- TDLC News for November / December 2012 is available!
- UCSD's Center for Human Development (CHD) receives NICHD grant to create a new "Innovative Research Hub" More...
- Upcoming Event
sponsored in part by TDLC:
NIPS 2012 Workshop: Personalizing Education With Machine Learning
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Lake Tahoe, California
To be held in conjunction with Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2012).
More information about the workshop ...
- Inaugural Symposium for San Diego Consortium for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012,
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the
UCSD Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavillion. The event is sponsored by: UCSD Departments of Neurosciences and Psychiatry and the NSF-funded Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center. More ...
- TDLC's Paula Tallal named an Inventor of the Year by the New Jersey Hall of Fame!
- National Science Board (NSB) Site Visit
Date: September 19, 2012
- A Robot With a Reassuring Touch (Sept. 18, 2012)
Research by TDLC's Javier Movellan and Emanuel Todorov is featured in the New York Times! Read the article...
- Sex matters: Guys recognize cars and women recognize birds best (Sept. 17, 2012)
TDLC Investigator Isabel Gauthier and her colleagues discuss their research, which shows gender differences in object recognition. The results were published online in the Vision Research journal (article: The Vanderbilt Expertise Test Reveals Domain-General and Domain-Specific Sex Effects in Object Recognition).
Click here to view an interview with Isabel Gauthier about this research!
- A review
of STDP by TDLC Investigator Feldman is featured in Neuron
The Spike-Timing Dependence of Plasticity (Neuron, 8/23/12)
It has been 15 years since the discovery of spike timing-dependent plasticity (STDP), which has become a leading candidate mechanism for information storage and learning in the nervous system. This review summarizes our current understanding of STDP, from its varied forms and cellular mechanisms to theoretical properties and to the evidence that it contributes to plasticity and learning in vivo. Read the abstract ....
- 2012 TDLC Summer Fellows Institute (SFI) just concluded!
Click here for more ....
- Dave Deriso awarded Marie Curie Fellows scholarship to study
at Oxford University
Dave Deriso has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellows scholarship to study at Oxford University as one of 14 research fellows to be trained in a new European Network.
- TDLC News for July / August 2012 is available!
- Motion Capture Lab in the news
Why zombies, robots, clowns freak us out (CNN 7/11/12)
Ayse Saygin, professor at UC San Diego, is featured in an article in CNN Health to discuss her research into a strange phenomenon called the "uncanny valley." This term is used to describe the idea that as a robot's appearance becomes more humanlike, it can seem disturbing. By using brain imaging and EEG in the Motion Capture Lab, Ayse Saygin and her team hope to understand the EEG patterns associated with the uncanny valley effect. Eventually, this research could help robot developers or animators create robots that don't disturb people. Click here to read the article.
- Reach for Tomorrow at TDLC
TDLC, in partnership with the Reach for Tomorrow program, helps bring 50-75 at-risk middle and high school students from around the country to UC San Diego for one week every summer, where the students participate in activities that are designed to inspire them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Some of the TDLC labs that participated include: Machine Perception Lab, Alex Khalil (Gamelan), Poizner lab (Motion Capture), Neuroscience Outreach Program, and the Preuss School robotics club. Click here to view a video about the program and read more.
- Research Highlight:
Different kinds of visual learning reflect different patterns of change in the brain (Wong, Folstein and Gauthier)
- 2012 NSF Site Visit at UC San Diego on June 13-14, 2012.
- TDLC Optimal Teaching Workshop - May 4, 2012
The goal of the Workshop, which was organized by TDLC's Javier Movellan and Jake Whitehill, was to bring together senior researchers from neuroscience, behavioral sciences, machine learning, education, and intelligent tutoring systems to understand the problem of teaching and the optimization of teaching from a computational perspective. To find out more about Optimal Teaching, and what occurred at the recent Optimal Teaching Workshop at UC San Diego please click here.
- Paula Tallal is interviewed on BAM! Inside The Minds of Teens with Dr. Regina Lamourell:
Is Your Child Struggling with Literacy?
- TDLC's Jim Tanaka is featured on CNN Health:
With autism, no longer invisible (CNN Health,
April 1, 2012)
- TDLC research is featured in U.S. News & World Report!
National Science Foundation has provided content for an article, located in the Science section of U.S. News & World Report, that highlights TDLC research: How the Brain Learns: Researchers study timing, sensory systems, how regions connect.
- TDLC News - March 2012 is now available for viewing!
- TDLC celebrated Brain Awareness Week on March 17, 2012. More
- TDLC investigators Paula Tallal and György Buzsaki are both listed as members of New Jersey's 20 biggest brains, according to Inside Jersey. The 20 named individuals have been chosen for their creativity, imagination, and achievement in making significant breakthroughs in their fields.
