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  • 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." More

  • 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