Tag: Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Curious monkeys trade ‘prize’ for information

Curious monkeys trade ‘prize’ for information

February 13, 2015

Monkeys have such robust curiosity that they are willing to give up a surprisingly large portion of a potential prize in order to quickly find out if they selected the winning option at a game of chance, new research has found.

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Curious monkeys share our thirst for knowledge

Curious monkeys share our thirst for knowledge

February 12, 2015

Monkeys are notoriously curious, and new research has quantified just how eager they are to gain new information, even if there are not immediate benefits.

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Professor named to Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ in science

Professor named to Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ in science

January 23, 2015

Each year, Forbes Magazine lists the top 30 people under the age of 30 who have reached notable success in their chosen field. Elika Bergelson, a research assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, was selected for the 2015 list for her work on the development of language in infants.

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December 31, 2014

It appears that science isn’t so silly after all. What is perhaps silly is the short-sightedness that puts immediate frugality before long-term gain. Criticism of ‘wasteful’ science fails to see the big picture. And what is really silly is the storm of viral hysteria surrounding stories such as these. Some people read the headline: “Scientists waste money on monkey gambling” and find the accusation of wastefulness a little too easy to accept.

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Researchers explain how our minds make sense through order

Researchers explain how our minds make 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 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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