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In Tennessee, principal quality is not distributed equally across schools

Jan. 31, 2019—A new research brief from the Tennessee Education Research Alliance finds that principal quality varies greatly from school to school in Tennessee and effective principals are not distributed equally in schools across the state.

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Findings on eye-signal blending re-examine Nobel-winning research

Jan. 17, 2019—Knowing which neurons are involved in the eye signal blending process also opens the door to targeted brain therapies that reach well beyond eye patches.

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Labels like ‘Asian fail’ and ‘Black genius’ are no joke for STEM students of color: report

Jan. 14, 2019—Vanderbilt professor Ebony O. McGee studied the collegiate experiences and academic and career decisions of 61 Black, Latinx and Asian advanced undergraduate STEM college students.

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Team finds how error and reward signals are organized within cerebral cortex

Jan. 14, 2019—Psychiatrists diagnose people with schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses by spending time with them, looking for the particular behavior symptoms of each. What follows can be a hit-or-miss series of medications and dosages until disruptive behaviors go away. By deciphering the circuitry of the medial frontal cortex – an area beneath the...

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Special education researchers highlight moderator analysis in ‘Exceptional Children’ special issue

Jan. 9, 2019—Peabody College's Douglas Fuchs and Lynn Fuchs served as guest editors of the January issue of "Exceptional Children."

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Vanderbilt increases presence in Edu-Scholar rankings

Jan. 9, 2019—Vanderbilt University has increased its presence in "Education Week’s" annual listing of the most influential public scholars in education.

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Stress and trauma in earliest years linked to reduced hippocampal volume in adolescence

Dec. 19, 2018—There may be a "sensitive period" in which stress is more likely to affect brain development in adolescence, according to Kathryn L. Humphreys, assistant professor of psychology at Vanderbilt and lead author of a new study.

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Immigrant children in ‘tender age shelters’ at risk for psychological disorders

Dec. 19, 2018—The practice of separating immigrant children from their parents is very likely to lead to negative effects on emotional and mental health in adolescence.

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Ansari to deliver educational neuroscience talk Jan. 16

Dec. 14, 2018—Ansari will challenge the common assumption that symbols for numbers acquire their meaning by being mapped onto the pre-existing, phylogenetically ancient system for the approximate representation of non-symbolic numbers.

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Policies for Action Research Hub at Vanderbilt created

Dec. 14, 2018—Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Peabody College have established a transinstitutional Policies for Action Research Hub to better understand and develop recommendations to address the needs of some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable children, including those in immigrant families and with prenatal exposure to opioids.

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Reading curriculum for immigrant children funded by Spencer Foundation

Nov. 30, 2018—Vanderbilt is developing an instructional approach that leverages students’ first language to comprehend English language texts more effectively.

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Vanderbilt KidTalk begins clinical trial on intervention for young children with language delays

Nov. 30, 2018—Vanderbilt will conduct a clinical trial of an intervention for young children with language delays in an NIDCD study.

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