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      • 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.

  • 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. 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 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

  • Emotient on KUSI NewsKen Denman and Dr. Marian Bartlett Interviewed on KUSI News (6/30/15)
    Ken Denman (President and CEO of Emotient) and Dr. Marni Bartlett (Founder and Lead Scientist at Emotient) were interviewed on KUSI News about Emotient! Click here to view photos

  • Washington DC
    Congressional Briefing on the Science of Learning

    TDLC Co-Director Andrea Chiba and Project Scientist Alex Khalil travelled to Washington, D.C. to co-host a Congressional Briefing on the Science of Learning, on June 24, 2015. Other Science of Learning Directors Patricia Kuhl (University of Washington), Nora Newcombe (Temple University) and Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Boston University) also presented results from the research in order to raise awareness of the importance of this research. The event was co-sponsored by Congressional Representative Chaka Fattah of the 2nd district of Pennsylvania. View invite

  • TDLC News - June 2015 is now available!

  • Dr. Jeff ElmanTDLC affiliate member, Dr. Jeff Elman, heads UC San Diego's new Online and Technology Enhanced Education Office
    Beyond MOOCs: Campus Launches Online Learning Office Headed by Jeff Elman (6/11/15)

  • Genome-controlling map made (U-T San Diego, 6/1/15)
    Epigenetic map may help diagnose disease characteristics
    TDLC scientist Dr. Terry Sejnowski is a co-author of the study. More

  • Software "Reads" Kids' Expressions to Measure Pain Levels (5/31/15 and 6/2/15)
    A study by researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine has demonstrated the validity of a new method for measuring pediatric pain levels using novel facial pattern recognition software (published online June 1 in the journal Pediatrics.) The group includes senior author Jeannie Huang, MD, MPH, co-author (and TDLC investigator) Marian Bartlett, PhD. and several other colleagues. More Additional Article

  • The schizophrenia mosaic: U-M team receives $3.8M grant to study genetic differences
    A group of scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School, in collaboration with researchers at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (headed by TDLC investigator Fred H. Gage, Ph.D.) will study "mosaicism" in schizophrenia. (5/29/15) More

  • Emotient Granted Patent to Automate Facial Expression Analytics
    New Patent Covers Crowdsourcing of Training Data for Deep Learning System (PR Newswire, 5/21/15) More

  • Isabel Gauthier Named 2015 SEC Professor of the Year! This award is given annually to one SEC faculty member whose "record of teaching, research and scholarship places him or her among the elite in higher education." (4/29/15) More

  • Dr. Marlene BehrmannTDLC's Marlene Behrmann Elected To National Academy of Sciences (NAS)!
    Dr. Behrmann is the first female scientist from Carnegie Mellon University to be elected to the NAS. (4/28/15)

  • TDLC Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student, Parker Cohn, wins first place in the San Diego Social Innovation Challenge 2015 with his H2gO water purification project! Learn more about his project, and read about the Social Innovation Challenge winners

  • Marian Bartlett and Javier Movellan speak about commercializing Emotientfacial expression recognition technology that was fostered by the unique multidisciplinary environment at the (TDLC / INC) at UC San Diego. Credit: UCSD Technology Transfer Office. Watch the video!

  • Learning how to learn: beyond the ‘math and science death march’
    Professor Barbara Oakley discusses the Mooc, Learning How to Learn, that she and Dr. Terry Sejnowski co-developed. (4/16/15) More

  • Isabel Gauthier is a recipient of the 2015 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award! These annual awards honor one faculty member from each SEC university who has excelled in teaching, research and scholarship.(4/8/15) More

  • Food for thought: Master protein enhances learning and memory
    Salk researchers and collaborators, including TDLC's Dr. Fred Gage, discovered that physical and mental activities rely on a single metabolic protein, ERRγ, that controls the flow of blood and nutrients throughout the body. (4/7/15) More

  • Drs. Terry Sejnowski, Andrea Chiba, Fred Gage, Howard Poizner, Terry Jernigan, and Jeff Elman featured in article: How does your brain work? We're learning (U-T San Diego Apr. 2, 2015) . Also: The Wonders of Your Brain:

    Dr. Chiba interviewed
    Dr. Sejnowski: Tune-ups for your Ferrari of a Brain
    Dr. Poizner (interview on page 2)
    Dr. Jernigan: Becoming a better you: the 30s, 40s

  • TDLC's Dr. Terry Jernigan contributed to a paper published in Nature Neuroscience (online March 30, 2015): Family income, parental education and brain structure in children and adolescents. In the paper, a team of investigators from nine universities across the country reported correlative links between family income and brain structure. Articles:
    Higher income linked to smarter kids; With higher incomes, child brains
    expand in areas linked to education, researchers say.
    (U-T San Diego, 3/30/15)
    Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children
    and adolescents
    (Children's Hospital L.A. Press Release, 3/30/15)

  • Updated Data Grid Information!
    TDLC has updated its instructions, server, and access to the Data Grid!
    To learn more, click here!

