the fusiform face area (FFA) can predict a person’s ability to recognize faces and objects. “It is the first time we have found a direct relationship between brain structure and visual expertise,” said TDLC's Dr. Isabel Gauthier, who co-authored the study. Former TDLC trainee, post-doc Ana Van Gulick, was also co-author, along with Rankin McGugin. More Publication

      • Bipolar patients' brain cells predict response to lithium (10/28/15)
        Salk study 10/28'/15TDLC's Dr. Fred Gage is senior author of a Salk Institute study that is among the first to show how bipolar disorder affects neurons in the brain. The research team found that "brain cells of patients with bipolar disorder are more sensitive to stimuli than other people’s brain cells." (Image: Courtesy of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies). More

      • TDLC Newletter - October 2015 - now available!

      • Terrence SejnowskiTerrence Sejnowski Receives Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
        The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) awarded the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience to TDLC Co-Director Dr. Terrence Sejnowski. The award recognizes an individual who has "produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical models or computational methods in neuroscience." More

      • Repetition during training harms learning in autism (10/9/15)
        A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, headed by Dr. Marlene Behrmann, found that in children with autism, repetition might actually harm transference of acquired knowledge and prevent applications to other situations. Nature Neuroscience (10/5/15)

      • Scientists Create 'Old' Brain Cells From Patients' Skin
        TDLC's Dr. Fred Gage is senior author of the study. (Newsweek, 10/8/15). More

      • Dr. Paula Tallal Provides Expert Testimony at Congressional Hearing on Dyslexia 
        TDLC Co-Director Dr. Tallal testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology at a Sept. 30th hearing on H.R. 3033, the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act. More (Video of testimony, Dr. Tallal begins at 1 hr 32 min mark).

      • Dr. Terry JerniganUCSD to lead study of 10,000 adolescents (SD U-T, 9/30/15)
        TDLC's Dr. Terry Jernigan will help coordinate the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) project

        The study is one of the largest ever done on the brains of adolescents, hoping to figure out why some youngsters lead healthy lives while others develop substance abuse problems and mental health disorders. Additional articles:
        NIH launches landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development
        (NIH News, 9/25/15); Uncovering the Secrets of the Adolescent Brain (UCSD News, 9/25/15). Photo: Peggy Peattie, S.D. Union Tribune)
  • Babies Time Their Adorable Smiles to Manipulate Adults (Smithsonian.com, 9/30/15)
    Researchers Paul Ruvolo, Daniel Messinger, and TDLC's Javier Movellan say they found compelling evidence that babies smile on purpose, to try to get people to smile in return. Their findings were published in the journal PLOS One: Infants Time Their Smiles to Make Their Moms Smile (9/23/15). Also: UCSD figures out why babies smile (SD U-T, 9/23/15). Additional articles about this study can be read on this page.

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