Brain, Mind & Learning - Carnegie Mellon University

Brain, Mind & Learning at Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University has been a leader in the areas of brain science, psychology, and learning research for many decades.

With the launch of the university’s new brain, mind & learning initiative, CMU now plans to become an even bigger player in these fields, while distinguishing ourselves from other brain research programs.

How? Two ways, really.

  • First, CMU has a top-ranked computer science school, and our brain researchers are taking full advantage of it. Like CMU faculty in other disciplines, brain, mind and learning researchers have a track record of leveraging the university’s world-class strengths in computation (e.g., artificial intelligence and automated learning) to answer scientific questions that are too complex for humans to figure out by themselves.
  • Second, CMU faculty have consistently demonstrated a willingness to break down disciplinary barriers, reaching across departments and centers to work together to solve real-world problems.

Learn more about how our researchers are solving real-world problems in this area »

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Using New Statistical Tools, Carnegie Mellon's Kathryn Roeder Finds Genetic Risk for Autism Stems Mostly From Common Genes
July 20, Pittsburgh — Published in the July 20 issue of the journal "Nature Genetics," the study led by Roeder found that about 52 percent of autism was traced to common genes and rarely inherited variations, with spontaneous mutations contributing a modest 2.6 percent of the total risk.

Gift From Infosys Co-founder To Create Research Partnership
July 17, Pittsburgh — Global technology leader and Infosys co-founder Senapathy "Kris" Gopalakrishnan has donated $1.8 million to Carnegie Mellon University to establish a research partnership between CMU and the Centre for Brain Research at the renowned Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. The partnership will strategically leverage the research strengths of both institutions while enhancing the connection between CMU and India.

Possibilities of Mind Reading
April 22, USA Today — Mind reading technology isn't yet where the sci-fi thrillers predict it will go, but researchers like Marcel Just aren't ruling out such a future. "In principle, our thoughts could someday be readable," said Just, who directs CMU's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging. "I don't think we have to worry about this in the next 5-10 years, but it's interesting to think about. What if all of our thoughts were public?"

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