  • TDLC Trainees Win Awards through the Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program!
    TDLC undergrads Rafael Aguayo, Jennifer Lu, Shuying Yu, Marlene Samano, and Luisa Schuster, along with graduate student Amanda Song and post-doc Victor Minces, have all won awards through the UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program. This program is an investment in UC San Diego's "leadership role in interdisciplinary research." (3/12/15) Learn more

  • Dr. Clark's imageTDLC Investigator Dr. Robert Clark Wins Vizzie Award
    Dr. Clark recently received an 'Expert's Choice' Vizzie Award in the Posters and Graphics category for his poster titled "Hippocampal Neurons." The Vizzie awards "mark completion of the first NSF and Popular Science challenge collaboration that celebrates the use of visual media to clearly and accessibly communicate scientific data and research." More

  • Dr. Gyuri Buzsaki and Colleagues in the News:
    Fred Gage"Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time." The study results are published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience (March 2, 2015). Related articles:
    Brain's 'compass' keeps working during sleep (3/12/15)
    Why sleepwalkers don't bump into walls: Brain's 'GPS system' still works
    when we're asleep, study finds
    Sleep-walking neurons: Brain's GPS never stops working-even
    during sleep (3/2/15)
    Our Brain's Navigation System Is As Active During Sleep As During
    Our Waking Hours (3/2/15)
    Brain’s GPS Works During Sleep (3/2/15)

    Dr. April Benasich
  • Board of Governors Appoints April A. Benasich First Holder of The Elizabeth H. Solomon Endowed Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
    (Rutgers Today, Feb. 3, 2015). More

  • Dr. Marlene Behrmann featured in Huffington Post article:
    The Fascinating Idiosyncracies Of The Austistic Brain
    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University used fMRI technology to study the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They found idiosyncratic patterns of connectivity (Their findings were recently published in the journal Nature Neuroscience).

  • Dr. April Benasich Featured in Scientific American Article: How to Build a Better Learner
    Brain studies suggest new ways to improve reading, writing and arithmetic—and even social skills (Scientific American, 1/1/15). More

  • TDLC News - January 2015 is now available!

  • Brain Research Shows Different Pathways Are Responsible for Person and Movement Recognition
    TDLC's Dr. Marlene Behrmann is part of a study published in the Jan. 12 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), that illustrates for the first time how individuals with prosopagnosia, or face blindness, are still able to recognize other people's movements. More

  • TDLC's Dr. Fred Gage gave keynote address at the USC Stem Cell Symposium (11/17/14)
    Dr. Gage discussed the concept of “mobile elements,” genetic material that that can move from one part of the genome to another. During the event, top researchers share their innovative research "shaping the future of regenerative medicine." (USC News, 1/23/15) More

  • TDLC Researchers to participate in Deep Learning Summit!
    When: Jan. 29-30, 2015, in San Francisco, CA
    TDLC Investigator Dr. Marian Bartlett, with Dr. Joshua Susskind -- co-founders of Emotient -- will offer a session that addresses "Facial Recognition & Expression Analysis." More

  • Call for Abstracts for the Biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception & Cognition (SMPC). For more about the SMPC Conference, click here.

    Brain Bee 2013
  • TDLC is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual San Diego Brain Bee Neuroscience Competition that was held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the NSB Auditorium in Revelle College of UC San Diego. Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition that challenges high school students from all over the world to answer questions regarding the brain. This competition is in over 20 countries, with 70 locally hosted brain bees. The winner will receive a full paid trip to compete in the U.S. National Brain Bee. Read more

  • Fred GageMedicalResearch.com Interview with Dr. György Buzsáki
    TDLC Investigator Dr. Buzsáki discusses the NeuroGrid's ability to capture activity of individual neurons from the brain surface: "We developed a novel, organic material-based, ultra-conformable, biocompatible and scalable neural interface array (the 'NeuroGrid') with neuron-size density electrodes capable of acquiring action potential of individual neurons from the surface of the brain." (12/30/14) More

