- TDLC News - December July 2013 is now available!
- The International Mind Brain Education Society (IMBES) has announced a call for nominations for three new awards in the field of Mind, Brain and Education:
- The Mind Brain and Education Society Early Career Award
- The Mind Brain and Education Society Translation Award
- Award for 'Exemplifying the Mission of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society'.
The selected nominee for each of the awards will receive a $2,000 stipend. More
- Study finds a patchwork of genetic variation in the brain
TDLC Investigator Fred Gage was part of a research team at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies that used single-cell sequencing to show that "the genomic structures of individual neurons differ from each other even more than expected." Dr. Gage explains, "Contrary to what we once thought, the genetic makeup of neurons in the brain aren't identical, but are made up of a patchwork of DNA," The findings were published Nov. 1 in Science. More
- Recent Publications by Gedeon Deak and TDLC Trainees
Several recent publications from the Cognitive Development Lab at UCSD, directed by investigator Gedeon Deak, were co-authored by TDLC trainees Kaya de Barbaro and Marybel Robledo. The papers describe findings and methods relating infants' temporal processing of social and non-social information to the development of language and communication skills. More
- Upcoming Event:
Learning to Attend, Attending to Learn: Neurological, Behavioral, and Computational Perspectives
This event, to be held in San Diego, CA, on Nov. 6-7, 2013, will feature top researchers trying to understand the relation between attention and learning. TDLC investigator Gedeon Deak, with colleagues from Univ. of Rochester and Univ. of Londen, are co-organizing the event. Learn more
A study by TDLC's Howard Poizner and colleagues will be featured on the cover of Neuroscience (Dec 16th issue): Patients with Parkinson's disease show impaired online control and reduced eye-hand span when reaching to grasp objects (Neuroscience, 2013, 254, 205-221). Authors: Lukos, J., Hernandez, M., Tunik, E., Hillyard, S., and Poizner, H.
Terry Sejnowski featured in recent articles on the BRAIN Initiative:
A public hearing, "A Mindful Approach to the BRAIN Initiative," was held Oct. 4, 2013, at UC San Diego, to explore the state's role in supporting the BRAIN Initiative, first unveiled by the Obama Administration in April 2013. TDLC's Dr. Terry Sejnowski attended the event, along with Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett, Ralph Greenspan (head of the recently established Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM)), and UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. More
National Neuroscience Effort Zooms In On Brain Circuits (KPBS, Sept. 17, 2013)
The article also links to
the nine broad research priorities of the U.S. brain-mapping initiative, made by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which were released on Sept. 16, 2013.
Accelerating Brain Research with Supercomputers (August 5, 2013, HPC Wire)
Decoded: How brain remains focused on long-term goals (August 5, 2013, FirstPost)
- SIMPHONY Project in the News!
"Neuroscientists at UC San Diego are studying the impact of intense music ensemble training on the brain development of underserved children in the Chula Vista school district. Specifically, they want to better understand how music influences neural connections in the brain. The five-year project, called SIMPHONY (Studying the Influence Music Practice has On Neurodevelopment in Youth), is directed by TDLC's John Iversen of the Institute for Neural Computation in close collaboration with Terry Jernigan, director of the Center for Human Development." (taken from UCSD News) More
- TSA may have the perfect job for autistic workers
Study: High-functioning autistic people could excel at certain tasks (Oct. 9, 2013, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
TDLC investigator Marlene Behmrann was senior author of a study published by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Minnesota. The study found that high-functioning autistic men "were just as accurate and almost as fast as non-autistic people in finding weapons in X-ray images of baggage. More important, their performance improved as time went on, particularly in correctly identifying bags that had no weapons." More
- Preterm Babies at Risk for Later Cognitive Difficulties
A $3 million NIH grant was recently awarded to researchers at UC San Diego to study the impact of preterm birth on early cognitive development and academic measures. TDLC investigators Terry Jernigan, Tim Brown and Judy Reilly are part of this multidisciplinary team of investigators. They will utilize MRI imaging techniques to study links between affected brain areas and pathways and levels of performance on a set of neurocognitive and math functions. More
- Poizner Lab Receives Grant from ONR (Sept. 2013)
Howard Poizner recently received an equipment grant ($500k) from ONR, entitled, 'Hybrid Optical-Electrical Brain Imaging of Multiple Agents Acting in Dynamic Environments.' The grant will enable the Poizner Lab/Brain Dynamics-Motion Capture Lab to extend their capabilities in simultaneously recording brain activity and movement in complex environments. More about the Poizner Lab//Brain Dynamics-Motion Capture Lab
- TDLC Investigators in the News:
> Michael Tarr will take up the role of head of the department of psychology at
Carnegie Mellon in January 2014.
> Carnegie Mellon Appoints Marlene Behrmann New Co-Director of Center
for the Neural Basis of Cognition
- TDLC's Howard Poizner and Team Featured in Recent News:
- Hot on the trail of Parkinson's (Sept. 20, 2013)
Poizner discusses his Parkinson's research program with Gary Robbins of the U-T San Diego. Click here to read the article and watch the video!
- On the cover of the August issue of the journal Neuroscience: Reaching to kinesthetically defined targets in Parkinson's disease: Effects of deep brain stimulation therapy. (Lee, D., Henriques, D.Y.P., Snider, J., Song, D.D., Poizner, H. , in Neuroscience, 2013, 244, 99-11).
