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  • Rats can make friends with robot rats and will rescue them when stuck (Daily News 11/27/18)
    Laleh Quinn and her colleagues in Dr. Andrea Chiba's lab tested whether rats can detect social signals from robotic rats. Their research is highlighted in the article. More

  • Emergent Brain Dynamics: Prebirth to Adolescence
    This new volume is based on an in-depth symposium examining the important question, 'how do early experiences influence brain development to determine who we become?' TDLC's Dr. April Benasich is one of the book's editors! (from Strüngmann Forum Reports) More

  • Rat RobotRobot ‘rat’ meets real rat — and science happens
    Scott Heath, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of TDLC's Dr. Janet Wiles, presented the unpublished work at the 2018 Society for Neuroscience annualmeeting. Heath and his colleagues at the University of Queensland in Australia, are collaborating with neuroscientists at UC San Diego to program the robot with specific responses so researchers can use it to study complex social behaviors. More (Spectrum, 11/6/18)

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  • How to Start a Deep Learning Revolution (10/25/18, Brain Inspired)
    Dr. Terrence Sejnowski is interviewed for a podcast on Brain Inspired: "How to Start a Deep Learning Revolution."  He discusses his new book, The Deep Learning Revolution. Listen to the podcast! (#15 on the following webpage)

  • Australia Uses Tech to Preserve its Languages (U.S. News, 10/30/18)
    OpieTDLC investigator Dr. Janet Wiles, with researchers from the University of Queensland and the ARC Center of Excellence for the Dynamics of Languages, is leading a program that aims to teach children in indigenous communities the language of their ancestors. They have developed the Indigenous Language Opie - a 2-foot-tall wooden figure shaped like a robot - to help combat the potential disappearance of indigenous languages. More (Photo by Shaina Russell)

  • Steven PanHow to Study Less and Learn More
    Steven Pan, UC San Diego doctoral student in psychology, discusses effective learning techniques from cognitive psychology research, and has turned these tips into workshops for undergraduate students and a How to effectively study web page! (UC San Diego News Center, 10/18/18). More

  • Dr. SejnowskiA pioneering scientist explains ‘deep learning’
    Dr. Terry Sejnowski discusses his new book, The Deep Learning Revolution, as well as the field of deep learning in general. He argues that "the hype about killer AI or robots making us obsolete ignores exciting possibilities happening in the fields of computer science and neuroscience, and what can happen when artificial intelligence meets human intelligence." Read what he has to say in this fascinating interview! (The Verge, 10/16/18)

  • Internship through the PoNG CenterTapping Untapped Talent: Internship program taps into the talents of autistic youth
    Former TDLC researcher Leanne Chukoskie, with support from the San Diego Foundation and the Legler Benbough Foundation, established a unique summer internship program for people on the autism spectrum. During the eight week program, run through the Power of Neurogaming Center (PoNG) at UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute, interns worked collaboratively to create video games that can help those with autism and other conditions. Read more about this exciting program!(UC San Diego News Center, 10/18; Photo: Erik Jepsen)

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  • Exploring Human-Robot Interaction (UC San Diego)
    RUBI (Robot Using Bayesian Inference), "the brain child" of former TDLC investigator Javier Movellan, has joined the lab of Andrea Chiba! RUBI continues to visit UC San Diego’s Early Childhood Education Center with TDLC's Deborah Forster to help to teach the preschoolers letters, numbers and fun songs. RUBI also helps the Chiba lab learn more about human-robot interaction and how robots can be useful. Read more
    (Photo: Andy Thai works with RUBI. Credit: Terri Rippee).

  • Learning Is a Complex and Active Process That Occurs Throughout the Life Span, New Report Says
    (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine News, 10/4/18)
    A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine highlights the dynamic process of learning throughout the life span. The report, entitled How People Learn II, also identifies areas in which more research is needed to have an even deeper understanding of human learning. TDLC investigator Dr. Zewelanji Serpell participated on the report committee. Read more

  • TDLC Part of a Global Science of Learning Meeting
    TDLC's Dr. Andrea Chiba helped to organize a Global Science of Learning Design Convening on September 26-27, 2018. The event was co-sponsored by the Jacobs Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Public Education Support Fund. Additional organizers included Daniel Leeds, Bob Wise, Winsome Waite, Simon Sommers, Karen Johnson, and David Osher. Click here to veiw more details about this Global event!

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  • Scientists Harness the Power of Neurogaming
    (Calit2 News, 9/19/18)
    Former TDLC researcher Leanne Chukoskie now directs the Power of Neuorgaming Center (PoNG) at the Qualcomm Institute. With Jeanne Townsend, director of UC San Diego's Research on Autism and Development Lab, she and her team create video games for people on the autism spectrum. They use neurogaming as a way to improve attention, gaze control and other behaviors associated with autism. The video games are gaze-driven -- players use their eyes rather than a mouse or a touchscreen, to move around. More (Photo by Alex Matthews for The Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego)

  • Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar like Birds
    Researchers used reinforcement learning to train gliders to autonomously navigate atmospheric thermals. The study, a collaboration between UC San Diego, the Salk Institute and Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Italy, was published in the Sept. 19 issue of “Nature." Dr. Terry Sejnowski, a co-author of the study, explains, "This paper is an Sond Healthimportant step toward artificial intelligence." More (UC San Diego News Center, 9/19/18)

  • Sound Health: Music and the Mind
    TDLC investigator Dr. John Iversen spoke at Music and the Mind, held at The Kennedy Center on September 7-8, 2018. The program "brought together some of today's most innovative artists and leading neuroscientists to explore connections between music, rhythm, and brain development." Read about the event on The Learning How to Learn bookKennedy Center website, or download the flyer here!

  • Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens
    Drs. Terry Sejnowski and Barbara Oakley's new book aimed at kids and teens is now available! The book, described as "a surprisingly simple way for students to master any subject," is based on one of the world's most popular online courses and the bestselling book, A Mind for Numbers. More

  • Lara Rangel and Pamela Rivière

    TDLC COMES FULL CIRCLE: TDLC's final San Diego Fellow, Pamela Rivière, receives an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to work with former TDLC Fellow Lara Rangel

    TDLC has always valued mentorship and collaboration. More than 150 students have participated in Center laboratories across 18 research institutions in four countries (U.S., Canada, England, and Australia)! A great example is the mentorship between Dr. Andrea Chiba, former trainee Dr. Lara Rangel (above, right), and current student Pamela Rivière (above, left). More

  • When surgeons removed one sixth of a child's brain, here's what happened
    The article discusses a new case study published in the journal Cell Reports, co-authored by TDLC investigator Dr. Marlene Behrmann (Carnegie Mellon University) and her team. Read the CNN article (CNN, 7/31/18) View case study Read another article on KPBS!

  • New summer internship underway at UC San Diego (7/18/18, 10 News)
    Dr. Leanne Chukoskie founded a program that has hired dozens of paid interns diagnosed with autism. The interns develop computer apps that can help others with autism, as well as anyone trying to improve motor skills and focus. Read more about this exciting program, and listen to some of the interns being interviewed!


  • Insight without Incision: Advances in noninvasive brain imaging offers improvements to epilepsy surgery
    (Carnegie Mellon University, 7/15/18)
    Dr. Marlene Behrmann and Michael Tarr's labs are part of a team that have created an ultra-resolution EEG modality with Dr. Pulkit Grover at CMU. More

  • Can science-based video games help kids with autism?
    The article discusses work at UC San Diego's Research on Autism and Development (RAD) Laboratory with Director, Jeanne Townsend, and Associate Director, Leanne Chukoskie. More (6/22/18, Science; originally published on Spectrum)

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  • How AI is helping preserve Indigenous languages: Australian researchers have partnered with Google to preserve endangered Indigenous languages
    TDLC Investigator Janet Wiles, a researcher with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), has been working to transcribe and preserve endangered languages. Last year, CoEDL partnered with Google to develop what is known as "machine learning" technology, which can process audio recordings. In addition, with the help of the Ngukurr Language Centre, they have developed a robot, known as Opie, that aids in teaching children the local languages. (photo to right; source: supplied in article). (SBS News, 5/31/18) More

  • Conference Brings Together Global Researchers on the Science of Learning (Qualcomm Institute, 5/7/18)
    Educators, cognitive psychologists, computer engineers, neuroscientists, policy makers and representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently convened in Virginia for a two-day conference called the Global Convergence on the Science of Learning to examine the scope and complexity of how humans, other animals, and machines learn and share ideas and challenges for leveraging technology to improve education. The event was hosted by TDLC and organized by QI researchers, Andrea Chiba and Leanne Chukoskie. More

  • Salk scientistsGrafted brain organoids provide insight into neurological disorders (Salk, 4/16/18)
    Salk scientists improve the growth of three-dimensional brain models to better understand autism, dementia, schizophrenia
    TDLC's Dr. Fred Gage is part of the study team. More(Credit: Salk Institute)

  • Making new memories is a balancing act
    New MemoriesSalk scientists discover that brain storage capacity is dynamic and varies by region (Salk Institute, 3/14/18)
    Dr. Terry Sejnowski is one of the authors of this new paper.
    MoreResearch paper in PNAS (image credit: Salk)

  • 15 Coolest Jobs in San Diego and How to Get Them (San Diego Magazine, 1/2/18)
    TDLC investigator Leanne Chukoskie is featured in the article! She discusses her work creating video games that help individuals with autism improve focus and manage ADHD. She also describes the soon-to-be-launched Power of NeuroGaming Center (PoNG), where she and her team will make their game design and development skills available to other researchers in the UCSD community. More

  • Drs. Tanaka and GutberletDr. Jim Tanaka Receives Provost's Engaged Scholar Award
    TDLC Investigator Jim Tanaka, Ph.D., along with scientist Jutta Gutberlet, Ph.D., have been awarded the University of Victoria Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award. The award is presented to tenured faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in their field, as well as inspired teaching and community engagement. Congratulations Drs. Tanaka and Gutberlet! (2/28/18; Photo: Gutberlet and Tanaka. Credit: UVic Photo Services.) More

  • Dr. Behrmann and Dr. TarrThe Chuck Noll Foundation For Brain Injury Research Announces Inaugural Research Grants (BusinessWire, 2/22/18)
    TDLC researchers Dr. Marlene Behrmann and Dr. Michael Tarr are part of a team that was awarded a grant from The Chuck Noll Foundation For Brain Injury Research. Their grant, "Automated Detection and Suppression of Brain Tsunamis," involves a three-year study to develop a novel system for concussion monitoring and treatment. Investigators include: Dr. Pulkit Grover, Dr. Marlene Behrmann, Dr. Michael Tarr, Dr. Shawn Kelly, Dr. Jonathan Elmer, and Dr. Lori Shuttersity. More

  • 4d gogglesNew '4-D Goggles' Allow Wearers to be 'Touched' by Approaching Objects
    A team of researchers at UC San Diego and San Diego State University has developed a pair of "4-D goggles" that allows wearers to be physically "touched" by a movie when they see a looming object on the screen. The team includes INC neuroscientists Ruey-Song Huang and Ching-fu Chen, and SDSU professor Martin Sereno. More(UC San Diego News, 2/8/18) Photo by Ching-fu Chen. Click here for the paper in Human Brain Mapping.

