Researchers Map How the Brain Processes Faces From Sight to RecognitionMonday, December 26, 2016
Researchers Map How the Brain Processes Faces From Sight to RecognitionAt a glance, you can recognize a friend's face whether they are happy or sad or even if you haven't seen them in a decade. How does the brain do this - recognize familiar faces with efficiency and ease despite extensive variation in how they appear?
J. David Creswell To Receive Prestigious Health Psychology Early Career AwardFriday, December 02, 2016
J. David Creswell To Receive Prestigious Health Psychology Early Career AwardThe American Psychosomatic Society has selected Carnegie Mellon University's J. David Creswell as the recipient of its 2017 Herbert Weiner Early Career Award.
Children's School Hosts Inquiry-Based Learning SessionMonday, November 21, 2016
Children's School Hosts Inquiry-Based Learning SessionEarlier this month, Carnegie Mellon University's Children's School hosted educators for "Inquiry Learning and Loose Parts," an evening of networking and sharing of teaching methods. Approximately 70 attendees discussed classroom investigations and demonstrated creative uses of materials, from super bubbles and worm habitats, to glow-in-the-dark beads and cardboard cities.
Researchers Develop Way To "Fingerprint" the BrainTuesday, November 15, 2016
Researchers Develop Way To "Fingerprint" the BrainNew Tool Uncovers How Brain's Structural Connections Are Individually Unique
Brain "Reads" Sentences the Same in English and PortugueseThursday, November 03, 2016
Brain "Reads" Sentences the Same in English and PortugueseAn international research team led by Carnegie Mellon University has found that when the brain "reads" or decodes a sentence in English or Portuguese, its neural activation patterns are the same.
Neurons to Neighborhoods Tackles Early Brain Development Research, Policy ChallengesFriday, October 28, 2016
Neurons to Neighborhoods Tackles Early Brain Development Research, Policy ChallengesIf there was one critical takeaway from Carnegie Mellon University's first Neurons to Neighborhoods event, it was the vital role that parents, teachers and caregivers play in healthy brain development in children.
Murphy’s Impact for Carnegie Mellon Goes Beyond the Honors on the Basketball CourtThursday, October 20, 2016
Murphy’s Impact for Carnegie Mellon Goes Beyond the Honors on the Basketball CourtLisa Murphy is the most accomplished women's basketball player in Carnegie Mellon University history. Period. But while her achievements on the court are certainly prolific, it is the work she's done off the court that has made a lasting impact on the university and local communities.
Design Cognition’s Dynamic DuoFriday, October 14, 2016
Design Cognition’s Dynamic DuoCMU's Ken Kotovsky and Jon Cagan Reflect on Two Decades of Collaboration
Listening Into 2030Thursday, October 06, 2016
Listening Into 2030Recent advances in hearing therapies and prosthetics are paving the way for new technologies in speech communication and the hearing sciences. And Carnegie Mellon University's Casey Roark is helping create a roadmap that will guide the next 14 years of development.
Research backs relationship between health, happinessFriday, September 30, 2016
Research backs relationship between health, happinessWhen Sarah Pressman was an undergraduate at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, she kept getting sick with the kinds of illnesses that often plague college students: mononucleosis, strep throat, colds that wouldn't go away. She knew from her studies in biopsychology of the well-documented negative consequences of stress on health. But as Pressman moved forward in her academic career, eventually earning her Ph.D at Carnegie Mellon University, she became particularly intrigued by the idea of finding ways to protect ourselves against the physical damage wrought by stress.
Bob Siegler's Work Featured in APA PeePs 69Friday, September 30, 2016
Bob Siegler's Work Featured in APA PeePs 69Dr. Bob Siegler's work is featured in Amarican Psychological Association's 69th PeePs Issue
Undergrads Win Psychology Research AwardsTuesday, September 27, 2016
Undergrads Win Psychology Research AwardsCarnegie Mellon University students Alyssa Aburachis (DC'18) and Cristina Molina (DC'17) have received the 2016 Ireland Undergraduate Research Awards.
Relying on "Smile Scores" To Measure Student Learning Is Not a Good IdeaSunday, September 18, 2016
Relying on "Smile Scores" To Measure Student Learning Is Not a Good Idea"A recent Academic Anonymous post in The Guardian about how student surveys are affecting a young professor's confidence got me thinking. Yes, we want students to enjoy our courses. And yes, we want students to find our instructional innovations engaging. But we can't forget that students' perceptions of enjoyment or engagement are not measures of instruction's effectiveness."
