Barbara Shinn-Cunningham To Lead Carnegie Mellon's New Neuroscience Institute
CMU researchers are building a model to predict human behavior. It could save lives one day.
A Pittsburgh Preschool Advances ResearchMonday, January 22, 2018
A Pittsburgh Preschool Advances Research
Sheldon Cohen Named American Psychosomatic Society’s 2018 Distinguished ScientistFriday, January 12, 2018
Sheldon Cohen Named American Psychosomatic Society’s 2018 Distinguished Scientist
CMU Researchers Receive DARPA Grant to Forecast the Flow of Information OnlineFriday, December 22, 2017
CMU Researchers Receive DARPA Grant to Forecast the Flow of Information Online
Selecting Sounds: How the Brain Knows What To Listen ToTuesday, December 12, 2017
Selecting Sounds: How the Brain Knows What To Listen To
Advances to Brain-Interface Technology Provide Clearer Insight Into Visual System Than Ever BeforeMonday, December 04, 2017
Advances to Brain-Interface Technology Provide Clearer Insight Into Visual System Than Ever Before
IEEE Elects Roberta Klatzky as a 2018 FellowWednesday, November 29, 2017
IEEE Elects Roberta Klatzky as a 2018 Fellow
Anna Fisher Receives NSF Science of Learning GrantTuesday, November 21, 2017
Anna Fisher Receives NSF Science of Learning Grant
Michael J. Tarr Named 2017 AAAS FellowTuesday, November 21, 2017
Michael J. Tarr Named 2017 AAAS Fellow
CMU’s Kasey Creswell Receives $1.9 Million NIH Grant To Study Alcohol’s Effects in Young AdultsWednesday, November 08, 2017
CMU’s Kasey Creswell Receives $1.9 Million NIH Grant To Study Alcohol’s Effects in Young Adults
NIH Renews CMU, Pitt Predoctoral Training Program in Behavioral Brain ResearchWednesday, November 08, 2017
NIH Renews CMU, Pitt Predoctoral Training Program in Behavioral Brain Research
CMU, Pitt Brain Imaging Science Identifies Individuals With Suicidal ThoughtsMonday, October 30, 2017
CMU, Pitt Brain Imaging Science Identifies Individuals With Suicidal Thoughts
Carnegie Mellon Study Shows Mindfulness Meditation App Works—But Acceptance Training Component Is CrucialMonday, October 23, 2017
Carnegie Mellon Study Shows Mindfulness Meditation App Works—But Acceptance Training Component Is Crucial
Former PhD Student Recognized as Outstanding IES FellowThursday, October 05, 2017
Former PhD Student Recognized as Outstanding IES Fellow
Supportive Relationships Linked to Willingness to Pursue OpportunitiesFriday, August 11, 2017
Supportive Relationships Linked to Willingness to Pursue Opportunities
In Honor Of…Brian MacWhinneyMonday, July 10, 2017
In Honor Of…Brian MacWhinneyBrian MacWhinney obtained his PhD in psycholinguistics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1974, working under the direction of Susan Ervin-Tripp and Dan Slobin. In his dissertation, titled How Hungarian Children Learn to Speak, MacWhinney focused on children's acquisition of complex morphological rules for plural formation. This represented the first in a long line of studies that aimed to provide a comprehensive account of grammatical development applicable to typologically diverse languages.
Computer Vision Takes OffWednesday, July 05, 2017
Computer Vision Takes OffComputer vision has exploded over the past five years, and it is now able to identify objects with uncanny accuracy, leading to advances in everything from surveillance cameras to self-driving vehicles.
Beyond Bananas: CMU Scientists Harness “Mind Reading” Technology to Decode Complex ThoughtsMonday, June 26, 2017
Beyond Bananas: CMU Scientists Harness “Mind Reading” Technology to Decode Complex ThoughtsCarnegie Mellon University scientists can now use brain activation patterns to identify complex thoughts, such as, "The witness shouted during the trial."
Children of Separated Parents Not on Speaking Terms Are More Likely to Develop Colds as AdultsMonday, June 05, 2017
Children of Separated Parents Not on Speaking Terms Are More Likely to Develop Colds as AdultsPrevious research has indicated that adults whose parents separated during childhood have an increased risk for poorer health. However, exactly what contributes to this has been less clear, until now.
