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Center for Neural Basis of Cognition

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    Brain-related disorders impact almost everyone, either directly or through family or friends. For many of the disorders, whether they’re psychiatric or neurological, there are basic scientific descriptions and valuable treatment options, but none has a satisfactory cure because the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. The federal government launched the BRAIN Initiative in 2013 to ignite […]

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    After graduating with a Ph.D. in neural computation from Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) in 2014, Kubra Komek made the switch to the medtech industry. Komek’s degree comes in handy every day as a regional clinical research manager for the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Turkey. Komek manages […]

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    Project Will Examine the Effect of Pictures in Books for Beginning Readers The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $8.2 million through its Science of Learning program to fund 24 new projects that will advance theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge of learning principles, processes, environments and constraints. Carnegie Mellon University’s Anna Fisher has received a […]

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    Tarr Also Receives CMU Trustee Professorship of Vision Science Carnegie Mellon University’s Michael J. Tarr has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Tarr, head of the Department of Psychology and a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), both in the Dietrich […]

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    Carnegie Mellon University’s Roberta Klatzky, a world-renowned expert in cognition who examines the relationships between human perception and action, with a focus on touch, has been elevated to a fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization. The IEEE fellow status is a distinction reserved for select […]

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    Grants Support Creation of New Technologies for Understanding the Brain Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center (MBIC) and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have received close to $7.5 million in new funding from the National Institutes of Health through the federal BRAIN Initiative to support innovative […]

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    New Non-invasive Approach Reveals Brain Mechanisms of Auditory Attention How is it that we are able—without any noticeable effort—to listen to a friend talk in a crowded café or follow the melody of a violin within an orchestra? A team led by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Birkbeck, University of London has developed a […]

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    Imagine being on the cusp of stepping off a curb to cross the street when, suddenly, you see a car rapidly approaching. Being able to quickly cancel an incipient action, as in this imagined situation, is thought to depend on a network of brain areas that includes the subthalamic nucleus (STN, part of the basal […]

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  • 01/19/18--11:41: Troland Award: Marlene Cohen
  • Marlene Cohen, Associate Professor (CNUP, Pitt) and associate director of the CNBC, has been awarded a 2018 Troland Award from the National Academy of Science for her work in understanding information processing in the visual system. The National Academy announcement notes that her work “employs a combination of mathematics and experimental neuroscience to study how […]

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    Matt Smith (Pitt) and Byron Yu (CMU) have recently been award a four year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant to study perception and cognition using brain computer interfaces. “When a person views an image many times, they may interpret it very differently depending on their recent experience, attention, and frame of mind,” Smith notes. […]

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    Renowned auditory neuroscientist Barbara Shinn-Cunningham will help establish a new, cross-disciplinary neuroscience institute that will create innovative tools and technologies critical to advancing brain science. more here…

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    In a collaborative effort, three CNBC faculty members and their labs from both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh published their research in Nature Neuroscience. They examined the changes that take place in the brain when learning a new task. To truly see how neural activity changes during learning, we need to look […]

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    Computer Science and CNBC faculty member David Touretzky (CMU Robotics) is leading an effort to establish national guidelines for artificial intelligence education in K-12. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) have formed a joint working group to develop national guidelines for teaching K-12 students about […]

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  • 06/20/18--07:53: CNBC State of the Art Panel
  • The fourth “CNBC State of the Art” panel took place on May 31st at the Mellon Institute, focused on the basal ganglia. The topic, “What is the function of the basal ganglia?”, was addressed by CNBC faculty members Aryn Gittis (CMU Biology), Rob Turner (Pitt Neurobiology), Tim Verstynen (CMU Psychology), Eric Yttri (CMU Biology). Seventy […]

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    Considerable efforts in neuroscience research have focused on studying the differential contributions of the basal ganglia and the cerebellum to behavior. These subcortical structures perform many of their functions through interactions with the cerebral cortex. Although both the basal ganglia and the cerebellum influence many of the same cortical areas, they do so via distinct […]

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    Neuroscientist Aryn Gittis was named a finalist for the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation for her discovery of new therapeutic targets for Parkinson’s disease. The highly competitive prize is awarded for outstanding research from the last three years as described in a 1,500 word essay. Gittis’ essay will be published in the Aug. 3 […]

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    Carnegie Mellon University will award the sixth annual Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brian Sciences to Krishna V. Shenoy, the Hong Seh and Vivian W. M. Lim Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. Shenoy directs the Stanford Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab and co-directs the Stanford Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory, which aims to help restore […]

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    The Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) at Carnegie Mellon University seek a tenure-track faculty candidate in systems neuroscience at the assistant professor level. Details here.

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    Single neurons in the brain’s primary visual cortex can reliably detect straight lines, even though the cellular makeup of the neurons is constantly changing, according to a new study by Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists, led by Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Sandra Kuhlman. The study’s findings, funded by the National Institutes of Health and published […]

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    CNBC and CMU Biology faculty Aryn Gittis received the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Award which recognizes creativity and originality in research and aims to promote the success of early career researchers. She accepted the award at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in San Diego, Nov. 3-7. Gittis’ research focuses on understanding the dynamics and function of […]

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