    Dr. Rusty Gage
  • Salk Institute Names Geneticist Rusty Gage as Interim President
    The Salk Institute announced Monday that geneticist Fred “Rusty” Gage will serve as interim president as the board begins a search for a permanent successor to retiring Elizabeth Blackburn. Dr. Gage had previously stepped into this role in an interim capacity in 2015 during former Salk President Bill Brody’s medical leave. More(Times of San Diego, 1/22/18)

  • Congratulations Dr. Terry Sejnowski, for being elected as a National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow! (12/2017)
    Dr. SejnowskiMore about the NAI Fellows Program



  • What Learning Looks Like: Creating A Well-Tuned Orchestra In Your Head
    TDLC's Dr. John Iversen is featured on KPBS, where he discusses his five-year study on the brains of children who play music in the San Diego Youth Symphony's Community Opus after-school program. Dr. Iversen is just beginning to analyze his data, but early findings suggest playing music is linked to stronger language development!
    Read more (KPBS 12/12/17)

  • Behind the boom in machine learning
    TDLC Co-Director Dr. Terry Sejnowski discusses machine learning at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Conference being held on Dec. 4-9, 2017, in Long Beach, CA. Read more Info about NIPS(Axios, 12/4/17)

  • Advances to brain-interface technology provide clearer insight into visual system
    Carnegie Mellon University engineers and cognitive neuroscientists have demonstrated that a new high-density EEG can capture the brain's neural activity at a higher spatial resolution than ever before. TDLC investigators Drs. Michael Tarr and Marlene Behrmann participated in the study! More(Science Daily, 12/4/17) Click here to read the publication.

  • Isabel GauthierVisual intelligence is not the same as IQ
    A new study by TDLC's Dr. Isabel Gauthier and her team shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people’s visual ability and that these variations are not associated with individuals’ general intelligence, or IQ. Click here to read more! (Research News at Vanderbilt, 11/7/17) Photo credit: Vanderbilt


  • Cluster mapSMART: Facial recognition for molecular structures
    An interdisciplinary team of researchers at UC San Diego has developed a method to identify the molecular structures of natural products that is faster and more accurate than existing methods. Drs. Zhang and Gerwick teamed up with TDLC's Dr. Gary Cottrell for the project. Read more Click here to view the article in Scientific Reports. Additional article in CalIT2 News: Finding a Faster, More Accurate Way to Identify Molecular Structures of Natural Products. Image above: The SMART cluster map. Credit: UC San Diego. (Phys Org, 10/31/17).

  • IBM Research and UC San Diego Collaborate to Advance the Use of Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living (9/28/17)
    TDLC investigator Virginia de Sa, Ph.D., will lead the Healthy Aging project with Laurel Riek, Ph.D., and TDLC co-Director Andrea Chiba, Ph.D., is part of the team. More

  • New kinds of brain cells revealed
    "Salk Institute and UC San Diego scientists have, for the first time, profiled chemical modifications of DNA molecules in individual neurons." Using a molecular method, they are able to identify groups of neurons with different functions. Dr. Terry Sejnowski is part of the research team. (Salk News, 8/10/17). More

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  • Salk neuroscientist receives new NSF award to model the brain (8/8/17, Salk News)
    TDLC Director Terry Sejnowski, together with the California Institute of Technology, will receive over $1 million over 3 years from the National Science Foundation to pursue advanced modeling of the brain. More (Image: Dr. Terry Sejnowski; Credit: Salk Institute)

  • Spacing out instruction for more effective learning:
    Revisiting material after days and weeks helps us remember better

    This article discusses research on the spacing effect. It includes a study by TDLC's Drs. Mozer and Pashler (with colleagues) that shows that spacing out learning over time "has the potential to double retention over timescales relevant to school or college courses." Read more about the spacing effect! (npj Science of Learning Community Digest, 8/8/17)

  • Gary Cottrell, Ph.D.CSE Professor Honored with Cognitive Science Society Fellowship
    TDLC Director Dr. Gary Cottrell has been elected a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society, an honor reflecting his "impact on the Cognitive Science community and... sustained record of excellence in research contributions." (7/31/17) Read more from the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Newsletter at UC San Diego (2nd story)

  • Neuroscientist Aims to Understand Brain Structure with New NSF Grant
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded neuroscientist Kristen Harris, Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin, a $9 million grant to explore the brain in microscopic detail. Funding will also enable Harris to expand her expertise through collaborations with TDLC's Dr. Terrence Sejnowski of the Salk Institute. (8/1/17, UT News) More