  • Scott MakeigTeam Assembled by Scott Makeig Wins $300K President's Research Catalyst Award (Dec. 10, 2014)
    UC President Janet Napolitano announced the first five recipients, chosen from a pool of almost 200 proposals.Dr. Makeig's project brings together "UC experts on music listening, performance, neuroscience, brain imaging and data science to understand the transformative potential of music for health and cognition." More
    Associated Articles:
    > Team Assembled by UC San Diego’s Makeig Wins $300K Award for Music-and-Science Initiative (UC San Diego News, 12/10/14)
    > UCSD Professor Wins $300K Grant for Using Music to Understand Cognition (San Diego 6 News, 12/10/14)

  • The Brain’s “Inner GPS” Gets Dismantled
    This article discusses a recent study co-authored by scientists that include TDLC's Dr. Robert Clark and Dr. Larry Squire. The research findings, published in the current issue of Cell Reports, builds upon the Nobel Prize-winning science about "place cells." (UCSD News Center, 11/10/14)

  • The Magic of Music with John IversenThe Magic of Music:
    TDLC researcher Dr. John Iversen gave a talk on the SIMPHONY project at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on Oct. 25, 2014, in a session entitled "The Magic of Music: Bringing Science and the San Diego Youth Symphony Together at AACAP." The session focused on the role of music in leading to healthy child development and featured additional talks by Dalouge Smith, CEO of SD Youth Symphony, Dr. William Wood, and Dr. Jim Hudziak. The session ended with performances by Community Opus and SDYS performers who spoke movingly about the deeply positive impact music has had on their lives.

  • Jazz Pianist Eldar teamed with TDLC's Terry Sejnowski at the Salk Science & Music Series, Nov. 2, 2014, for an eclectic afternoon of jazz and neurobiology. More

  • EEG Test to Help Understand and Treat Schizophrenia
    Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine have validated an EEG test to study and treat schizophrenia. TDLC's Dr. Scott Makeig is co-author of one of the cited studies. (UCSD News Center, Oct. 29, 2014) More

  • UC San Diego bolsters reputation as top neuroscience research center with more than $10 million in new federal grants
    TDLC Co-Directors Terry Sejnowski and Andrea Chiba are featured in the article. Dr. Chiba describes her team’s NSF BRAIN Initiative grant for “Socially Situated Neuroscience,” which was received in August 2014, and Dr. Sejnowski is mentioned for his work "with the Obama Administration and federal science agencies to craft and promote the BRAIN Initiative." (UC San Diego News Center, 10/9/14). More

  • April Benasich featured TDLC's April Benasich and colleagues at Rutgers University are featured in an article and video, describing their study that was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
    Listen up, baby! Rutgers research boosts listening skills of infants
    Click here to read the publication in the Journal of Neuroscience

  • Marian BartlettTDLC Investigator Marian Bartlett, PhD, Co-Founder & Lead Scientist of Emotient, gave a TEDx talk on October 11, 2014, at the Transformation Through Us event held at San Diego State University. Dr. Bartlett spoke about Emotion Aware Machines. Computers that can recognize emotions will transform the way people interact with technology, enabling richer connections between man and machine. Dr. Bartlett demonstrated novel technology that can recognize facial expressions in real-time, using any standard camera. Imagine machines that can predict our intentions. By measuring facial expression, we have access to the emotions that drive our decisions. Click here for details! Marni's Bio on TEDx | KPBS Article and Video | Additional Information

  • Terry Sejnowski and Barbara OakleyTDLC's Terry Sejnowski, with Barbara Oakley, are offering another set of lectures for Coursera on "Learning How to Learn," starting October 3rd, 2014. The initial launch of the course, in August 2014, was the most popular massive open online course (or MOOC) offered by UC San Diego to date. Click here to register for the course!" Read the UC San Diego article: Hooked on Learning: Popular online class offers practical tips based on brain-based research on how to improve learning skills. (10/2/14)

  • Study by TDLC's April Benasich and colleagues of Rutgers University is published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience

    How Whooshes and Beeps Can Make Babies Better Listeners
    A new study says that certain sounds can prime infant brains for
    language learning. (10/9/14)
    Acoustic training could accelerate language skills early on
    in babies
    Study: Build baby’s language skills early (10/3/14)
    Improving Babies’ Language Skills Before They’re Even Old
    Enough To Speak
    Babies Can Learn Better Language Skills Before Speech (10/1/14)

  • BRAIN Initiative to fund first decoding of a key brain circuit in mammals
    TDLC's Gyorgy Buzsaki is part of a project, "Towards a complete description of the circuitry underlying memory replay" that will chart the complex connections between brain cells that allow us to make and retrieve lasting memories. The study is a collaboration between Ivan Soltesz (UC Irvine), Gyorgy Buzsaki (New York University), John Lisman (Brandeis University) and Attila Losonczy (Columbia University). (Science News Wire, 10/1/14).

