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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Neurobiological Changes Explain How Mindfulness Meditation Improves Health

The CMU study shows that mindfulness meditation reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, unemployed adults.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Carnegie Mellon Joins IARPA Project To Reverse-Engineer Brain Algorithms

Neural Network Cell
Carnegie Mellon is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to make computers think more like humans.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

CMU Scientists Star in Werner Herzog’s Latest Film

Werner Herzog Film
“Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

National Academy of Sciences To Honor John R. Anderson For Revolutionizing How We Learn

John Anderson
Anderson will receive the 2016 Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Religious Beliefs Don’t Always Lead to Violence

Middle East
New research published in the PNAS reveals that religious beliefs might instead promote interfaith cooperation.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Young Writers Showcase Their Work at Carnegie Mellon’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards

MLK Writing Awards
Seventeen Pittsburgh-area high school and college students were recognized for their poetry and prose describing their personal experiences with racism and discrimination.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Even With 24/7 Access, Investors Tend To Put Their Heads In The Sand When Expecting Bad News

ostrich effect
Research by CMU economists finds that the “ostrich effect” takes over when markets are down.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

CMU Behavioral Economists: Health Insurance Complexity Leads to Costly Mistakes

While insurance exchanges were designed to benefit consumers by offering more plan choices, for many people, selecting a health plan is a source of confusion and stress. MORE
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Social Stress: Brain Circuitry Fails To Connect in Children With Autism

Brain Images
An innovative brain imaging study has uncovered new evidence explaining why "theory of mind" deficiencies are present in ASD children.
Monday, December 14, 2015

Vegetarian and “Healthy” Diets Could Be More Harmful to the Environment

Bacon and Lettuce
According to a Carnegie Mellon study, eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Study Finds Simple Ways To Increase Participation in Earned Income Tax Credit

Tax form calculator
Redesigned and less complex forms, coupled with a reminder, led to a 22 percent greater participation rate from those eligible to receive the credit.
Friday, December 4, 2015

Lehoczky, Rajkumar and Sha To Receive IEEE Simon Ramo Medal

Sha Rajkumar and Lehoczky
The medal recognizes technical leadership and contributions to fundamental theory, practice and standardization for engineering real-time systems.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Not Mere Trickery: Effects of Behavioral Nudges Persist Despite Disclosure

pen and form
A team led by CMU behavioral economist George Loewenstein investigated the impact of making people aware that they were being nudged toward a particular decision.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Center for Human Rights Science Secures Over $1M for Video, Image Analysis

CMU’s Center for Human Rights Science has secured over $1 million in funding to develop tools to collect, analyze and disseminate information gathered from human rights media.

Monday, November 30, 2015

CMU Receives $3 Million NIH Grant To Study Healthy Aging

David Creswell
The award will support David Creswell's research to identify novel and effective treatments for lonely older adults.

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