Listen Up: Auditory Scientists Catch Students’ AttentionWednesday, May 17, 2017
Listen Up: Auditory Scientists Catch Students’ AttentionWhen we think of our most memorable learning experiences, we're more likely to recall a special field trip or charismatic speaker than a citation in a research paper. Besides offering a change of pace, these experiences help new concepts take hold.
Psychology Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesWednesday, April 12, 2017
Psychology Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesCarnegie Mellon University's Roberta Klatzky has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with CMU's Granger Morgan, joining the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists and civic leaders.
Psychology Alumna Receives Highly Competitive NSF FellowshipWednesday, April 05, 2017
Psychology Alumna Receives Highly Competitive NSF FellowshipMaya Schumer (DC '16) has been accepted to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) highly competitive Graduate Research Fellow Program. Schumer, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in psychology, was one of 2,000 to receive the award from a pool of over 13,000 applicants.
Adult Subcortex Processes Numbers With Same Skill as InfantsMonday, March 20, 2017
Adult Subcortex Processes Numbers With Same Skill as InfantsDespite major brain differences, many species from spiders to humans can recognize and differentiate relative quantities. Adult primates, however, are the only ones with a sophisticated cortical brain system, meaning that the others rely on a subcortex or its evolutionary equivalent.
How To Survive Nail-Biter Football Games, According to ScienceThursday, January 19, 2017
How To Survive Nail-Biter Football Games, According to ScienceFor the millions of people watching NFL football games this weekend, it is not all fun and games. Rooting for your favorite team can leave you feeling anxious and stressed - right down to the last second.
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
10 Things to Love About CMU’s Dietrich CollegeNo Education School? No Problem. State-of-the-art education research is happening at CMU. Psychology Department faculty have created some of the world's first cognitive tutors and applied theoretical understanding of mathematical thinking to improve children's learning. And hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students have been trained on the relationship between basic cognitive processes and their implications in math and science education.
Student Team Wins Grand Prize at Facebook Global HackathonFriday, December 11, 2015
Student Team Wins Grand Prize at Facebook Global HackathonDietrich College's Avi Romanoff, a sophomore psychology and human-computer interaction major, was part of the winning team that won the $10,000 grand prize by creating a new digital product that supports breaking news 24/7 with real-time eyewitness videos from around the world.
Art + the BrainThursday, December 03, 2015
Art + the BrainIn this class that integrated fine arts practice with the disciplines of biology, neuroscience and psychology, students created art in response to class discussions. The students also worked with the Children's School, and all of the artwork was part of a weeklong exhibit at CMU.
How Does the Brain Rapidly Deconstruct What We See?Tuesday, December 01, 2015
How Does the Brain Rapidly Deconstruct What We See?This is one of the questions Psychology Professor Marlene Behrmann is working to answer. In this video, she talks about how she uses the latest analytical methods such as machine learning and statistical analysis to understand the psychological and neural mechanisms behind the visual perception system. She also discusses her excitement for the future of brain research at Carnegie Mellon University and its BrainHub initiative.
BrainHub – Michael J. TarrMonday, November 16, 2015
BrainHub – Michael J. TarrMichael J. Tarr is a world-renowned cognitive scientist who studies the human visual system. In this video, he talks about Carnegie Mellon University's long history in brain research, his own work and what the future holds for CMU's BrainHub initiative. Learn more at www.cmu.edu/brainhub.
Undergrads Show Off Their ResearchFriday, November 13, 2015
Undergrads Show Off Their ResearchIn early November, roughly 70 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Baker Hall Coffee Lounge for the third annual Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium (DUC). Since 2013, the colloquium has provided an opportunity for undergraduate students to immerse themselves in a topic of interest and present their research findings in a structured environment. Psychology students Zora Gilbert, Rubini Naidu, and Joshua Swanson presented their work.
Self-Rated Health & the Immune SystemMonday, November 09, 2015
Self-Rated Health & the Immune SystemIt turns out that we may be the best forecasters of our own health.New research from CMU psychologists shows that a simple self-rating of health accurately predicts susceptibility to the common cold in healthy adults aged 18-55 years. The findings suggest that physicians should ask their patents to rate their own health.
Mental Maps: Route-Learning Changes Brain TissueTuesday, October 27, 2015
Mental Maps: Route-Learning Changes Brain TissueFifteen years ago, a study showed that London cab drivers had enlarged brains. CMU's Tim Keller and Marcel Just have determined that detailed navigation information causes hippocampal changes. This finding establishes a critical link between structural and functional brain changes during learning.