- The 6th Annual TDLC ALL-HANDS MEETING just concluded!
Date of event: January 26-28, 2012, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center East on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, California.
- Face Maze program in the news!
- UC San Diego has posted a news release about TDLC's Renewal:
Learning Center at UC San Diego Wins $18-Million Renewal
- The TDLC News - November/December 2011 is now available. Please take a look at the latest TDLC news & events!
- National Science Foundation EFRI Award: TDLC members Scott Makeig, Howard Poizner, and Terrence Sejnowski are collaborating with project leader Gert Cauwenberghs and colleague Kenneth Kreutz-Delgado on a project aimed at creating an innovative, non-invasive approach for rehabilitation of Parkinson's disease patients. The team, all from UC San Diego, recently received an NSF EFRI award for the project, which will use a combination of EEG sensor and force feedback motor control. For more information:
> About the NSF EFRI M3C program
> NSF news announcement
- Videos of the third IMBES Biennial Conference
(June 2–4, 2011) are now available from the Science Network!
- TDLC and the Reach for Tomorrow Program
TDLC, in partnership with the Reach for Tomorrow program, helps bring 50-75
at-risk middle and high school students from around the country to UC San Diego for one week every summer, where the students participate in activities that are designed to inspire them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Click here to view a video about the program and read more.
- Early Interventions: Baby Brains May Signal Later Language Problems
An article in Scientific American features Dr. Benasich's research in their recent issue on "Building Better Brains." More
- TDLC Boot Camp has been rescheduled for August 6-18, 2012.
- TDLC trainee Dr. Nicholas Butko has been awarded the Jean Fort Dissertation Prize. A Fall 2010 Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego, Dr. Butko's dissertation is entitled: Active Perception.
- Videos from two recent conferences on music and the brain are available
on The Science Network:
Music, Science & Medicine Conference (at the New York Academy of Sciences)
Newark Workshop on Music, Brain and Education
- TDLC's NSF Site Visit was May 12-13, 2011!
Location: The San Diego Supercomputer Building at UC San Diego. More
- The Let's Face It! at Lochside Elementary School
During the week of April 11th-15th, the Let’s Face It! programming and outreach team travelled to Lochside Elementary School (Victoria, B.C, Canada) to demo their new LFI! games as part of autism awareness week.
- TDLC celebrated Brain Awareness Week (March 14-20, 2011) on March 19, 2011.
- The Let's Face It!
Face Camp at Arbutus Middle School
On March 8, 2011, the LFI! outreach team, coordinated by TDLC PI Jim Tanaka, planned a half-day Face Camp for students with special learning needs at Arbutus Middle School. The goal of the Face Camp was to emphasize social learning through a varitey of activities that help students interpret the social meaning of facial cues. More
- TDLC investigator Gyorgy Buzsaki Is Co-Winner of Major European “Brain Prize”
Buzsaki shares prize of one million Euros with two other neuroscientists from his native Hungary. (March 4, 2011) More
- Upcoming event: The third IMBES Biennial Conference
June 2–4, 2011 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel, San Diego, CA
Sponsored by: TDLC & Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, UC San Diego
Description: The conference provides a forum to explore exciting new advances in the emerging field of Mind, Brain, and Education. Please click here to read an interview with TDLC's Hal Pashler, one of the Plenary speakers for the IMBES Conference.
- TDLC Call for Project Proposals!
Given that the TDLC is being renewed for another 5 years, we are happy to announce the Annual Call for Project Proposals for years 6 and 7 of the Center. Please see the following documents:
Call for proposals
As in prior years, proposal requests will be uploaded to our administrative database.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 25, 2011. Network investigators are eligible to submit proposals and investigators affiliated with our center are welcome to collaborate on these proposals.
- Osaka-UCSD Workshop 2011
March 15-16, 2011 -
John Muir Room, Price Center East, UC San Diego.
This was the first joint workshop between researchers of UCSD's Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center and Osaka's Global Center of Excellence. The researchers exchanged the latest results of their work in areas such as computational neuroscience, humanoid robotics, human-brain interface, and learning technologies. The goal was to discuss and identify cutting edge research themes that the two centers may collaborate on in the near future. The workshop was open to the public.
Workshop Program: For more information about the workshop, please click here
Parking: For information about parking, please click here
- The TDLC News - Feb/Mar 2011 is now available. Please take a look at the latest TDLC news & events!
- TDLC investigator Isabel Gauthier is appointed Editor of The Journal of Experimental Psychology! An article about her appointment appears on the website of the American Psychological Association (Feb. 2011).