  • New TDLC Data Grid!
    TDLC has a new large capacity (15 TB) server on which to store and share its data! For instructions on how to use the server, click here. (For future reference, the instructions are also available under Quick Links).

  • TDLC News - September 2014 is now available!

  • TDLC Investigators Marian Bartlett, Gwen Littlefort, and Javier Movellan in the News! (Sept. 3, 2014)
    Emotient Gains Exclusive Rights to New, Expansive Patent Issued for Automated Facial Action Coding System

  • Matching Learning Style to Instructional Method: Effects on Comprehension
    This paper by former TDLC trainee Beth Rogowsky, along with Barbara Calhoun and TDLC's Director of Translation, Paula Talla, was recently published in the Journal of Educational Psychology (July 28 , 2014).

  • Dr. Andrea ChibaFour UC San Diego Faculty Win ‘Early Concept’ Grants from Obama’s BRAIN Initiative
    TDLC Co-Director Dr. Andrea Chiba is one of four scientists at UC San Diego (among 36 recipients nationwide) who have been awarded Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) awards from the National Science Foundation! TDLC researchers Janet Wiles and Laleh Quinn are also mentioned as primary researchers on the grant!
    Read more

    Sejnowski on KUSI News
  • Dr. Terrence Sejnowski on KUSI News (8/14/14)
    Salk Institute laboratory head talks new role in brain cells
    TDLC's SejnowskI discusses newly discovered role of astrocytes in the brain.

  • Gyorgy Buzsaki featured in articles about "Neurodata Without Borders." The collaborative project is aimed at making databases about the brain more useable and accessible for neuroscientists worldwide.
    Neuroscience collaboration aims to increase data sharing
    (8/5/14, The Daily Californian)
    Prominent U.S. Research Institutions Announce Collaboration Toward
    Sharing and Standardizing Neuroscience Data
    (8/4/14, The Kavli

    Terry Sejnowski and Barbara Oakley
  • TDLC's Terry Sejnowski, with Barbara Oakley, have put together a set of lectures for Coursera on "Learning How to Learn," which launched on August 1, 2014, and will continue through the month. Click here to join or to learn more!

  • Dr. Gedeon Deák Interviewed on Hangout On Air
    August 5, 2014, 9:00-9:30 am (PST). Click here to view the webcast More information

  • Terry Sejnowski and Team Featured in the News:
    Memory Relies On Astrocytes, The Brain’s Lesser Known Cells
    (July 30, 2014, redOrbit)
    Astrocytes, The Brain's Lesser Known Cells, Get Some Cognitive Respect
    (July 28, 2014, Science 2.0)

  • Tea For 3: Trainees Get To Know One Another!
    Beginning this Fall, Tea for 3, a new, fun program to facilitate increased interaction among TDLC Trainees, will begin. Carmela Arstill, TDLC’s Diversity, Outreach & Translation Programs Manager, along with REU Trainee, Sarah Saturday, will be in charge of the logistics of the program. The simple idea is to prompt sets of three TDLC trainees, at multiple career stages and from different labs, to meet briefly to discuss their research and career plans over coffee or tea. More

  • Gyuri Buzsaki Selected As A Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher for 2014!
    TDLC Investigator Dr. Gyuri Buzsaki has been selected as a 2014 Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. To earn this distinction, a researcher "ranks among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact." Members represent "some of the world's leading scientific minds." TDLC investigator Rusty Gage is also a member of this distinguished group. More
  • International Mind Brain Education Conference
    Nov. 6-8, 2014; Fort Worth, Texas. More

  • The Art of Science Learning, Innovation Launch
    Thursday, Oct. 16, 5:30-8:00 p.m.,
    Balboa Park Grand Ballroom
    Art + Science + Learning = Innovation!
    Hosted by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and
    funded by the National Science Foundatio. More

  • IBNS 2015 Call for Symposia/Satellite Proposals
    The Annual Meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) will be held at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from June 2-7, 2015. The deadline for priority consideration of symposium proposals is October 17, 2014. More

  • Play Day for EducatorsPlay Day for Educators!
    Held at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park; July 24, 2014
    Educators and leaders in schools, universities, museums, learning centers… Move, make, and play — merging art, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics! TDLC researchers will be participating and presenting workshops. More

  • Fred GageGyuri Buzsaki Receives the Ariëns Kappers Medal
    Gyuri Buzsaki received the Ariëns Kappers Medal on July 1, 2014, for his contribution to neuroscience, in particular for his role in understanding brain oscillations. This honor is awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences on recommendation by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience to people who made exceptional contributions to neuroscience. More about the medal

  • Emotient featured in Forbes Magazine (6/18/14)
    What Does The Future Of Retail Look Like? Four Young Companies Provide A Glimpse

  • NEW! Blog post featuring TDLC's Alex Khalil and John Iversen's Convergence Symposium: Phenomenological Experience in Music: Between a Referential and Absolute Approach (posted in Pathways in Music, May 24, 2014)

  • Call for Presenters: 4th Annual Early Childhood STEM Institute
    Support STEM in early education!
    The conference will be held on September 3-5, 2014, at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego, CA. Click here to download the form.

