A Century of CMU PsychologyOver 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
Express Yourself: Writing Contest Encourages Exploration of Racial, Cultural StrugglesHigh school and college students throughout western Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit their poetry and prose to CMU's Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards.
Summer School Helps Students Build Tech Tools To Improve LearningLearnLab 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.
Werner Herzog Film Featuring CMU Scientists To Screen July 29Friday, July 22, 2016
Werner Herzog Film Featuring CMU Scientists To Screen July 29The 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."
Watching the Brain Do MathThursday, July 21, 2016
Watching the Brain Do MathA 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.
Honors Fellows Confront Fear of FailureThursday, July 21, 2016
Honors Fellows Confront Fear of FailureScott 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.
Undergrads “Speak Up” About Their ResearchMonday, July 18, 2016
Undergrads “Speak Up” About Their ResearchPublic 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.
To Cut Calories, Place Online Food Orders Ahead of TimeMonday, July 18, 2016
To Cut Calories, Place Online Food Orders Ahead of TimeNew 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.
A Marathon for the BrainMonday, July 18, 2016
A Marathon for the BrainIn 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.
Picking Sides: The Evolutionary Origins of ReasoningMonday, July 11, 2016
Picking Sides: The Evolutionary Origins of ReasoningFrom 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.
TV Guides: Alumni Channel Efforts for Kids’ SakeSunday, July 10, 2016
TV Guides: Alumni Channel Efforts for Kids’ SakeAs 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.
Artist Captures Beauty of the BrainTuesday, July 05, 2016
Artist Captures Beauty of the BrainGreg 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.
Blogging Away: Honors Fellows Share Discoveries, Work ProcessesFriday, July 01, 2016