Tag: Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Making sense through order

Making sense through order

December 15, 2014

Rochester scientists say they have an alternative to the standard explanation for why order matters when the human mind processes information. Ting Qian and Richard Aslin explain that our tendency to detect patterns in data is built into our cognitive processes, even when it’s at the risk of overestimating the importance of such patterns. (photo by Flickr user redwoodphotography made available under CC BY-ND 2.0)

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New imaging technique helps predict how vision recovers after brain tumor removal

New imaging technique helps predict how vision recovers after brain tumor removal

December 10, 2014

An interdisciplinary team of University neuroscientists and neurosurgeons has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor.

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Playing action video games can boost learning

Playing action video games can boost learning

November 10, 2014

A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally.

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Researcher receives $1.25M grant to unlock ‘magic’ behind babies, language

Researcher receives $1.25M grant to unlock ‘magic’ behind babies, language

October 6, 2014

Elika Bergelson, a newly-appointed research assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, focuses on understanding how babies learn words between 6-to 18-months old. Funding from the NIH recognizes Bergelson as one of the nation’s “exceptional early career scientist” and will help her pathbreaking work advance more quickly.

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Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows

Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows

June 27, 2014

Humans have a well-documented tendency to see winning and losing streaks in situations that, in fact, are random. Now in the first study in non-human primates of this systematic error in decision making, researchers find that monkeys also share our unfounded belief in lucky streaks.

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When it comes to learning numbers, culture counts

When it comes to learning numbers, culture counts

June 20, 2014

The findings of a new study suggest that number learning is a fundamental process that follows a universal pathway. However, the timing of the process depends on a child’s environment.

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‘Seeing’ in the Dark

‘Seeing’ in the Dark

October 31, 2013

The eerie ability to see our hand in the dark suggests that the brain combines information from different senses to create perceptions.

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What’s Your Motion Quotient

What’s Your Motion Quotient

June 19, 2013

A surprisingly simple exercise measures the brain’s unconscious ability to filter out visual movement, and points to an unexpected link between IQ and motion filtering

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Autistic Kids Detect Motion Faster

Autistic Kids Detect Motion Faster

May 8, 2013

Such heightened sensory perception in autism may help explain why some people with the disorder are painfully sensitive to noise and bright lights.

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Making Sense of Monkey Math

Making Sense of Monkey Math

May 3, 2013

The study tracked eight olive baboons, ages 4 to 14, in 54 separate trials of guess-which-cup-has-the-most-treats.

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