  • Convergence Symposium panel discussion videos now available!

  • Jim TanakaTDLC's Jim Tanaka and Team Featured in UVic Article
    Face Value: UVic researchers give children with autism a fun way to hone their social skills (5/2014)
    The article highlights research at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Autism Research Technology and Education (CARTE). Projects at CARTE "range from workshops for early childhood teachers to the creation of groundbreaking computer games" such as Let's Face It and FaceMaze, using the latest advances in software and hardware technologies to help people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). More

  • Fred Gage and Team are Featured in Salk Press Release:
    New stem cell research points to early indicators of schizophrenia
    The article describes the findings of their study, published online in April's Molecular Psychiatry, that "support the theory that the neurological dysfunction that eventually causes schizophrenia may begin in the brains of babies still in the womb." (5/12/14) Read the Press Release

  • TDLC investigators Marian Bartlett and Jim Tanaka are featured in an article about Emotion Aware Google Glassware and Emotion Mirror App
    Emotient to Present Emotion Aware Google Glassware at Vision Sciences Society 2014; Emotient, UC San Diego, and University of Victoria Also Release Web-based Autism Intervention App Called Emotion Mirror (Digital Journal, May 12, 2014). More

  • Paula Tallal and Fast ForWord are featured in Wired Magazine
    Game your brain: The new benefits of neuroplasticity (Wired, 4/17/14)
    The article features TDLC Investigator Paula Tallal and her work on Fast ForWord, and discusses brain plasticity and brain-training games. More

  • A New Method Applied to Kinematic Data Reveals Hidden Influences on Reach and Grasp Trajectories
    TDLC's Daniel Bub and his colleagues at the University of Victoria (Canada) have developed new statistical procedures that allow them to measure the influence of competing action intentions on the execution of a reach and grasp response. Their paper has just been accepted for publication in Psychological Science. More

  • Marian BartlettMan vs. Computer: Which Can Best Spot Pain Fakers? (5/1/14)
    (ABC News, video and article)
    TDLC's Dr. Marian Bartlett discusses her team's cutting edge research at UC San Diego, that could "change how doctors treat patients and their pain."

  • Computer Software Accurately Predicts Student Test Performance
    (UC San Diego News Center, April 15, 2014)
    This article describes technology that "uses facial expression recognition to detect how engaged students are during a class and to predict how well they will do in that class." Featured TDLC researchers include Drs. Jacob Whitehill, Javier Movellan, and Zewelanji Serpell (as well as discussion of Emotient and the Machine Perception Lab at UC San Diego). More

  • Stephanie Alfonso, a former Amgen Scholar from Andrea Chiba's lab, has published a first-author paper! Read the paper
    More about the Amgen Scholar Program

  • Extreme Memory Tournament in San Diego on April 26-27:
    The world’s top 16 memory athletes will be competing for $60K in prize money(TDLC Funder Sponsored Event). Find out more!

  • TDLC News - April 2014 is now available!

  • RUBI and Emotient featured on KPBS:
    KPBS: Rubi and Emotient

    When Computers
    Can Read You
    Like A Book

    (April 9, 2014)

  • Eliciting brain plasticity to keep the body moving
    Engineers think 'out of the box' to help solve motor control issues for Parkinson's patients and others (Science Nation, March 31, 2014)
    TDLC is featured in the National Science Foundation (NSF) online magazine, Science Nation, which describes Gert Cauwengerghs' NSF grant 'Emerging Frontiers in Research Innovation (EFRI)' and highlights the Motion Capture-Brain Dynamics Lab.

  • TDLC All-Hands Meeting 2014 Videos Are Now Available!

