Psychology Professor Lori Holt, a a specialist in auditory cognitive neuroscience, has been named a 2013 winner of the National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award for “studies advancing our understanding of the sensory and cognitive processes that are fundamental to the perception of speech.” The prestigious honor, which includes a $50,000 prize, is given annually to two psychology researchers under the age of 40 to recognize extraordinary scientific achievement and to further promote empirical research on the relationship between consciousness and the physical world. As director of CMU’s Speech Perception and Learning Laboratory, Holt investigates how the brain interprets sound to solve problems related to speech perception and communication disorders. Read the full story.
George Loewenstein, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology, will participate in a Science Magazine live chat on the topic of conflicts of interest in academia. The chat will take place today, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. EST. Follow the chat on Twitter using the hashtag #sciencelive. For more information, visit http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/01/live-chat-conflicts-of-interest.html.
Chris Harrison was recently named one of six innovators who are pushing technology in fresh directions by Smithsonian. Smithsonian says, "Harrison, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, has been a leader in finding ways to turn everyday objects — a couch, a doorknob, a glass of water — into interactive devices. Harrison is a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.