  • UC San Diego Part of International Team to Develop Wireless Implantable Microdevices for the Brain (7/11/17)
    Institute for Neural Computation (INC) Co-Directors Drs. Terry Sejnowski and Gert Cauwenberghs are part of an international collaboration led by Brown University to develop a "wireless neural prosthetic system that could record and stimulate neural activity with unprecedented detail and precision." (Image courtesy of Brown University) More

  • UVic student says his own autism inspired honours psychology research
    Brain Mapping ToolTDLC's Dr. Jim Tanaka supervised Patrick Dwyer's research at the University of Victoria. (CBC News, 6/8/17) More

  • New Brain Mapping Tool Produces Higher Resolution Data During Brain Surgery
    A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego and Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a new device to map the brain during surgery. TDLC's Joseph Snider is one of the study authors. More (UC San Diego News Center, 5/24/17;  Photo by David Baillot/UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering)

  • Drs. Sejnowski and OakleyDr. Terrence Sejnowski and Dr Barbara Oakley launch a new Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) and are writing a Learning How To Learn book for children!
    Drs. Sejnowski and Oakley's extremely popular MOOC for Coursera called "Learning How to Learn," has already enrolled 1.8 million learners. As a follow-up, they launched a new course in April called "Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential." They are also writing a "Learning How to Learn" book for children ages 10-13, to be available in April 2018!

  • Researchers Receive $7.5 Million Grant to Study Memory Capacity and Energy Efficiency in the Brain (UC San Diego News Center, 5/1/17)
    Researchers from UC San Diego and Stanford University, led by Dr. Padmini Rangamani, received the five- year grant. TDLC's Dr. Terrence Sejnowski is part of the team that hopes to answer the questions: What is the memory capacity of the brain, and how does the brain process information with maximum energy efficiency. More

  • Dr. IversenTDLC's Dr. Iversen involved in NIH/Kennedy Center Music and Health Initiative Workshop
    Dr. Iversen was one of three speakers at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) workshop held on January 26-27, 2017. He spoke about music and child development. The purpose of the workshop was to help guide the direction of a new partnership between the NIH and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to expand on an initiative that NIH has had with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) called Sound HealthClick here to view a video of the event!

  • Sensor-Equipped Glove Could Help Doctors Take Guesswork Out of Measuring Spasticity
    An interdisciplinary team of researchers at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital has developed a sensor-equipped glove that could help doctorsmeasure stiffness during physical exams. TDLC researcher Leanne Chukoskie is part of the team, and explains, "The multidisciplinary nature of our team is what makes this project so exciting and successful. Experts in signal processing, robotics, printable electronics, neurosciences and medicine came together to transform a subjective process into something that’s objective and could improve patient care and outcomes." (4/20/17, Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego) More U-T article

  • John Iversen Explores our Perception of Musical Rhythm (3/1/17)
    Dr. John IversenThe Scientist article features TDLC's Dr. John Iversen. It profiles his work on the neural mechanisms of rhythm perception, where he has demonstrated the active role of the brain in shaping how a listener perceives a rhythm. Iversen’s other TDLC work examines the impact of music on child brain development, with TDLC researcher Terry Jernigan, and was awarded an NSF science of learning grant to explore the next generation of EEG data collection in the classroom (with TDLC researchers Tzyy-Ping Jung and Alex Khalil). Click here to read more about his research! Click here for his interview on Voice of La Jolla!

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  • SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE
    TDLC's Educator Network offerred a free screening of the film "SCREENAGERS" to celebrate Brain Awareness Week on Sat., March 18th, at the UCSD San Diego Supercomputer Center East Auditorium. More

  • 10 Online Courses With The Most Enrollees
    The top course listed is taught by TDLC's Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, with Visiting Scholar Dr. Barbara Oakley. They have put together a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for Coursera on "Learning How to Learn," which, according to this article, as "already had a total of 1,192,697 enrollees!" (University Herald, 2/28/17). More Click here for a history of the course. Click here to enroll in the course!

  • Innovation in Brain Imaging (PhysOrg, Feb. 16, 2017)
    Dr. Pulkit Grover and his team at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are studying ways to improve the resolution of EEGs. They are collaborating across CMU to validate research results and bring them into practical systems. Their collaborators include TDLC's Drs. Marlene Behrmann and Michael Tarr, both professors at CMU. More (Photo: Dr. Grover & student. Credit: CMU College of Engineering)
  • 10 Must-Read Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2016 (Forbes, 12/29/16)
    This article includes a study co-authored by TDLC's Dr. Terry Sejnowski, that describes how "Your Brain’s Capacity is Much Greater than Anyone Realized." Read more
    Dr. Marlene BehrmannClick here
    to read the Salk Institute article, and here to readabout the study in eLife.

  • What makes facial recognition "almost magical"?
    TDLC Investigator Dr. Marlene Behrmann, from Carnegie Mellon University, is co-author of a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that discusses the "age-old mystery" of face recognition. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette12/27/16) More

  • We are sad to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Annette Karmiloff-Smith. A pioneering developmental psychologist, one of Piaget's students, Dr. Karmiloff-SmithAnnette kept breaking the conventional wisdom about development throughout her career. She can beconsidered the prototype from which thephrase "think different" was spawned. Annette was a member of the TDLC Advisory Boardfrom the beginning, and gave a talk here this spring through the DART/TDLC Neuroscience Seminar Series. Click here for a page dedicated to her memory. You can view her talk here. She was innovative to the end. Who knew babies with Down's Syndrome could tell us about Alzheimer's? Annette did. We will miss her terribly.

