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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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  • 11/12/18--07:11: Consciousness: Neuroscience
  • CNBC faculty member and associate director (CMU) Wayne Wu has just completed a survey of the neuroscience of consciousness in a review article for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The comprehensive review clarifies how consciousness can be empirically dissected. For philosophers, it provides an introduction to some important empirical work. For neuroscientists, it will help […]

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    Adolescence is a period of development where complex cognitive abilities like working-memory and inhibitory control mature, becoming more consistent and reliable. These improvements in cognition are occurring at the same time that brain structures that support these cognitive functions are undergoing continued developmental plasticity. Though this pattern of development has been well-described, the neurobiological mechanisms […]

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    The brain can anticipate stimuli that are behaviorally relevant, and attention can be deployed in advance of the stimuli’s appearance. The prevailing view is that attention works by acting as a sort of gain on neural activity leading to an amplification of a signal. This gain influence is thought to also apply to “spontaneous” activity […]