  • Computer Accurately Detects Pain (U-T San Diego, March 20, 2014)
    A study by researchers at UC San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. TDLC's Marni Bartlett is lead author of the paper titled "Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions,” published in the latest issue of Current Biology. More
    Another related article: Computers Spot False Faces Better Than People (UC San Diego News Center, March 20, 2014)

  • UC San Diego Start-Up Emotient Shows the Face of New Technology
    (UC San Diego News Center, March 12, 2014)

    Mike Mozer
  • Event:
    "Approaching Twenty Years of Knowledge Tracing" Workshop
    In conjunction with The 7th International Conference on Educational Data Mining, July 4, 2014 - July 7, 2014, Institute of Education, London, UK
    Co-organized by TDLC's Mike Mozer. More

  • Put Down That Cellphone! Study Finds Parents Distracted by Devices
    (NBC News Health/Parenting, March 9, 2014)
    TDLC's Gedeon Deák is interviewed in the article, which discusses the topic of parents using mobile devices around their children.

  • This Google Glass App Will Detect Your Emotions, Then Relay Them Back To Retailers (March 6, 2014)
    Facial recognition company Emotient will open a private beta for a Google Glass app that detects users' emotions in real time. (TDLC's Marian Bartlett and Javier Movellan are co-founders and lead researchers for Emotient). More

  • TEN Brain Awareness Week Presentation
    March 13, 2014, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
    TDLC's The Educator Network Presents:  Making Your Brain Mind: An Owner's Manual (Featured Speaker, Dr. David Daniel). Live Presentation/Webinar, followed by a panel discussion of area high school students and UC San Diego students. Reception & Refreshments to Follow.  Click here to download a Video of the Presentation!

  • New TDLC Publication in Nature Communications:
    Temporally selective contextual encoding in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus
    L.M. Rangel, A.S. Alexander, J.B. Aimone, J. Wiles, F.H. Gage, A.A. Chiba & L.K. Quinn
    Click here for online version or PDF

    Marlene Behrmann
  • Behrmann studies how brain works with one hemisphere
    (CMU The Tartan Online, Feb. 9, 2014 )
    TDLC's Marlene Behrmann discusses brain plasticity — the ability of the brain to change and adapt its structure and function. She believes that an understanding of brain plasticity could have a substantial influence on the way the brain is viewed. "Contrary to received wisdom, the brain is really a pretty flexible machine," Behrmann said. "There may be ways to optimize brain function, both in normal individuals and individuals with some kind of abnormality." More

    Mike Mozer
  • New Publication by TDLC's Mike Mozer, Doctoral candidate Rob Lindsey, and DEAP member and middle-school teacher Jeff Shroyer:
    CU-built software uses big data to battle forgetting with personalized content review
    (Univ. of Colorado Boulder News, Jan. 21, 2014)

    According to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder, computer-based individualized study schedules can help students remember what they have studied. TDLC's Mike Mozer is senior author of the study, published in the journal Psychological Science. Another related article about their study: Students remember more with personalized review, even after classes end (Jan. 21, 2014).

  • 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 deadline is quickly approaching - February 21, 2014. More

  • Marni BartlettTDLC'S Marni Bartlett in the news:
    Facial-Recognition Tech Can Read Your Emotions
    (LiveScience, 1/30/14)
    Innovator Talks about Getting University Work into Business

    (The San Diego Union Tribune, 1/27/14)
    Read an Interview with Marian Bartlett, co-founder and lead researcher for Emotient, winner of Connect's 2013 Most Innovative New Products Award in the software category for FACET. More

  • Marlene BehrmannBehrmann studies how brain works with one hemisphere
    (CMU The Tartan Online, Feb. 9, 2014 )
    TDLC's Marlene Behrmann discusses brain plasticity — the ability of the brain to change and adapt its structure and function. She believes that an understanding of brain plasticity could have a substantial influence on the way the brain is viewed. "Contrary to received wisdom, the brain is really a pretty flexible machine," Behrmann said. "There may be ways to optimize brain function, both in normal individuals and individuals with some kind of abnormality."

  • Mike MozerNew Publication by TDLC's Mike Mozer, Doctoral candidate Rob Lindsey, and DEAP member and middle-school teacher Jeff Shroyer:
    CU-built software uses big data to battle forgetting with personalized content review
    (Univ. of Colorado Boulder News, Jan. 21, 2014)

    According to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder, computer-based individualized study schedules can help students remember what they have studied. TDLC's Mike Mozer is senior author of the study, published in the journal Psychological Science. Another related article about their study: Students remember more with personalized review, even after classes end (Jan. 21, 2014).