Professor Vicki Helegeson talks to CBS Pittsburgh about her new social support and diabetes studyMonday, October 26, 2015
Professor Vicki Helegeson talks to CBS Pittsburgh about her new social support and diabetes studyProf. Vicki Helgeson stops by to talk about a new diabetes study at CMU.
Difficulty Processing Speech May Be an Effect of Dyslexia, Not a CauseThursday, October 08, 2015
Difficulty Processing Speech May Be an Effect of Dyslexia, Not a CauseThe cognitive skills used to learn how to ride a bike may be the key to a more accurate understanding of developmental dyslexia. And, they may lead to improved interventions.CMU scientists investigated how procedural learning - how we acquire skills and habits such as riding a bike - impacts how individuals with dyslexia learn speech sound categories. They found that learning complex auditory categories through procedural learning is impaired in dyslexia.
Training by Repetition Actually Prevents Learning for Those With AutismFriday, October 02, 2015
Training by Repetition Actually Prevents Learning for Those With AutismIndividuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sometimes acquire a new behavior or skill only in a specific context, but they have difficulty transferring that learned skill or information to a new context. A new study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that training individuals with ASD to acquire new information by repeating the information actually harms their ability to apply that learned knowledge to other situations. This finding challenges the popular educational approaches designed for ASD individuals that focus on repetition and drills.
Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars AnnouncedTuesday, September 29, 2015
Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars AnnouncedACS Scholars are CMU undergraduates who achieve high standards of academic excellence combined with outside of the classroom activities, such as volunteerism, involvement in student organizations, participation in sports or the arts and leadership.
Bright Minds, Big IdeasFriday, September 18, 2015
Bright Minds, Big IdeasTen CMU faculty members have received Summer 2015 Google Research Awards, which fund cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering and related fields.Psychology Professor Laurie Heller is one of them. She is working on a device to allow people with little or no sight to navigate their environments using echolocation.
Department of Education Renews PIER GrantMonday, September 14, 2015
Department of Education Renews PIER GrantBased on PIER's impressive track record, with respect to training students both in their core disciplines as well as in education research, the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences has funded CMU's program for the third time with a grant of $3.67 million.
Psychology Department Turns 100Monday, August 31, 2015
Psychology Department Turns 100The 2015-16 academic year is extra special for one of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' core departments. The Department of Psychology was founded in 1915 with a focus on applied psychology. Over the past century, it has become a major force in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, computational modeling, developmental psychology, social/health psychology and the science of learning. 100th Year Celebration
Confirmed: Lack of Sleep Connected To Getting SickMonday, August 31, 2015
Confirmed: Lack of Sleep Connected To Getting SickIn 2009, Professor Sheldon Cohen found for the first time that insufficient sleep is associated with a greater likelihood of catching a cold. Now, Cohen and researchers from UC San Francisco and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have confirmed the finding using objective sleep measures.
Alumni Q&A with Patrick CavanaghFriday, August 21, 2015
Alumni Q&A with Patrick CavanaghPatrick Cavanagh (DC'72) started out as a computer and electrical engineer, but an interest in artificial intelligence led him to Carnegie Mellon University, where he could study "the really big computer." Since receiving his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from CMU, Cavanagh worked on aspects of memory and now focuses on how the visual perception system constructs our three-dimensional world.
BrainHub Scientists Visualize Critical Part of Basal Ganglia PathwaysMonday, August 17, 2015
BrainHub Scientists Visualize Critical Part of Basal Ganglia PathwaysProfessor Timothy Verstynen's latest research involves a breakthrough could help see the pathways that degenerate with Parkinson's and Huntingdon's disease.
New Information Is Easier To Learn When Composed of Familiar ElementsThursday, August 13, 2015
New Information Is Easier To Learn When Composed of Familiar ElementsCMU psychologists, led by Professor Lynne Reder, uncover a critical relationship between working memory and the strength of information "chunks."
In & Out of the Classroom With Vicki HelgesonMonday, August 10, 2015
In & Out of the Classroom With Vicki HelgesonIn 1990, Vicki Helgeson applied for her first job- a junior faculty position in the Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Helgeson, now a professor of psychology, has been here ever since, teaching and building an impressive program of health psychology research.
