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by David Salisbury | Posted on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 — 10:53 AM
The Perceptual Expertise Network (PEN) – a team of psychologists, neuroscientists and computer scientists who study how the brain acquires visual expertise – has received a five-year renewal of support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The PEN collaboration began in 2000 and consists of 9 principal investigators along with their post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students from seven institutions in the United States and Canada. The network is coordinated at Vanderbilt University where it is co-directed by Professor of Psychology Isabel Gauthier and Associate Professor of Psychology Thomas Palmeri.
The network is one of four core networks in the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC), one of six Science of Learning Centers established by NSF. TDLC, which is headquartered at the University of California, San Diego brought together a large, interdisciplinary team to study the role of time and timing in learning. NSF has renewed its support for the center with a five-year grant totaling $18 million. Of this, PEN will receive about $4 million. Bruce McCandliss, the Patricia and Rhodes Hart Chair of Psychology at Vanderbilt, is a member of the TDLC scientific advisory board.
“Our team is working together to unravel the mysteries of learning through cooperative, interdisciplinary science,” said TDLC Director Gary Cottrell, who is professor of computer science and engineering at UCSD and a member of PEN.
PEN research is focused on a number of related areas, including:
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