Players of fast-paced action games like “Call of Duty” and “Titanfall” become better learners than those who play slower games, new research shows. The study, published in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identified a “surprisingly broad transfer of performance enhancements” in subjects assigned to play several dozen hours of action games over nine weeks. “In order to sharpen its prediction skills, our brains constantly build models, or ‘templates,’ of the world,” explained the University of Rochester’s Daphne Bevelier in a news release.
In the vastness of the universe, it’s very likely that other life forms have also evolved to an extent that they altered the atmosphere of their planets. If we looked at climate change as a predictable consequence of intelligent life — and a process that tends to follow specific patterns — we might be better equipped to figure out how to stop it.
For nearly seven years, Jonathan Binstock barely felt the earth beneath his feet. Eventually, a desire to stay put led Binstock to the Memorial Art Gallery, where in July he was named director. Binstock succeeded Grant Holcomb, who retired in July after close to three decades in the position.
HOW much do investors care about election outcomes?
In the wake of Wednesday’s stock market rally, in which both the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and the Dow Jones industrial average rose sharply a day after the midterm elections, pundits suggested that the answer was “quite a bit.”
Tonight and Saturday, Eastman School of Music Professor Douglas Humpherys will appear as a guest pianist with the RPO, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. We asked RPO Marketing Intern Matthew Langford to interview Humpherys about the Russian composer and his famous first concerto.
URMC has launched a 5-year effort to develop the Human Lung Molecular Atlas Program, or LungMAP. Doctor Gloria Pryhuber, professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine, explains the project will give researchers a better understanding of the development and functioning of the lungs on a microscopic level.
The decision by the singer and Big Machine Label Group to pull all of her songs point up the compensation problems that continue to roil the music industry. In fact, they’re evident in Spotify’s plea, says popular music historian, John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester in New York.
Members of East High School’s Science STARS (Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science) club presented the results of their investigations Thursday during an event at the school. The students worked with prospective science teachers from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education.
Slated to take over as University of Rochester Medical Center CEO in January, Mark Taubman M.D. will head the largest division of UR—the region’s largest employer. In an exclusive interview with the Rochester Business Journal last week, Taubman extensively discussed his plans and the challenges he expects in the coming year and beyond.