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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A Zombie's Brain
October 14, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — CMU's Timothy Verstynen, assistant professor of psychology at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), is engaged in science outreach that combines two of his favorite things — horror movies and brains. "My actual work looks at how the architecture of the brain gives rise to our actions and our decisions," he says. His undead "research" is all in good fun, but is also a teaching tool that capitalizes on the public's fascination with zombies.

Brain Gain
September 22, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — This past April, President Barack Obama announced a new research initiative "designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain." To that end, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsbugh have jointly fostered one of the premier neuroscience research and training programs in the world, the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC). The CNBC will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014.

Brains on Trial
September 17, Pittsburgh — Brain imaging has the growing ability to separate truth from lies — and may radically affect criminal justice proceedings in the future. Carnegie Mellon University's Marcel Just recently discussed how he sees brain research playing a role in courtrooms during part two of an innovative PBS series, "Brains on Trial with Alan Alda."

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