- In The Journal of Neuroscience (Sept. 18, 2013): Human Cortical θ during Free Exploration Encodes Space and Predicts Subsequent Memory (D. Lee, D.Y. Henriques, J. Snider, D. Song, H. Poizner).
- TDLC's Gedeon Deák featured in the UC San Diego Triton Alumni Magazine
In a recent paper published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2013), TDLC investigator Gedeon Deák and a Stanford colleague in pediatrics (Toney) show that young children “learn
pictogram associations or facts as quickly or more quickly than they
learn words. This challenges the assumption of developmental
psychologists and lay-people alike that children are 'little sponges' for learning words and language."
Read the paperRead the Triton article
- TDLC Job Opportunity
The TDLC Team seeks enthusiastic, collaborative multi-tasker for Diversity, Outreach and Translational Manager for TDLC. Apply Now! More
- The 43rd annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience is approaching!
Dates: November 9-13, 2013, in San Diego, California
- Presidential Medal of Freedom to be Awarded to Two UC San Diego Professors (8/9/13)
Mario Molina, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, the White House announced August 8. Sally Ride, former professor emeritus in physics and first woman in space, will also be honored, posthumously. This news is especially exciting for TDLC, as Sally Ride founded and led the educational company, Sally Ride Science, which officially joined TDLC as a corporate partner this year. More about the Awards
- TDLC News - July 2013 is now available!
- Terry Sejnowski Elected to American Academy of Arts and Science!
He is also featured on Science 360 Radio on Spectrum Radio, where he discusses the BRAIN Initiative.
Click here to listen!
- BRAIN Initiative: A Primer
was commissioned by the Kavli Foundation and produced, in collaboration with Science Visualization, by TDLC's partner, The Science Network (with Roger Bingham). The conceptual foundation for the BRAIN Initiative was generated from a paper published in Neuron (June 2012), as a proposed direction - and a challenge - for neuroscience.
- TDLC researchers present at the 2013 International Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Conference
TDLC's Scott Makeig, Tim Mullen, Leanne Chukoskie, and Virginia de Sa (among others) recently attended the 2013 International Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Conference, held on June 3-7, 2013, in Pacific Grove, CA. They were part of a group of scientists who convene annually to discuss scientific advances in the field of BCI -- a technology that links thoughts, commands and emotions from the brain to computers, using EEG. Tim Mullen won Poster Prize for Technical Merit for his poster, "Real-Time Estimation and 3D Visualization of Source Dynamics and Connectivity Using Wearable EEG".
> More about TDLC's research at the conference
> Conference Website
Sally Ride Science officially joins TDLC as a corporate partner
America's first woman in space, Sally Ride, has founded a science education company called Sally Ride Science, to engage and inspire students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The company "brings science to life through pioneering professional development, instructional solutions, and real-science investigations for students in 4th-8th grades" Bill Jenkins has moved from his position at Scientific Learning, one of TDLC's corporate partners, to a position at Sally Ride Science, and is excited about the future opportunities a partnership with TDLC can create.
The 2013 NSF Site Visit
Dates: June 20-21, 2013
Micro-valences: perceiving affective valence in everyday objects
Sophie Lebrecht, Moshe Bar, Lisa Feldman Barrett, and Michael J. Tarr (2013)
New research from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) shows that the brain's visual perception system automatically and unconsciously guides decision-making through something called valence perception. Valence — defined as “the positive or negative information automatically perceived in the majority of visual information” — is a process that allows our brains to quickly make choices between similar objects. The researchers conclude that “everyday objects carry subtle affective valences – ‘micro-valences’ – which are intrinsic to their perceptual representation.” More ...
- UC San Diego Creates Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM)
Ralph Greenspan (associate director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego) authored the proposal for CBAM with Nick Spitzer (Kavli Director) and TDLC's Terry Sejnowski. CBAM will focus on "developing new technologies necessary for global brain-mapping at the resolution level of single cells and the timescale of a millisecond, participate in brain mapping experiments, and develop the necessary support mechanisms for handling and analyzing the enormous datasets that such efforts will produce." More... (Note: related event, see below).
- Mapping the Active Brain: Unlocking the
Next Frontier – Solving the Mystery of the Human Mind
CONNECT has assembled panelists (including TDLC's Terry Sejnowski and Ralph Greenspan) to discuss the BRAIN Initiative - Fri, May 17, 5pm. More info ...
- UC San Diego's "Simphony" Research Earns Grammy Foundation Support
John Iversen of the Institute of Neural Computation (INC) at UC San Diego is heading the SIMPHONY Project, one of the first longitudinal studies of its kind on the effects of musical training on brain development. SIMPHONY is being done in collaboration with TDLC researcher Dr. Terry Jernigan of the Center for Human Development. More ...
- Free Interactive Music & the Brain Exposition – Mozart & the Mind
Join us Saturdays May 11, May 18, and June 1, 6:30-7:30 pm for a series of free Music & the Brain Expositions, part of Mainly Mozart's new Mozart & the Mind series. TDLC investigators Scott Makeig, Tim Mullen, Alex Khalil, Victor Mincez, and John Iversen will present, along with other scientists and musicians. "This is a unique opportunity to engage with scientists, musicians, and fellow music aficionados around a series of interactive installations exploring connections between music and the brain!" (Note: You can also purchase tickets for the complete Mozart & the Mind and Spotlight Series concert program. Discounts for UCSD community: code UCSD13). More information ...
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This work was supported in part by NSF grant SMA 1041755 to the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, an NSF Science of Learning Center.
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