  • 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 deadline is quickly approaching - February 21, 2014. More

  • Marni BartlettTDLC'S Marni Bartlett in the news:
    Facial-Recognition Tech Can Read Your Emotions
    (LiveScience, 1/30/14)
    Innovator Talks about Getting University Work into Business

    (The San Diego Union Tribune, 1/27/14)
    Read an Interview with Marian Bartlett, co-founder and lead researcher for Emotient, winner of Connect's 2013 Most Innovative New Products Award in the software category for FACET. More

  • Play Day for EducatorsPlay Day for Educators!
    Held at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park; July 24, 2014, 3:30-6:30pm
    Educators and leaders in schools, universities, museums, learning centers…
    Move, make, and play — merging art, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics!
    TDLC researchers will be participating and presenting workshops. More

  • TDLC Investigators in Recent News:
    Meet the Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality(WIRED, Jan. 16, 2014)
    Terry Sejnowski is mentioned in relation to the BRAIN Initiative and his 1985 co-invention
    (with Geoffrey Hinton) of the Boltzmann machine, one of the earliest neural nets.
    2014 : What Scientific Idea is Ready for Retirement?
    (EDGE, Jan. 15, 2014)
    Contributor: Terry Sejnowski, discussing Grandmother Cells
    The future of shopping: When psychology and emotion meet analytics
    Marian Bartlett is featured (ZDNet, Jan. 15, 2014)

  • Opportunity for Students:
    Nengo Summer School, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. More

    Javier Movellan
  • Javier Movellan Featured in the Union Tribune (Jan. 6, 2014)
    Five Top Innovators of 2013 Share Their "Aha" Moments
    TDLC's Dr. Movellan is co-founder and lead researcher at Emotient, a company that "translates facial expressions into actionable information, enabling companies to create new levels of customer engagement."
    Read the article

  • Fred GageSalk Scientist Fred Gage named to National Academy of Inventors (Dec. 12, 2013)
    NAI Fellows are nominated by their peers, and "are honored for having demonstrated 'a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.'" More

  • Emotient Connect award 2013TDLC investigators Javier Movellan and Marian Stewart Bartlett are co-founders of Emotient, a company that recently received the Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Award in the Software category at the 2013 CONNECT MIP Awards .(Dec. 6, 2013).

  • Recent Event: Crick-Jacobs Symposium - Transgenic Models of the Human Brain
    This event, held on Dec. 19, 2013, in the Frederic de Hoffmann Auditorium at the Salk Institute, was organized by Terrence J. Sejnowski and John H. Reynolds. More info

  • TDLC News - December July 2013 is now available!

  • sfn TDLC at the 43rd annual meeting of
    the Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

    The Annual SfN Neuroscience Meeting is the largest neuroscience meeting in the nation. Over 30,000 colleagues from more than 80 countries gather to discuss global neuroscience. Many TDLC investigators and trainees attended this year's event in San Diego on November 9-13, 2013. More

  • 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:
    1. The Mind Brain and Education Society Early Career Award
    2. IMBESThe Mind Brain and Education Society Translation Award
    3. 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
    SalkTDLC 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
    Gedeon DeakSeveral 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 

  • Howard PoiznerA 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.

  • Javier Movellan TDLC Investigator and Emotient Co-Founder Dr. Javier Movellan Featured In New York Times (Oct. 14, 2013)
    An article in The New York Times, "The Rapid Advance of Artificial
    ," features Dr. Javier Movellan, discussing the future of emotion aware computing. 

  • Terrence SejnowskiTerry 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!
    John Iversen"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

  • Javier Movellan Featured In New York Times(Oct. 14, 20130
    An article in The New York Times, "The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence ," features TDLC's Dr. Javier Movellan, discussing the future of emotion aware computing. 

    Marlene Behrmann
  • 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."

  • 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 LabPoizner 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

  • Sally Ride ScienceSally 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

  • Tarr and LebrechtResearch Highlight:
    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 ...

  • CBAMUC 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
    Mozart and the MindJoin 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 ...

  • ConnectMapping the Active Brain: Unlocking the
    Next Frontier – Solving the Mystery of the Human Mind

    CONNECT has assembled panelists (including TDLC's Terry Sejnowski, as well as Ralph Greenspan, Associate Dir. of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UCSD (KIBM)) to discuss the BRAIN Initiative and what the project’s "enormous potential will be to the future of science, innovation and patients."
    Date: Fri, May 17, 5pm – 8pm, Sanford Consortium Auditorium, La Jolla, CA
    (Connect Member: $30 Non-Member: $50). More info ...

    AHM 2013
  • TDLC All-Hands Meeting 2013 videos now available!

  • This is your mind on music (U-T San Diego, April 27, 2013)
    Mainly Mozart's "Mozart & the Mind" series will get you thinking
    Features Tim Mullen and TDLC's Alex Khalil.

  • TDLC News for April 2013 is available!

