• 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.

  • Marian Bartlett Dr. Bartlett's TEDx Talk Now Available!
    TDLC's Marian Bartlett, Ph.D., gave a talk about Emotion Aware Machines on Oct.11, 2014, at TEDx AmericasFinestCity. The video is finally available to watch here! For additional details fo the event, click here!

  • Mozart & the MindMozart & The Mind - Sept. 25-27, 2015
    Three days packed with cutting-edge scientific exploration, music and fun!
    Dr. Tim Mullen is creative director, while TDLC's Dr. John Iversen and Dr. Alex Khalil will be presenting, along with other exciting speakers including Antonio Damasio, Concetta Tomaino, Nina Kraus, and more. The event is In Collaboration with The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. Additional info or to click here to read the flyer!

  • Evolving Research on Music in Health, and Education - 9/24/15
    A panel discussion presented in concert with Mozart & the Mind; Dr. Iversen presents.

  • Dr. John IversenDr. John Iversen to Present Upcoming TEDx Talk
    TDLC's Dr. Iversen will be presenting a TEDx talk on October 17, 2015, at Symphony Hall in San Diego. He will discuss the SIMPHONY project, an "ambitious collaborative longitudinal study of the impact of music training on brain and behavioral development." To register or learn more, click here

  • Emotient in the News:
    Demo Traction: This start-up can read your poker face
    Facial recognition tech can even tell how a jury will judge a defendant
    Emotient featured in the ComputerWorld article!
    (8/16/15) More

  • Dr. Fred Gage Dr. Fred Gage interviewed for the S.D. Union Tribune:
    Fred Gage's unending exploration of the brain (9/8/15)
    TDLC investigator Dr. Fred "Rusty" Gage, a scientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, discusses adult neurogenesis. His pioneering discoveries about the brain have focused on neurogenerative conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. More

  • Salk InstituteDr. Terrence Sejnowski in the news:
    Receptors in brain linked to schizophrenia, autism
    The loss of a critical receptor in a special class of inhibitory neurons in the brain may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research by Salk scientists. TDLC's Dr. Sejnowski is head of Salk’s Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, which led the research published in Molecular Psychiatry on August 11, 2015. Salk news release Additional article

  • EmotientEmotient Analyzes the Debate
    Emotion-Reading Technology First And Only To Analyze Audience Reactions To Republican Presidential Primary Debate(8/7/15). Emotient Breaks Ground Using Machine Learning Algorithm to Verify Authentic, Real-Time Voter Emotions to Candidate Responses. (PRNewswire)

  • Former Dr. Lebrecht and Dr. TarrTDLC Trainee Sophie Lebrecht, Ph.D., and TDLC investigator Michael Tarr, Ph.D.,
    in the news: Neon Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

    Neon, founded in 2012, offers proprietary technology that combines "neuroscience and machine learning to understand how the human brain responds to images and how that response translates to increased audience engagement." The company was selected as a 2016 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a group of the 49 most innovative global companies as determined by the World Economic Forum.  Dr. Lebrecht is CEO of Neon, while Dr. Tarr is co-founder of the company. More

  • Dr. Cottrell interviewed during IBRO 2015
    TDLC's Dr. Gary Cottrell discusses the mini-symposium he chaired during the 9th International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) World Congress on Neuroscience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 7-11, 2015). Click here to watch his interview on Music as a window onto the brain!

  • A New Wrinkle: Geometry of Brain's Outer Surface Correlates With Genetic Heritage
    Researchers at UC San Diego and the School of Medicine have found that the shape of the cerebral cortex correlates with genetic ancestry. The study, published online in Current Biology (7/9/15), "could eventually lead to more personalized medicine approaches for diagnosing and treating brain diseases." TDLC's Dr. Terry Jernigan is a co-author of the study. More

  • Fast ForWord In Schools - A Groundbreaking Pilot Program (7/9/15)
    Mind Matters, a treatment center serving families affected by ADD / ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders and learning disorders, collaborated with the Vallecito Unified School District to bring Fast ForWord to Hazel Fischer Elementary and Michelson Elementary. The Fast ForWord program, co-developed by TDLC's Dr. Paula Tallal, is a computer-based reading intervention used to help children who are struggling in school. Mind Matters found the pilot program to be tremendously successful. More

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