World Economic Forum Selects CMU BrainHub Startup as Technology PioneerWednesday, August 05, 2015
World Economic Forum Selects CMU BrainHub Startup as Technology PioneerNeon's proprietary technology uses cognitive science, neuroscience and machine learning tools to understand how humans see and react to images, and selects images that emotionally resonate with viewers.
BrainHub Research Projects Receive ProSEED FundingMonday, July 06, 2015
BrainHub Research Projects Receive ProSEED FundingOne of the six newly funded projects includes Psychology Department professors teaming up with College of Engineering faculty to develop a high-resolution and portable EEG.
The CoAx LabThursday, July 02, 2015
The CoAx LabIn the Cognitive Axon Lab, Psychology's Timothy Verstynen and his lab members study the structural and functional aspects of the brain-why the brain is wired the way it is and how this wiring is related to cognition.
The Mind-Body ConnectionThursday, June 18, 2015
The Mind-Body ConnectionWhen fourth year Ph.D. student Emily Lindsay began practicing yoga in college, it completely changed her life. After just a few weeks, she was less stressed, sleeping better and more productive in her classes. She became fascinated by the mind-body connection and has spent much of her time in Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Psychology investigating how people can manage their thoughts and feelings to improve their health.
Learning in the Real World Tops Learning From a TabletFriday, June 12, 2015
Learning in the Real World Tops Learning From a TabletNew research from CMU's Simon Initiative show that although screen technologies are ubiquitous and certainly appealing for children, kids still need real-world experimentation with physical objects to enhance their learning.
Scientists Gain First Glimpse of New Concepts Developing in the BrainTuesday, June 09, 2015
Scientists Gain First Glimpse of New Concepts Developing in the BrainThanks to CMU advances in brain imaging technology, we now know how specific concrete objects are coded in the brain.Now, CMU scientists are applying this knowledge about the neural representations of familiar concepts by teaching people new concepts and watching the new neural representations develop. The research reveals that the brain has a "filing system" that is the same for everyone.
Aspiring and AmbitiousTuesday, May 19, 2015
Aspiring and AmbitiousAnna Vande Velde is one driven young lady. Hailing from Cassadaga, N.Y., a farm-town of only 600 people, she came to Carnegie Mellon University for its highly-rated psychology program in order to work in the field of child development. This is an aim she's had in one manner or another since a young age. Aspiring to become a clinical psychologist and work with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vande Velde continually strived in her education as a psychology major to reach this objective.
Nature + NurtureTuesday, May 19, 2015
Nature + NurtureIf you see a snake or spider, chances are it will scare you. Is your fear inherent or learned? David Rakison believes it is both and that nature and nurture work together to help you develop fear for potentially threatening recurrent evolutionary threats. Rakison, associate professor of psychology, studies how infants learn about the world around them.
Marlene Behrmann Elected To National Academy of SciencesTuesday, April 28, 2015
Marlene Behrmann Elected To National Academy of SciencesBehrmann, the George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and CMU co-director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). She is the first female scientist from CMU to be elected to the NAS.Behrmann joined the CMU faculty in 1993 and is widely considered to be one of the foremost experts in the cognitive neuroscience of visual perception. Her research combines behavioral investigations and brain imaging techniques with both normal and impaired individuals to identify the functional architecture of the human brain that enables our visual experiences.
Autism: Making ProgressTuesday, April 28, 2015
Autism: Making ProgressAccording to a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, autism - a complex developmental disease - will affect one out of every 68 children born in the United States. The lifetime cost to care for a child with autism is estimated to be as great as $2.4 million. But, while no single cause or cure has yet to be found, there is optimism as researchers - including several at Carnegie Mellon University - are making significant progress with groundbreaking discoveries that are being highlighted this April during National Autism Awareness Month.
Carnegie Mellon Scientists Appear in “Fastball”Monday, April 20, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Scientists Appear in “Fastball”Psychology Professors Michael J. Tarr and Timothy Verstynen are making their silver screen debut in Fastball, a baseball documentary produced by CMU Trustee Thomas Tull and directed by eight-time Emmy winner Jonathan Hock. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.In the film, Tarr and Verstynen discuss the brain's cognitive processes involved in hitting a fastball.