  • President Obama announces BRAIN Initiative;
    UC San Diego, 'Mesa' colleagues and private-public partners will play key roles
    TDLC co-Director Terry Sejnowski "joined President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2013, at the launch of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative—a major Administration neuroscience effort that advances and builds upon collaborative scientific work by leading brain researchers such as Salk's own Sejnowski." (taken from Salk News Release). For more info:
  • Gamelan project highlighted on BBC News online:
    Power of Art: Can music help treat children with attention disorders?
    (BBC News, March 4, 2013)
    "Could learning music help children with attention disorders? New research suggests playing a musical instrument improves the ability to focus attention."
    Click here for the article!

  • BAW 2013TDLC Webinar of 3/12/13:
    How to Learn More Deeply and Creatively: Concrete Tools from Neuroscience and from Zombies

    We hope you enjoyed NSF - Temporal Dynamic Learning Center's presentation for Brain Awareness Week. To view the recorded Webinar, click here. Thank you!
    Click here for information about this past event .

  • TDLC All Hands Meeting 2013
    Click here to see the topics that were discussed in the TDLC All Hands Meeting 2013!

  • Brain Bee 2013TDLC was one of the sponsors of the 5th Annual San Diego Brain Bee Neuroscience Competition that was held on February 10, 2013, in the Cal-IT2 Auditorium at UC San Diego. The event, a live question and answer competition, is designed to teach high school students from around the world about the brain. Students compete for the title of best brain and are tested in such topics as "brain cognition and function, diseases, physiology, and chemistry." Read more...

  • Robot baby Diego-san, built by the Machine Perception Lab at UCSD (with TDLC's Javier Movellan) to study the cognitive development of infants, is featured in recent press
    The Machine Perception Lab received funding from the National Science Foundation to contract Kokoro Co. Ltd. and Hanson Robotics, two companies that specialize in building lifelike animatronics and androids. 
  • 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
    Location: 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
    National Science BoardDate: 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...

  • Isabel GauthierSex 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
    Dan FeldmanThe 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
  • 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
    Mocap in the newsWhy 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
  • 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!
    US News & World ReportNational 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

  • Paula TallalBuzsakiTDLC 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

  • ImbesVideos 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.

  • Isabel GauthierEarly 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.

  • Face Camp Super PotatoThe 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

  • Gyorgy BuzsakiTDLC 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:
    Initiative priorities
    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!

    Isabel Gauthier
  • 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
    > Editorial

  • TDLC All Hands Meeting Videos now posted on The Science Network! (Feb 2011)

  • TDLC All Hands Meeting Posters: Poster Gallery now available here

  • Terrence SejnowskiTerrence 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 TDLC All-Hands Meeting 2011 - Date: January 28-29, 2011
Click here to read about TDLC's AHM Special Speaker Series




Buzsaki brain image in NY Times article 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
Brain, Illuminated by a Rainbow"
> See the image in the slideshow:
The Beautiful Mind

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)
Dr. 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
MRINSFRutgers 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 figure Decision making influences the neural dynamics associated with rewarded learning
Recently published in NeuroImage (Sept. 25, 2010)


High Tech Middle School 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
Discovery Channel in Dr. Poizner's Lab

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

TSN logo 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.

Prospective Students Resource Page (December 2009)

Are you interested in studying in a TLDC lab? Check out the following resource page which lists TDLC investigators, institutions, and links!

Yetta Wong Awarded Grant (November 2009)

Yetta Wong, TDLC graduate student at Vanderbilt, member of PEN, has been awarded a competitive Dissertation Enhancement Grant of $2000 from the Vanderbilt Graduate School to visit Scott Makeig (SIN, SMN) to learn how to apply ICA to her ERP data on expert perception of musical notation.

Preuss School Teacher Selected as California’s Nominee for National Teacher of the Year (November 5, 2009)

Kelly Kovacic, social studies department chair at UC San Diego’s Preuss School and a UCSD alumna, has been named as California’s nominee for the prestigious National Teacher of the Year competition.

Smithsonian Article: Robot Babies (July 2009)

Building a robot that humans can love is pretty ambitious. But TDLC investigator Javier Movellan (in his San Diego lab with RUBI) says he would like to develop a robot that loves humans. Full Article

(Timothy Archibald, Smithsonian Magazine)

TDLC All-Hands Meeting 2009 (Friday, March 20, 2009)

The Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center recently held its annual All-Hands Meeting at the University of California, San Diego. Members and Trainees gathered to discuss the progress over the past year, as well as organize the future goals of the Center. Videos of the event are now available thanks to TDLC partner, The Science Network. View the videos here