  • Nine startups Apple bought in 2016, and what they do
    The article discusses Emotient and its artificially intelligent facial recognition software that can scan a person's face and read their emotions. Emotient originated as a start-up at UC San Dr. Isabel GauthierDiego by a team that includes former TDLC researchers Drs. Marni Bartlett, Javier Movellan, and Gwen Littlewort. (Business Insider, 12/6/16) More

  • Finally, a type of face that men recognize better than women (11/16/16, Vanderbilt News)
    TDLC investigator Dr. Isabel Gauthier led the study. The team, using Barbie Dolls and Transformers, found that men were better at recognizing Transformer faces while women were better at recognizing Barbie faces. This finding supports the theory that experience plays an important role in facial recognition. (Photo: John Russell/Vanderbilt University). More Additional article (11/21/16)

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  • 'Princess Leia' brainwaves help sleeping brain store memories (Salk; 11/15/16)
    Salk researchers discover rotating waves of brain activity that repeat during the night. TLDC Co-Director Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, with fellow Salk scientists including Dr. Lyle Muller, co-authored the study.
    Salk article
    eLIFE article.

  • Learning to Move and Moving to Learn
    TDLC scientists Leanne Chukoskie and Joseph Snider have been awarded an NSF grant to study how physical movement can be used to identify children with learning disabilities. Additional project colleagues include Drs. Jorge José, Terry Sejnowski, and Emo Todorov. The study, titled 'Learning to Move and Moving to Learn,' will measure movements of the body, face and eyes in middle- and high-school-age children. These methods could represent a powerful new tool in measuring signs of learning disability. (IUB Newsroom, 11/9/16). More NSF webpage

  • Scientists Adapt Computer Program to Gauge Eye Spasm Severity
    Scientists at the Salk Institute have developed a computer program that analyzes videos of patients' faces for blepharospasm (uncontrollable muscle contractions around the eye). Among the study's authors are TDLC researchers Drs. David Peterson, Gwen Littlewort, and Terrence Sejnowski, along with former TDLC scientist Marian Bartlett.
    Read more about the study! (Scicasts, 10/25/16).
    Click here to read the study in Neurology (10/21/16).

  • A Global Unified Vision For Neuroscience
    Dr. Sejnowski and Dr. Chiba
    TDLC's Drs. Terry Sejnowski and Andrea Chiba participated in an exciting Global Brain Initiative Meeting at Rockefeller University in New York on Sept. 19, 2016. The purpose of the meeting: To learn about brain projects around the world, to gather project leaders for possible future collaboration, and to prioritize projects, goals, and funding. Dr. Chiba spoke about the concept of a Global Science of Learning, and Dr. Sejnowski oversaw the wrap-up session. More

  • Team GoblinTeam Goblin wins first place in the inaugural San Diego Brain Hackathon!
    The weekend of Sept. 10, 2016,TDLC investigators John Iversen and Alex Khalil, along with Joseph Heng (a visiting Masters student from Switzerland) entered a two-day Brain Hackathon as "Team Goblin." Their goal was to learn how to create a classroom-scale fun brain game, to introduce children to the idea of EEG and brain computer interfaces. To their surprise and delight, they won first place! The competition was organized by Qusp & CWLab International and sponsored by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Brain Initiative. More

    Dr. Rusty Gage
  • Johns Hopkins and Salk Co-Lead $15 Million Initiative to Unravel Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia (8/31/16 and 9/1/16)
    The consortium will be led by Hongjun Song, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins and TDLC Investigator Rusty Gage, Ph.D., of Salk. (Photo Credit: Salk Institute) More

  • Qusp Recognized on the TransTech200 List
    Qusp, founded by former TDLC member Tim Mullen, was recently recognized on the TransTech200 list of scientists and engineers advancing tech worldwide for mental and emotional wellbeing! Qusp offers customized scientific and R&D neurotechnology solutions (e.g. Brain Computer Interfaces). More

  • Scientists Uncover Common Cell Signaling Pathway Awry in Some Types of Autism
    TDLC investigator Dr. Fred Gage was part of the study, published in Molecular Psychiatry. Photo Credit: Manuscript (CWRU, 8/26/16). More

  • Neuroscientists stand up for basic cell biology research
    (Science Daily, 8/25/16)
    TDLC's Dr. Terry Sejnowski co-authored an article published in the journal Science that discusses how "supporting fundamental cell biology research into neurodegeneration may be the key to accelerating understanding of neurodegenerative and so-called "incurable" diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's." More

    Michael Mozer and Hal Pashler
  • Digital textbook scribbles, highlights could give students a learning leg up
    (CU Boulder Today, 8/23/16)
    TDLC researchers Drs. Michael Mozer and Hal Pashler are involved in a project that will allow the development of “smart” annotated online textbooks "to gain a better understanding of a particular learner’s state of mind and grasp of subject matter." The project, funded by a four-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), has been created by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, Rice University and UC San Diego. More

  • Neon Labs, founded by former TDLC Researchers, in the news!
    Neon Pro(TM) Boosts Clicks, Likes and Shares for Videos and Images
    Neon Labs, a video and image performance company, was founded in 2012 by former TDLC trainee Sophie. Lebrecht, Ph.D., and TDLC investigator Michael Tarr, Ph.D., from Carnegie Mellon University. (Marketwired 7/28/16) More
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  • Face Camp 2016
    In June, 124 children, including 23 children with special needs, attended this summer’s Face Camp. Conducted at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and organized by TDLC's Dr. Jim Tanaka, Face Camp is a free, one day workshop where typically developing and special needs children learn about the "science, art, and fun" of human face recognition. Learn more!

