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Friday, September 12, 2014

Intimate Strangers: Carnegie Mellon's Andreea Deciu Ritivoi Analyzes Foreigners' Perspectives on American Politics in New Book

Intimate Strangers Book CoverUsing four respected intellectual exiles as examples — Hannah Arendt, Herbert Marcuse, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Edward Said — Ritivoi explores the benefits of their "stranger ethos" in order to improve political systems and societal problems. MORE
Friday, September 5, 2014

Press Release: Social Support: Carnegie Mellon's Brooke Feeney Details How To Thrive Through Close Relationships

Brooke FeeneyClose and caring relationships are undeniably linked to health and well-being for all ages. Previous research has shown that individuals with supportive and rewarding relationships have better physical and mental health and lower mortality rates. However, exactly how meaningful relationships affect health has remained less clear. In a new paper, Carnegie Mellon's Brooke Feeney and University of California, Santa Barbara's Nancy L. Collins detail specific interpersonal processes that explain how close relationships help individuals thrive. MORE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society Launches Performance Initiative

The center plans to approach the concept of performance as an expansive form, from the traditional relationship between an audience and an actor to the constructions of political protest or how we frame our lives through social rituals, athletics, digital devices and everyday acts. MORE
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Press Release: Rock Star: Carnegie Mellon's David R. Shumway Explores the Making of Musical Icons From Elvis to Springsteen

Rock Star Book CoverIn the new book "Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons From Elvis to Springsteen," Shumway looks at how changes in American society and the media industries allowed rock stars to have more political power than Hollywood's studio stars and gradually replaced movie stars as key cultural heroes. MORE
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Press Release: Flexing the Brain: Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Scientists Discover Why Learning Tasks Can Be Difficult

Nature CoverPublished as the cover story in the Aug. 28 issue of Nature, the researchers found for the first time that there are limitations on how adaptable the brain is during learning and that these restrictions are a key determinant for whether a new skill will be easy or difficult to learn. The research could lead to improved treatments for stroke or other brain injuries. MORE
Monday, August 25, 2014

Press Release: Neuroscience and Big Data: Carnegie Mellon's Byron M. Yu Describes How To Find Simplicity in the Brain

Byron YuIn a new review paper published in Nature Neuroscience, Carnegie Mellon University's Byron M. Yu (left) and Columbia University's John P. Cunningham describe the scientific motivations for studying the activity of many neurons together, along with a class of machine learning algorithms — dimensionality reduction — for interpreting the activity. They contend that using dimensionality reduction as a standard analytical method will ultimately lead to improved treatments and interventions for brain injuries and disorders. MORE