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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Difficulty Processing Speech May Be an Effect of Dyslexia, Not a Cause

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The cognitive skills used to learn how to ride a bike may be the key to a more accurate understanding of developmental dyslexia.
Monday, October 5, 2015

Training by Repetition Actually Prevents Learning for Those With Autism

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CMU's Marlene Behrmann is part of the research team that is challenging the popular educational approaches designed for individuals with ASD.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

BrainHub and CNBC Interim Leadership Appointments Announced

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Provost Farnam Jahanian announced today two interim leadership appointments in the field of brain science, an established and growing area of expertise at Carnegie Mellon University.
Friday, September 18, 2015

Researchers Determine How Groups Make Decisions

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From Beats headphones’ rise to prominence or a political candidate’s surge in the polls to how ants and bees select a new nest site, decisions emerging from groups frequently occur without a leader. CMU researchers explain how it happens.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of CAUSE and Black Urban Life Scholarship

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To celebrate its 20th anniversary, CAUSE will host "State of the Field Conference: African American Urban History, Past and Present" from Oct. 2-4 at CMU. Earl Lewis, president of the A.W. Mellon Foundation, will give the keynote lecture.
Monday, September 14, 2015

Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport

A recent study shows that the central approach of MOOCs — having students watch to learn — is ineffective. Instead, the emphasis on interactive activities as advocated by CMU's Simon Initiative helps students learn about six times more.
Monday, September 14, 2015

Department of Education Renews PIER Grant for $3.6 Million

Affirming PIER’s impressive track record with respect to training students both in their core disciplines and in education research, the award will support 18 CMU doctoral students in three cohorts for four years of their training.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Faculty Share Visions of Robots, A.I. and Big Data at “Summer Davos”

Carnegie Mellon had the largest contingent of any university at the World Economic Forum in China.

Monday, August 31, 2015

New Research Confirms Lack of Sleep Connected To Getting Sick

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The researchers used objective sleep measures to show that people who sleep six hours a night or less are more than four times more likely to catch a cold, compared to those who sleep more than seven hours in a night.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Simon Initiative Hires Learning Engineer

Kimberly Law joins CMU as part of the university’s efforts to better understand and develop strategies to overcome the roadblocks to using technology-enhanced learning resources. MORE
Monday, August 17, 2015

BrainHub Scientists Visualize Critical Part of Basal Ganglia Pathways

The breakthrough could help see the pathways that degenerate with Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.
Friday, August 14, 2015

National Institute of Statistical Sciences Honors Stephen E. Fienberg

Fienberg was praised by the acting director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences for his exceptional leadership in a variety of professional and governmental organizations. MORE
Friday, August 14, 2015

Ana Maria Ulloa To Join Dietrich College as Assistant Dean, Academic Advisory Center Director

Ulloa will administer academic policies and procedures, maintain student records and ensure a high quality of advising throughout Dietrich College. MORE
Thursday, August 13, 2015

New Information Is Easier To Learn When Composed of Familiar Elements

CMU psychologists uncover a critical relationship between working memory and the strength of information “chunks.”

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BrainHub Engineers Receive NSF Grant To Study Neuron Variability and Motor Learning

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The award is one of 16 NSF grants totaling $13.1 million to support potentially transformative research in neural and cognitive systems.

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