For more information:
> American Psychological Association article
- TDLC All Hands Meeting Videos now posted on The Science Network! (Feb 2011)
- TDLC All Hands Meeting Posters: Poster Gallery now available here
- Terrence Sejnowski elected to National Academy of Engineering!
Salk Institute professor and TDLC Co-Director Terry J. Sejnowski, Ph.D., has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Sejnowski is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, making him one of only ten living individuals to have been elected to all three branches of the National Academies. Feb 8, 2011
UC San Diego's Division of Biological Sciences press release
Salk Institute press release
2011 Trainee Awards:
The TDLC training committee has recently awarded small grants to support trainee research and collaboration. More
Inverted Faces are (Eventually) Processed Holistically
(Research Highlight, in press)
Collaborators: J. Richler, M. Mack, T. Palmeri & I. Gauthier, Vanderbilt University
Face inversion effects are used as evidence that faces are processed differently from objects. Nevertheless, there is debate about whether processing differences between upright and inverted faces are qualitative or quantitative. More
QnAs with Terrence J. Sejnowski (PNAS) - December 2010
This questions and answers session gives insight into TDLC co-Director Terry Sejnowski's research and life, answering such questions as how he initially became interested in
machine learning, and how he believes using machines to model and emulate human behavior could make a difference in our lives. More
TDLC All-Hands Meeting 2011 -
Date: January 28-29, 2011
Click here to read about TDLC's AHM Special Speaker Series
The New York Times story on the art of the brain includes a cover
image from TDLC member Gyorgy Buzsaki (Nov. 29, 2010)
> Read the article, "An Odyssey Through the
Illuminated by a Rainbow"
> See the image in the slideshow:
April Benasich and her lab are highlighted on the home page of the Rutgers website: Groundbreaking Neuroscience Research.
Salk scientists discover new target for MS
Findings from a study led by TDLC Co-Director Terrence J. Sejnowski and his team at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies "provide fresh insights into the mechanisms underlying MS and suggest a novel target for therapeutic intervention." For more information, please read the Salk Institute press release, Decoding the disease that perplexes: Salk scientists discover new target for MS ( October 25, 2010)
TDLC News - Nov/Dec 2010 is now available!
TDLC Trainees: Call for proposals
The TDLC Trainee Committee is issuing a call for proposals for small grants to fund research and related activities. For more information, please click here.
Computer games help autistic children read faces (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 2010)
Jim Tanaka and Marni Bartlett's collaborative work on a new version of Let's Face It! was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rutgers University awarded NSF MRI Grant to build Neuroimaging Center
Rutgers University has just won an NSF Major Research Instrumentation Award to create a research-dedicated Neuroimaging center lead by Stephen J. Hanson with Bart Krekelberg and Mauricio Delgado. More
Decision making influences the neural dynamics associated with rewarded learning
Recently published in NeuroImage (Sept. 25, 2010)
From Lab To Classroom (Sept. 2010) -- The goal of gaining increased knowledge of how the brain learns andtranslating the scientific understanding into the classroom is a major tenet of TDLC, and just now the Social Interaction Network’s Terry Jernigan is helping develop a more complete model of brain development and its role in education. The research project comes out of partnership with San Diego’s High Tech Middle School ... More
TDLC's New REU Program (Sept. 2010): TDLC is starting a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site program at UC San Diego.The purpose of the program, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is to train undergraduate students in the specific research areas of TDLC, including machine learning, cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience. More
Howard Poizner and Team Awarded $4.5M ONR MURI Grant
Howard Poizner (PI, UCSD), and co-PI's Gary Lunch (UC Irvine) and Terry Sejnowski (Salk and UCSD), together with team leaders Hal Pashler, Sergei Gepshtein, Deborah Harrington, Tom Liu, Eric Hlagren, and Ralph Greenspan were recently awarded a $4.5M ONR MURI grant, with a $3M option period, to study the brain bases of unsupervised learning and training. (October 1, 2009). More
The Discovery Channel in Dr. Poizner’s Lab (June 12, 2010)
The Discovery Channel filmed Howard Poizner and Gary Lynch in Dr. Poizner’s lab on June 12, 2010, for a series called ‘Curiosity: The Questions of Life,’ on research of the future. The segment is on memory and will air in 2011. More
"Music, Science and
Medicine" NYAS Conference (to be held March 25, 2011)
There is growing interest amongst TDLC scientists in the scientific
study of music. Music is intrinsically temporal, integrating sensory,
motor and affective systems in the brain. As such, it is an ideal way
to integrate across TDLC networks and initiatives. Two TDLC PIs
(Paula Tallal and Gyorgy Buzsaki) have been involved in organizing a
New York Academy of Science conference on "Music, Science and
Medicine", that will be held at the NYAS on March 25th, 2011. Anyone
interested in this topic is welcomed to attend. For more information
on the speakers and agenda for the meeting, to register or to submit a poster please see: www.nyas.org/musicscience.