The science of why drivers slow down for Pittsburgh tunnelsFriday, September 16, 2016
The science of why drivers slow down for Pittsburgh tunnelsProfessor Roberta Klatzky interviewed about why people slow down for Pittsburgh tunnels.
Newsmaker: Casey RoarkSaturday, September 03, 2016
Newsmaker: Casey RoarkGraduate Student Casey Roark profiled in the Tribune Review: Trib Live
Three Research-Backed Tips for Back-to-SchoolTuesday, August 16, 2016
Three Research-Backed Tips for Back-to-SchoolHere are three research-backed tips to help start the school year off on the right foot.
A Century of CMU PsychologyFriday, July 29, 2016
A Century of CMU PsychologyIn the City of Champions, where sports teams are lauded for repeat victories and daring displays of athleticism, there is one team that is often overlooked.
What Your Brain Looks Like When It Solves a Math ProblemThursday, July 28, 2016
What Your Brain Looks Like When It Solves a Math Problem'Solving a hairy math problem might send a shudder of exultation along your spinal cord. But scientists have historically struggled to deconstruct the exact mental alchemy that occurs when the brain successfully leaps the gap from "Say what?" to "Aha!"'
How Your Brain Learns PhysicsWednesday, July 20, 2016
How Your Brain Learns Physics"Early Homo sapiens wasn't acquainted with Einstein's general theory of relativity, yet anyone in a physics class today is expected to understand its basic tenets. "How is it that our ancient brains can learn new sciences and represent abstract concepts?" asks Marcel Just, a neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University. In a study published in June in Psychological Science, Just and his colleague Robert Mason found that thinking about physics prompts common brain-activation patterns and that these patterns are everyday neural capabilities-used for processing rhythm and sentence structure, for example-that were repurposed for learning abstract science..."
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.
Q&A: A scientist explains why your brain forms false memoriesMonday, June 20, 2016
Q&A: A scientist explains why your brain forms false memoriesWhen you walk into a room, your eyes process your surroundings immediately. Refrigerator, sink, table, chairs: right, this is the kitchen. Your brain has taken data and come to a clear conclusion about the world around you, in an instant. But how does this actually happen?
HeadlineYour Brain on Winning a TonyWednesday, June 08, 2016
HeadlineYour Brain on Winning a TonyWhat's happening in the brain of a person who wins a Tony Award - or loses out? Carnegie Mellon University scientists know exactly what their brain activation patterns look like. Back in 2013, a Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences-led team was the first to identify the emotions that a person experiences - such as happy and sad - based on brain activity.
Apps That Aim To Give Parents 'Superpowers'Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Apps That Aim To Give Parents 'Superpowers'Doctoral graduate Vivienne Ming discusses her App with NPR.
Behrmann Earns Highest Faculty DistinctionFriday, May 13, 2016
Behrmann Earns Highest Faculty DistinctionBlurb: Three Carnegie Mellon University faculty members, including the Department of Psychology's Marlene Behrmann, have received the elite distinction of University Professor, the highest academic accolade a faculty member can achieve. Department Head Michael J. Tarr calls Behrmann a superb scientist whose career is marked by incredible creativity across a diverse range of topics, all pursued with great scientific integrity and rigor."
Marlene Behrmann Designs #BrainDress For NAS InductionThursday, May 05, 2016
Marlene Behrmann Designs #BrainDress For NAS InductionMarlene Behrmann, the Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) over the weekend. To mark the occasion, Behrmann, who has a longstanding interest in the intersection of art and science, designed and wore a voice-activated "#BrainDress" to both the NAS induction ceremony and a CMU event honoring her accomplishments.
How the Brain Repurposes Itself To Learn ScienceTuesday, April 12, 2016
How the Brain Repurposes Itself To Learn ScienceThe human brain was initially used for basic survival tasks. Yet, 200,000 years later, the same brain is able to learn abstract concepts, like momentum, energy and gravity, which have only been formally defined in the last few centuries.New CMU research has uncovered how the brain is able to acquire brand new types of ideas, and the findings could be used to improve science instruction.
The Klatzky LabTuesday, April 12, 2016
The Klatzky LabProfessor Roberta Klatzky's research seeks to link people's sensory capabilities to technology, emulating real-world tactile experiences through the use of haptic devices.
David Creswell on The Today ShowTuesday, March 29, 2016
David Creswell on The Today ShowProfessor David Creswell teaches The Today Show's Jenna Bush Hager about how meditation changes the brain.
“Fastball” To Premiere in PittsburghThursday, March 24, 2016
“Fastball” To Premiere in Pittsburgh"Fastball," the baseball documentary that celebrates the sport's signature pitch and aims to answer the question of who threw the fastest fastball of all-time, will premiere in Pittsburgh with several screenings scheduled. The film stars Professors Mike Tarr and Tim Verstynen along with several baseball Hall of Famers.
