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Adaptable Brain

Adaptable Brain

Learning a new skill is easier when it is related to an ability we already have. For example, a trained pianist can learn a new melody easier than learning how to hit a tennis serve.

Scientists from the Center of the Neural Basis of Cognition — a joint program between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh — have discovered a fundamental constraint in the brain that may explain why this happens.

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Learning a new skill is easier when it is related to an ability we already have. For example, a trained pianist can learn a new melody easier than learning how to hit a tennis serve.

Scientists from the Center of the Neural Basis of Cognition — a joint program between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh — have discovered a fundamental constraint in the brain that may explain why this happens.

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Health & Wellness

CMU Launches BrainHub

CMU Launches BrainHub℠

Director of the National Institute of Mental Health Tom Insel addressed a standing-room-only audience on the Pittsburgh campus yesterday as part of Carnegie Mellon University's BrainHub℠ launch. "The world has discovered the brain. This is a hot topic, about which the public has become really intrigued," he said.

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Creativity & the Arts

CMU Alumni Primetime at Emmys

CMU Alumni at Emmys

Carnegie Mellon University alumna Chikako Suzuki (A'04) has mastered the craft of art direction. One of 14 alumni nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, she won her first for art direction in the Showtime comedy "House of Lies."

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Next Generation Computing

#OriginStory

#OriginStory

When Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Chris Messina (A'03) first suggested using a hashtag (#) sign on Twitter on Aug. 23, 2007, he was just trying to help people group together topics. What he did was create a cultural phenomenon, one that extends beyond social media to include tattoos, album covers and Super Bowl ads. "I'm always happily surprised when I discover an unexpected use of the hashtag," Messina said.

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