What's New

Photo of YorkTDLC Trainee Eva Pastalkova, Ph.D., Receives Prestigious Award

TDLC Trainee Eva Pastalkova has been recognized by The Society for Neuroscience (SfN), who awarded her The 2009 Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience. The award recognizes young scientists who have exhibited ongoing international collaboration based on outstanding science. More

How Do We Learn

boys studying How do we learn? This is a question with multiple, multifaceted answers. Indeed, the question underlies many TDLC research projects. And in cognitive science, it is often fruitful to focus not on the normal operation of a cognitive system, but rather its failure. Thus, one recently completed TDLC project centered on failure – specifically, why students fail to learn in educational settings. More

What's New

Ah to be an Expert
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. Click here to read more about this and other TDLC 2010 Highlights

Visual Pathways Fine Tuned over Time
Marlene Behrmann, Carnegie Mellon University

Photo ofIn 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. Now TDLC researchers Marlene Behrmann, K. Suzanne Scherf, Beatriz Luna and Galia Avidan have investigated at the neural level the ability to represent individual faces and houses.

Our Rich Cognitive Abilities
Tim Curran, University of Colorado

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? TDLC Investigator Tim Curran and Graduate Student Erika Nyhus wrote a comprehensive review paper of episodic memory.

Ask the Scientist

Featured Scientist: Paula Tallal, TDLC Co-Director
Note: Response based on her experience as a licensed clinical psychologist

What is the connection between discipline, social-learning,
and neuro-functioning?

Discipline is highly related to self-control as well as self-esteem. There are really two factors we emphasize regarding discipline ... More

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SpotlightTDLC'sThe Educator Network Forum

Recent Discussion: Smart Phones Aid in Algebra Learning

A district in North Carolina is using smart phones as an aid to learning algebra and finding great success. 

Interesting Articles
arrow The science of educating
A conversation with Terry Sejnowski, TDLC Director of External Affairs TDLC, on The Science Network (TSN)
arrow Learning, adaptation can change brain connections, CMU researchers say
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 10, 2009
arrow Education: Learning Styles Debunked
ScienceDaily, Dec. 17, 2009

Fun Brain Facts

There are 186 million more neurons in the left cerebral hemisphere than in the right cerebral hemisphere.

The word "brain" appears 66 times in the plays of William Shakespeare.