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Tag: Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Monkey sees. . . monkey knows?

Monkey sees. . . monkey knows?

September 6, 2017

Monkeys had higher confidence in their ability to remember an image when the visual contrast was high. These kinds of metacognitive illusions—false beliefs about how we learn or remember best—are shared by humans, leading brain and cognitive scientists to believe that metacognition could have an evolutionary basis.

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Patient plays saxophone while surgeons remove brain tumor

Patient plays saxophone while surgeons remove brain tumor

August 26, 2017

A team of surgeons, brain and cognitive science researchers, and music theorists worked together to preserve a musician’s ability to experience music, ending in a remarkable saxophone solo on the operating table.

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Student work opens the brain to help surgeons remove tumors

Student work opens the brain to help surgeons remove tumors

August 11, 2017

Brain research does not take a summer vacation, and neither does Magdalena Granados ’19. The McNair Scholar is working on “awake language mapping” research designed to help neurosurgeons operate with greater precision.

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Michael Tanenhaus awarded top cognitive science prize

Michael Tanenhaus awarded top cognitive science prize

August 1, 2017

Tanenhaus is best known for developing the Visual World Paradigm, which uses eye movements to study the mechanisms behind speech and language comprehension.

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Surviving a stroke propels career in brain research

Surviving a stroke propels career in brain research

July 26, 2017

In July 2005, as a high school senior, Frank Garcea suffered what could have been a deadly stroke during soccer practice. Today, after receiving his doctorate at Rochester, he researches how the brain recovers from injury.

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Piantadosi named ‘rising star’ by Association for Psychological Science

Piantadosi named ‘rising star’ by Association for Psychological Science

March 16, 2017

Steven Piantadosi, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, was recognized as one of this year’s outstanding psychological scientists in the early stages of their post-PhD research career.

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Machine learning advances human-computer interaction

Machine learning advances human-computer interaction

March 10, 2017

Machine learning provides computers with the ability to learn from labeled examples and observations of data. Researchers at Rochester are developing computer programs incorporating machine learning to teach robots and software to understand natural language and body language, make predictions from social media, and model human cognition.

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What humans and primates both know when it comes to numbers

What humans and primates both know when it comes to numbers

January 16, 2017

University researchers show that primates — like humans — have the ability to distinguish between large and small quantities of objects, irrespective of the surface area those objects occupy.

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Brain training video games help low-vision kids see better

Brain training video games help low-vision kids see better

November 28, 2016

A new study by vision scientists finds that children with poor vision see vast and lasting improvement in their peripheral vision after only eight hours of playing kid-friendly video games.

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This is your brain on sentences

This is your brain on sentences

August 12, 2016

What does the meaning of a word look like? Researchers have, for the first time, decoded and predicted the brain activity patterns of word meanings within sentences, and successfully predicted what the brain patterns would be for new sentences.

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