  • Dr. Jim Tanaka Receives Awards (5/30/16)
    TDLC's Jim Tanaka received the 2016 Outstanding Community Service Award and The Award for Excellence in Research-Inspired Teaching at the University of Victoria

  • Students learn physics through musical sound
    (CBS 8 News, 7/11/16)
    Khalil and MincesTDLC cognitive scientists Victor Minces and Alexander Khalil create Listening to Waves, a program to learn science by making and analyzing musical instruments. Their program was recently covered on the news (click here to watch the interview!). More information about the program can be found at http://www.listeningtowaves.com.

  • Small Molecule Keeps New Adult Neurons From Straying, May Be Tied to Schizophrenia
    Salk study shows the microRNA miR-19 helps budding adult brain cells stay on track
    Dr. Rusty Gage, TDLC investigator and Salk Institute scientist, is a senior author of the study! MorePhoto: Rusty Gage and Jinju Han (Credit: Salk Institute)

  • Focus: Bright Minds Battling Dark Diseases
    San Diego is home to world-class biomedical scientists focused on cutting-edge projects touted by president
    TDLC / Salk researcher Dr. Terry Sejnowski is featured in an article that discusses how the region is shaping President Obama's initiatives on the brain, cancer, the microbiome and precision medicine." (SD U-T, 6/25/16) More

  • Princess Leia brainwaves may help you learn in your sleep
    TDLC / Salk scientist Dr. Terry Sejnowski discovered patterns of electrical activity that "sweet through the sleeping brain in a circular motion that resembled the headphone-like hairstyle made famous by Carrie Fisher in the Star Wars movies." These newly discovered brainwaves, which Dr. Sejnowski coined "Princess Leia brainwaves," may help us remember the day’s events. (New Scientist, 6/24/16) More

  • San Diego's top scientists talk about emerging discoveries
    UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and TDLC / Salk researcher Dr. Terry Sejnowski are interviewed in a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot (Dr. Sejnowski interview begins ~1 min. 30 sec.). Click here to see which scientists participated and to watch the video! (6/8/16, SD U-T)



  • Remembering thRusty Gage and Jinju Hane bold and brilliant Francis Crick
    TDLC Investigators Drs. Terry Sejnowski and Fred “Rusty” Gage share memories of their time with Francis Crick at the Salk Institute. Photo: courtesy Salk Institute. (The San Diego U-T, 6/4/16) More



  • Watch An Amazing Robot Teach Itself How To Twirl A Stick
    (Parent Herald, 5/12/16)
    TDLC PI Dr. Emanuel Todorov and his team from the University of Washington have created a five-fingered robotic hand that can actually teach itself how to twirl a stick! More

  • TDLC investigator Dr. Gedeon Deak interviewed on KUSI News!
    Dr. Deak discusses a new study that found that "Spanking" children doesn't help and may lead to long term and short term problems. Dr. Deak discusses how some of the determinations were discovered (5/4/16).

  • Tiago and GageAdult brain prunes branched connections of new neurons ( Salk News, 5/2/16)
    Salk study is first to closely follow development of new neurons in the adult brain, giving potential insight into neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia (photo: Goncalves, Gage; Credit: Salk Institute). TDLC investigator Dr. Fred Gage is a senior author of the study.
    Read more in Salk News
    Nature Neuroscience article (May 2, 2016)

  • 25 Geniuses who are Creating the Future of Business (WIRED, 4/26/16)
    Dr. Marni Bartlett fetaured! More

  • Powerful Brain Signals between Seizures May Explain Memory Problems in Patients with Epilepsy
    Study suggests how future devices might prevent cognitive deficits
    TDLC investigator Dr. Gyorgy Buzsaki is co-author of the study, along with colleagues at NYU Langone Medical Center (4/25/16, NYU Langone Medical Center. More

  • Dr. Jernigan and ABCD StudyUC San Diego Holds Meeting On Gaps In Marijuana Research
    Features TDLC's Dr. Terry Jernigan, who is one of the local scientists leading the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study.The ABCD study is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States; scientists will track brain development in 10,000 American kids over the next decade. (KPBS, 4/13/16) More

  • App promotes interaction for children on autism spectrum
    Scrapbook App with Bowman and Tanaka(Oak Bay News, 3/29/16)
    The article features the Let's Face It scrapbook app developed by TDLC's Jim Tanaka and his team at the University of Victoria's Centre for Autism Research Technology Education (CARTE). More




  • Science brought to forefront in 'Fastball' documentary
    Fastballmovie.comCarnegie Mellon scientists provide explanations in the documentary film 'Fastball" that opens Friday. TDLC researcher Dr. Tarr, along with his Carnegie Mellon colleagues Drs. Franklin, Urban and Verstynen, explain the science behind the pitch. (TRIB Live, 3/23/16). More

  • The Beasts That Keep the Beat (Quanta Magazine, 3/22/16)
    New insights from neuroscience — aided by a small zoo’s worth of dancing animals — are revealing the biological origins of rhythm
    TDLC's Dr. John Iversen is featured, with Aniruddh Patel, in their research of an Eleonora cockatoo called Snowball. This was an early study in a new focus on Snowballmusicality in the animal kingdom. Click here to read the article and to watch Snowball dance!