Scientists Question Representation of Women in International JournalFriday, April 10, 2015
Scientists Question Representation of Women in International JournalThree leading cognitive scientists from the Dietrich College are questioning the gender representation of invited contributors in the special February 2015 issue, "The Changing Face of Cognition," published by the international journal Cognition.Cognition, a highly regarded scientific journal, publishes theoretical and experimental papers on the study of the mind - a topic that has been a research strength of CMU for decades and that is receiving intense focus through the federal government's BRAIN Initiative. In an opinion piece, Roberta Klatzky, Lori Holt and Marlene Behrmann write that they were "struck by the fact that among the 19 authors listed for the 12 articles, only one female author was present."
Ireland Undergraduate Research Award Winners AnnouncedTuesday, March 31, 2015
Ireland Undergraduate Research Award Winners AnnouncedThe Department of Psychology has selected Anna Vande Velde (DC'15) and Adam Dickter (DC'17) as the recipients of the inaugural Ireland Undergraduate Research Awards.The awards, funded by an endowment from the George and Elizabeth Ireland family, were established to support high-quality undergraduate research projects.
Researchers study the brain and technical materialSunday, March 29, 2015
Researchers study the brain and technical materialAs part of the global effort to explore and understand complex behaviors of the brain, Robert Mason, senior research associate and Marcel Just, director of the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging (CCBI) at Carnegie Mellon, have been studying how the brain learns and processes successive information.
Teaching Science to the BrainTuesday, March 17, 2015
Teaching Science to the BrainWhen you learn a new technical concept, something happens in your brain, but exactly what has been a mystery until now.For the first time, Carnegie Mellon University scientists have traced the brain processes that occur during the learning of technical concepts. Published in NeuroImage, the findings reveal how new technical knowledge is built up in the brain during the course of different learning stages. The findings foreshadow the capability to assess the effectiveness of instruction and efficiency of learning by monitoring changes in the brain.
Neuroscientists Identify New Way Several Brain Areas CommunicateWednesday, March 04, 2015
Neuroscientists Identify New Way Several Brain Areas CommunicateUsing diffusion spectrum imaging and fiber technology, CMU neuroscientists have identified a new way that several brain areas communicate in the striatum. The findings illustrate structural and functional connections that allow the brain to use reinforcement learning to make spatial decisions. This discovery will impact learning and could lead to improved treatments for Parkinson's disease.
BrainHub Announces Recipients of ProSEED FundingMonday, March 02, 2015
BrainHub Announces Recipients of ProSEED FundingEight new neuroscience projects propose innovative solutions to some of the most pressing questions in brain science and represent the university's strengths in biology, computer science, psychology, statistics and engineering. The projects out of the Dietrich College are Measuring Brain Changes During Stress Management Training, Statistical Methods To Identify Early Biomarkers of Brain Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease and ConnPort: Creating a Standardized Interface To Access Human Connectome Data.
Mind over mucus? CMU researcher gives subjects common colds to test psychological factors in immune systemsSunday, March 01, 2015
Mind over mucus? CMU researcher gives subjects common colds to test psychological factors in immune systemsSheldon Cohen, a CMU professor, will put three decades of groundbreaking research online. (One conclusion: Hugs do help.)
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Reveal How Mindfulness Training Affects HealthThursday, February 12, 2015
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Reveal How Mindfulness Training Affects HealthCMU Psychology Professor J. David Creswell and graduate student Emily K. Lindsay have developed a model suggesting that mindfulness influences health via stress reduction pathways. Their work, published in "Current Directions in Psychological Science," describes the biological pathways linking mindfulness training with reduced stress and stress-related disease outcomes.
Bringing Texture to Flat Touchscreens: New Insight Into How Brain Understands Data From FingersMonday, February 09, 2015
Bringing Texture to Flat Touchscreens: New Insight Into How Brain Understands Data From FingersRoberta Klatzky, the Charles J. Queenan Jr. Professor of Psychology and Human Computer Interaction, was part of a team that developed a new mathematical model and experimental results on "haptic illusions" that could one day lead to flat screen displays featuring active touchback technology, such as making your touchscreen's keyboard actually feel like a keyboard.
Can hugs make you healthier?Saturday, January 31, 2015
Can hugs make you healthier?Even though it's February, I'm not sick. How does that work? Some new research from Carnegie Mellon University might give us some clues. In their most recent study, Cohen and colleagues used questionnaires to assess how socially supported each of their 406 study volunteers felt, and used daily telephone interviews to tally up the interpersonal conflicts that had happened that day. The researchers recorded one more thing that hadn't been studied before: the number of hugs each volunteer had received.
Researchers Discover "Idiosyncratic" Brain Patterns in AutismMonday, January 19, 2015