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Friday, July 29, 2016

A Century of CMU Psychology

Psych 100Over the past year, the Psychology Department celebrated its past, present and future.

“The most gratifying part about being a teacher is watching your former students succeed. In the Psychology Department, we are spoiled. Our graduates are at the top of many different industries and fields, and that is our real legacy,” said Professor Marcel Just

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Express Yourself: Writing Contest Encourages Exploration of Racial, Cultural Struggles

MLK Writing AwardsHigh school and college students throughout western Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit their poetry and prose to CMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards.

Both personal narratives about cultural differences and reflections on Dr. King’s legacy will be accepted.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer School Helps Students Build Tech Tools To Improve Learning

Jack RowleyLearnLab Director and Psychology Professor Ken Koedinger led a weeklong course to teach participants about the leading tools that merge education, data and technology — all of which are developed by CMU researchers.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Werner Herzog Film Featuring CMU Scientists To Screen July 29

Werner Herzog FilmThe latest trailer for Werner Herzog’s new documentary features an interview with CMU’s Marcel Just in which he speculates on the potential to someday “tweet” thoughts.
Just, the D.O. Hebb University Professor of Psychology, is one of several CMU scientists highlighted in “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.”

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Watching the Brain Do Math

Math BrainA new neuroimaging study reveals the mental stages people go through as they are solving challenging math problems.

Insights from this new work may eventually be applied to the design of more effective classroom instruction – particularly in the form of improving cognitive tutors by creating models that match the brain activation and thinking patterns used to solve these problems.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Honors Fellows Confront Fear of Failure

Scott SandageScott Sandage knows failure. Throughout the 13-year process of writing “Born Losers: A History of Failure in America,” the CMU historian experienced personal and professional setbacks that intersected with his research. 

He recently spoke with the Dietrich College Honors Fellows about his own struggles with failure and how to confront their fears.

Monday, July 18, 2016

To Cut Calories, Place Online Food Orders Ahead of Time

Ordering FoodNew research shows that people choose higher-calorie meals when ordering immediately before eating and lower-calorie meals when orders are placed an hour or more in advance.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Undergrads “Speak Up” About Their Research

You Bin MaengPublic speaking is enough to make anyone sweat. Now imagine condensing months of intensive research into a three-minute presentation and delivering it to a room full of your peers.

This summer, 100 CMU undergraduate students did just that at the first ever Speak Up! Communications Session.

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Marathon for the Brain

Brain HubIn the first NeuroHackathon at Carnegie Mellon University, graduate students uncovered an approach that could speed up the pace of brain imaging techniques, such as MRI.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Picking Sides: The Evolutionary Origins of Reasoning

Evolutionary RootsFrom the nightly news to Facebook posts, we’re inundated with messages designed to persuade us. According to new research from CMU’s Andy Norman, the urge to convince others has evolutionary roots.

In a paper recently published in Biology & Philosophy, Norman argues that the ability to reason allowed our ancestors to build and maintain shared outlooks.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

TV Guides: Alumni Channel Efforts for Kids’ Sake

Jack RowleyAs co-director and Rita McGinley Chair of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent College, Junlei Li is among the CMU alumni who have made sunny and beautiful days in the neighborhood by playing significant roles in educational television.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Artist Captures Beauty of the Brain

Brain BeautyGreg Dunn, a trained neuroscientist, has spent hours examining nerve cells under the microscope. Within the complex networks of neuron branches, he discovered unexpected beauty.

CMU’s John Pyles collaborated with Dunn on his latest project, “Self Reflected,” which will join the permanent collection at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The artwork features images and data from Pyles’ own brain.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Blogging Away: Honors Fellows Share Discoveries, Work Processes

Blogging AwayEleven rising seniors in the Dietrich College have started developing their theses through the college’s Honors Fellowship Program. The fellows have begun meeting with their advisers and reining in their research topics. And they’re blogging about it, too.

On the blog, fellows share how they balance work and play and offer an in-depth look at their research.