  • NSF Science of Learning Centers Graduate and Look to the Future
    During the week of February 8, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its six Science of Learning Centers (SLCs) met in Washington D.C. to celebrate the extraordinary success of the SLC program. Click here to learn more about what occurred at the graduation, to find out the latest Sustainability efforts as the Centers head into the future, and to read NSF's "Ten takeaways from ten years of the Science of Learning Centers"! More

  • This Remarkable Robot Hand Is Worthy of Luke Skywalker
    TDLC investigator Emanuel Todorov at the University of Washington, along with Yale postdoc Joseph (Zhe) Xu, have engineered a robot hand that closely mimics the natural design and structure of a human hand. The robot hand can be remotely manipulated by a person wearing a sensor-laden glove, and is capable of the same grips and hand positions humans are. More (SingularityHUB, 2/18/16)

  • Let's Face It (LFI!) Scrapbook App is Launched! (2/7/16)
    Jim TanakaTDLC's Jim Tanaka at the University of Victoria and his team have officially launched their Let’s Face It (LFI!) Scrapbook on the Apple iTunes Store. The free app is a powerful educational tool to help people learn faces and recognize emotions of the important people in their lives. The platform includes four challenging games (Splash, NameGame, Memory and Fuse) that have uniquely themed levels, and even a few hidden tricks! Learn about the app; iTunes Preview (LFI! Scrapbook can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store and requires an iPad 2 or higher.). Additional article:
    Scrapbook app helps those with autism learn faces, emotions (CBC News, British Columbia, 2/11/16);

  • Congratulations to TDLC trainee Mohsen Malmir, who received a Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) grant with Gary Cottrell and Shlomo Dubnov! (2/8/16)

  • $2M for lasers to map the brain (Univ. of Michigan, 1/29/16)
    TDLC's Dr. György Buzsáki is co-investigator (with Drs. Euisik Yoon and Kensall Wise at U-M) in the $2 million grant that is part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative. More

  • Salk ResearchersBrain's Memory Capacity Rivals World Wide Web (Forbes, 1/28/16)
    Neuroscientists say the human brain can store 10 times more information than previously thought. Dr. Terry Sejnowski is senior author of the study. More Also:
    Salk Finds Brain’s Capacity Equal to a Pentabyte of Data (Times of San Diego, 1/22/16);
    Memory Capacity of Brains is 10 Times More Than Previously Thought
    (Salk PR, 1/20/16)
    ;
    Salk study expands brain memory capacity estimate
    (The San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/19/16)
    .
    Click here for eLIFE publication.

  • Additional articles about the Apple acquisition of Emotient:
    Apple acquisition of UC San Diego startup paves way for further robotics research (University of California News, 1/19/16)
    Apple's purchase of Emotient fuels artificial intelligence boom in Silicon Valley (Los Angeles Times, 1/17/16)

  • Tim MullenBrain monitoring takes a leap out of the lab (UC San Diego, 1/12/16)
    Bioengineers and cognitive scientists have developed the first portable, 64-channel wearable brain activity monitoring system that’s comparable to state-of-the-art equipment found in research laboratories. Drs. Scott Makeig and Tzyy-Ping Jung (SCCN) are co-authors of the study, as is TDLC's Tim Mullen and INC Co-Director Gert Cauwenberghs. (Photo credit: Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego)
    Read the article IEEE Publication

  • Apple Buys San Diego Emotion-Recognition Startup
    Emotient technology is used to assess emotions by reading facial expressions (KPBS, 1/8/16)
    Additional article (The San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/8/16)

  • Penn State scientists working new drug target could help treat Rett Syndrome (1/11/16) - TDLC's Dr. Fred Gage collaborated on the study. More ; 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)
    Dr. Isabel GauthierTDLC's Dr. Javier Movellan is featured as one of the study authors. More

  • Thickness 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
    Salk study 10/28'/15
  • Bipolar patients' brain cells predict response to lithium (10/28/15)
    TDLC'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

  • 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."

  • Dr. John Iversen to Present Upcoming TEDx Talk
    Dr. John IversenTDLC'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

  • 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 - September 30, 2015
    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 JerniganTDLC's Dr. Terry Jernigan will help coordinate the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) project
    UCSD to lead study of 10,000 adolescents (SD U-T, 9/30/15)
    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. More 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).

  • Mozart & the MindMozart & The Mind - Sept. 25-27, 2015
    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 for the flyer! Read more about how Mozat & The Mind began!

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

  • Global Brain Initiative Meeting - September 19, 2016
    Location: Rockefeller University, NY
    TDLC's Drs. Terry Sejnowski and Andrea Chiba participated in the meeting. The purpose of the meeting: To learn about brain projects around the world, to gather project leaders for possible future collaboration, and to prioritize projects, goals, and funding. Dr. Chiba spoke about the concept of a Global Science of Learning, and Dr. Sejnowski oversaw the wrap-up session. More

  • Congressional Staff Visit (9/2/15)
    Four members of Congressional Staff and a member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) toured various NSF-funded projects at UC San Diego. Drs. Chiba, Cottrell, Sejnowski, Poizner, Bartlett, Tallal, Forster, Khalil, Minces, and Snider participated in their tour of TDLC (click here for agenda). Other Science of Learning Directors Patricia Kuhl (University of Washington), Nora Newcombe (Temple University) and Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Boston University) also presented results from their research in order to raise awareness of the importance of SLC work. Click here to learn more about TDLC SLC advocacy in Washington D.C.