TDLC helped to sponsor an event called The Ultimate Block Party. On October 3, 2010, the Bandshell area of New York’s Central Park (72nd St. & 5th Ave.) became the main stage in an international event for families, educators and public figures to explore the real power of play with top architects, scientists, engineers, artists and inventors. Over 25 fun family play and learning activities were free and open to the public! There were hundreds of Imagination Playground Blocks for kids to play with at The Ultimate Block Party in Central Park, along with numerous other activities that emphasize the value and science of arts and play. (Click here to view the flier.)
For a YouTube video about the event: DID YOU KNOW? THE ULTIMATE BLOCK PARTY
The TDLC News - September 2010 is now available. Please take a look at the latest TDLC news & events!
All Hands Meeting 2010 videos are now posted!
Please take a look at our newly posted videos of Brains "R" Us 2010, the TDLC's All Hands Meeting 2010, and the TDLC's All Hands Meeting 2009.
TDLC Research Highlight: Music helps explain a paradox in research on faces
and Chinese characters (2010) More
RUBI in The New York Times (July 10, 2010)
TDLC investigator Javier Movellan is cited in The New York Times article, Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot. In the article, he discusses the RUBI project, which has been supported in part by the TDLC through the NSF
Science of Learning Program. More...
In a recent article titled Reading Delays, in American School Board Journal, TDLC co-Directors Gary Cottrell and Paula Tallal discuss how time and timing impact the ability to learn to read, and how The Fast ForWord® Program can help students.
TDLC Research Highlight: Recognizing Images Using Fixations
(Research Highlight 2010) More
TDLC SITE VISIT (
June 21-23,2010). Click here for more information...
Infomax Workshop was held on May 24, 2010. The idea of maximizing information gain (Infomax) has appeared with different names in a wide range of fields. The workshop brought together world experts from apparently disparate fields but whose work uses information gain as a key concept. Click here to learn more about the workshop!
The Distinguished Educator Panel, a group that will form the nucleus of The Educator Network, met for an orientation meeting on April 26, 2010. More ...
When Will We Be Able to Build Brains Like Ours?
Sooner than you think -- and the race has lately caused a 'catfight' - By Terry Sejnowski (TDLC Co-Director) in Scientific American, April 27, 2010.
Salk scientist and TDLC Co-Director Terrence Sejnowski was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (April 27, 2010).
> UCSD Press Release
> Salk Institute Press Release
Enhancing facial expression recognition and production in children with autism
(May 2010 Research Highlight) More
A computer vision system automatically recognizes facial expressions of students during problem solving
(May 2010 Research Highlight) More
The Grand Challenges of Science: Robotics.
In January 2010, DISCOVER and the National Science Foundation presented a panel discussion at Carnegie Mellon University exploring the dynamic world of robotics. TDLC's Javier Movellan was one of four eminent roboticists on the panel. More
TDLC All-Hands Meeting 2010: Videos now posted on the Science Network website
Our Rich Cognitive Abilities - TDLC research highlight
Cognitive neuroscience research often focuses on the functional role of specific brain regions. But of course performing the myriad of cognitive tasks that make us human actually requires interaction throughout our complex and dynamic neural networks. So a major question faced by cognitive neuroscientists is: How do the functionally specialized brain areas interact to perform rich cognitive abilities?
Ah to be an Expert - new TDLC research highlight
(Tim Curran, University of Colorado)
It is generally accepted that being an expert improves our perceptual processes and also changes how quickly and successfully we learn and remember objects associated with our expertise. However, until now no systematic study had been performed to investigate just how perceptual expertise facilitates memory. More...
Visual Pathways Fine Tuned over Time
(Marlene Behrmann, Carnegie Mellon University)
In adolescents, activation in the ventral visual pathway for the category of “faces” appears at first glance to be adult-like; but, surprisingly, their recognition abilities for individual faces is actually still immature. More...
TDLC Trainees: A new postdoc position has opened at Rutgers University - Newark in New Jersey: Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning, Memory & Decision Making.
TDLC is proud to be a co-sponsor of the San Diego Brain Bee
The San Diego Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition that is designed to teach high school students about the brain. TDLC Co-Director Andrea Chiba was one of the judges. Please click here for more information about the event!
2010 Trainee Awards (January 2010)
The TDLC training committee has recently awarded small grants to support trainee research and collaboration. Click here to see a list of awardees and funded projects.