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A Century of CMU Psychology
Friday, July 29, 2016

A Century of CMU Psychology

In 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.
Thursday, 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 Physics
Wednesday, 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..."
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