  • 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

  • Dr. Terrence Sejnowski in the news:
    Receptors in brain linked to schizophrenia, autism
    Salk InstituteThe 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

  • Emotient 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)

    Dr. Lebrecht and Dr. Tarr
  • 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."  TDLC's Dr. Lebrecht is CEO of Neon, while Dr. Tarr is co-founder of the company. 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. 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 News
  • Ken 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!

  • Washington DCCongressional Briefing on the Science of Learning (6/24/15)
    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. Click here to read about TDLC's visit to Washington D.C. in 2014! Click here to read about that visit and a future visit in September 2015!

  • 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

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



  • 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)

  • 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 (3/10/15)
    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
    (1/21/15)
    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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • Brain Bee 2013TDLC 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)

  • 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) More

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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. KPBS Article and Video |

  • TDLC's Terry Sejnowski, with Barbara Oakley, are offering another set of lectures for Coursera on "Learning How to Learn," starting October 3rd, Terry Sejnowski and Barbara Oakley2014. 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 onin babies(10/7/14)
    Study: Build baby’s language skills early (10/3/14)
    Improving Babies’ Language Skills Before They’re Even Old Enough To Speak (10/2/14)
    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). More

  • New TDLC Data Grid!
    TDLC has a new large capacity (15 TB) server on which to store and share its data!

  • 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
    Dr. Andrea Chiba
  • Four 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. Click here for the article.

  • 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 Foundation)

    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)

  • Gyuri Buzsaki Selected As A Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher!

  • Play Day for Educators!
    Held at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park; July 24, 2014
    TDLC researchers participated and presented workshops.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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." More

  • 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). F

  • KPBS: Rubi and EmotientRUBI and Emotient featured on KPBS:
    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. More

  • 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)
    More

    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. More

  • 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!
    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 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).

  • TDLC'S Marni Bartlett in the news:
    Facial-Recognition Tech Can Read Your Emotions
    Marni Bartlett(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

  • 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
    Javier Movellan Marian Bartlett is featured (ZDNet, Jan. 15, 2014)

  • 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 Gage
  • Salk 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

  • TDLC investigators Javier Movellan and Marian Stewart Bartlett are co-founders of Emotient, a company that recently Emotient Connect award 2013received 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.

  • 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

  • Study finds a patchwork of genetic variation in the brain
    TDLC 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 Poizner
  • A 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.

  • Terry 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 
    Terrence Sejnowski 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!" Click here to learn more about Mozart & the Mind and how it began!

  • 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
    More

    AHM 2013
  • 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.
    Click here for more information about how Mozart & the Mind began!

  • 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.

  • 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 about the Brain Bee...

  • 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. 
  • UCSD's Center for Human Development (CHD) receives NICHD grant to create a new "Innovative Research Hub"

  • 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.

  • TDLC's Paula Tallal named an Inventor of the Year by the New Jersey Hall of Fame!
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  • 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!

    Dan Feldman
  • A review of STDP by TDLC Investigator Feldman is featured in Neuron
    The Spike-Timing Dependence of Plasticity (Neuron, 8/23/12)
    It has been 15 years since the discovery of spike timing-dependent plasticity (STDP), which has become a leading candidate mechanism for information storage and learning in the nervous system. This review summarizes our current understanding of STDP, from its varied forms and cellular mechanisms to theoretical properties and to the evidence that it contributes to plasticity and learning in vivo. More Read the abstract

    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. 

  • Motion Capture Lab in the news - Why zombies, robots, clowns freak us out (CNN 7/11/12)
    Ayse Saygin, professor at UC San Diego, is featured in an article in CNN Health to discuss her research into a strange phenomenon called the "uncanny valley." Mocap in the newsThis 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.

  • 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.

    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!
    The 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 celebrated Brain Awareness Week on March 17, 2012.
    TDLC's co-Director Andrea Chiba gave a talk on Motivation, and Tom Fehrenbacher offerws a session on how he has used some of the research on memory in his classroom.

  • 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.

  • FaceMaze 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.
    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. More

  • TDLC celebrated Brain Awareness Week (March 14-20, 2011) on March 19, 2011.
    TDLC celebrated Brain Awareness Week on March 19, 2011 from 9:30-12:00 at the Supercomputer Center. Members of the The Educator Network’s Distinguished Educator Panel invited guests from their respective schools to hear Andrea Chiba discuss The Science of Learning and participate in various laboratory demonstrations.

  • 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

  • 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.

    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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • CoMRImputer 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
    Rutgers University has just won an NSF Major Research Instrumentation Award to create a research-dedicated Neuroimaging center lead by Stephen J. Hanson with Bart Krekelberg and Mauricio Delgado. More

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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 was held at the NYAS on March 25th, 2011. Anyone interested in this topic was 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. See videos of the Presentations and One-on-one interviews at The Science Network (TSN). To read more about TDLC and music, please click here!

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Distinguished Educator Panel, a group that will form the nucleus of The Educator Network, met for an orientation meeting on April 26, 2010.

  • 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. More

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.