Understanding AutismWednesday, March 23, 2016
Understanding AutismMillions of people in the United States alone have been diagnosed with some degree of autism. There is no elixir. But scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are unraveling the mystery of the condition, which could lead to significant breakthroughs in treatments.
From Teacher to Leader: One Alumna is Leading CS Efforts in NYCThursday, March 17, 2016
From Teacher to Leader: One Alumna is Leading CS Efforts in NYCA CMU alumna is leading efforts to teach computer science to all New York City public school students, and her experience with the Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER) helped prepare her. PIER implements a scientifically based and rigorous Ph.D. curriculum across several departments, including Psychology, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction (HCII), Philosophy and Statistics.
David Creswell on CBS PittsburghMonday, February 29, 2016
David Creswell on CBS PittsburghProfessor David Creswell discusses how mindfulness meditation changes your brain and improves your health.
Professor Robert Siegler weighs in on Monopoly bank cardsFriday, February 19, 2016
Professor Robert Siegler weighs in on Monopoly bank cardsPlayers of the new "Ultimate Banking" edition of Monopoly will use bank cards rather than traditional dollar bills. Psychology Professor Robert Siegler talks to the Washington Post about the potential effects of this change on children's numerical learning.
Breaking Down the Silos in Student-Learning ResearchFriday, February 19, 2016
Breaking Down the Silos in Student-Learning ResearchDespite advances in neuroscience and effective education interventions, researchers still face one big problem in studying student learning: a lack of collaboration.
Professor David Creswell's latest research on how mindfulness meditation changes the brain and body has been featured by the New York Times.Thursday, February 18, 2016
Professor David Creswell's latest research on how mindfulness meditation changes the brain and body has been featured by the New York Times.New York Times Article
CMU’s LearnLab Experts Present Education Research Accomplishments at NSF MeetingTuesday, February 16, 2016
CMU’s LearnLab Experts Present Education Research Accomplishments at NSF MeetingThe NSF recently held a conference to celebrate the achievements of its six Science of Learning Centers. Key members from each center, including CMU and Pitt's LearnLab, presented their educational research accomplishments to underscore the importance of establishing a sustainable science of learning community to produce breakthroughs that impact education.
Research Assistantships for Minority Students (RAMS) Program @ The Department of PsychologyWednesday, February 10, 2016
Research Assistantships for Minority Students (RAMS) Program @ The Department of PsychologyThe Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to announce an exciting summer research opportunity for undergraduate students. This program, funded by the American Psychological Association and Carnegie Mellon University, is designed to provide research opportunities to members of underrepresented groups as defined by the Institute for Education Sciences (African American, Hispanic, Native American) who may be considering pursuing further graduate study in psychology or related fields. We encourage applications from students who would like to conduct research in the areas of Developmental Psychology and/or Health Psychology. RAMS program makes it possible for undergraduate students with little to no research experience to spend 6 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University. This program supports our commitment to training a diverse set of leaders in the field of psychology and related disciplines. Application deadline is March 7, 2016. Program Details and Application Instructions
Neurobiological Changes Explain How Mindfulness Meditation Improves HealthThursday, February 04, 2016
Neurobiological Changes Explain How Mindfulness Meditation Improves HealthNew CMU research provides a window into the brain changes that link mindfulness meditation with health in stressed adults. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study shows that mindfulness meditation training, compared to relaxation training, reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, unemployed adults.
The Self-Styled Healthy May Get Fewer ColdsMonday, February 01, 2016
The Self-Styled Healthy May Get Fewer ColdsProfessor Sheldon Cohen's research featured in The Wall Street Journal: The Self-Styled Healthy May Get Fewer Colds.
CMU Scientists Star in Werner Herzog’s Latest FilmThursday, January 21, 2016
CMU Scientists Star in Werner Herzog’s Latest FilmLo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World" will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Psychology Professor Marcel Just, among others from CMU, are featured in the film.
National Academy of Sciences To Honor John R. Anderson For Revolutionizing How We LearnThursday, January 21, 2016
National Academy of Sciences To Honor John R. Anderson For Revolutionizing How We LearnIf the field of cognitive science is to truly understand how the mind works, researchers need to integrate the many theories about memory, language, problem-solving and other mental functions. Carnegie Mellon University's John R. Anderson has spent decades doing this - developing a unified theory of cognition and using it to create successful cognitive-based tutors that have revolutionized education.
10 Things to Love About CMU’s Dietrich CollegeTuesday, January 19, 2016