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Virtual reality world offers drug addicts low-risk place to just say ‘no’

Mar. 19, 2018—Opioid addicts and others battling compulsion around drugs or alcohol are using a new high-tech, low-risk method to practice saying no—through virtual reality.

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High-choice, high-status school districts

Feb. 14, 2018—In VU BreakThru, Peabody alumni Kristin Baese and Eve Rifkin discuss school reform in Sterling Ranch – a planned community outside of Denver that won a 2015 Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) award and continues to flourish.

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Study finds children think flexibly about gender identity

Jan. 16, 2018—Children may think more flexibly about gender identity than previously thought, according to a study by Vanderbilt researchers.

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Vanderbilt leads study investigating impact of theatre on youth with autism

Jan. 15, 2018—  Autism researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and two other universities have received a $2.99 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to conduct a four-year multisite project investigating the impact of theatre and peer mediation on the social competence of youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The multisite intervention project...

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Does watching Sesame Street make kids kinder?

Jan. 5, 2018—A grant of more than $100,000 from Sesame Workshop will support a new Vanderbilt study on kindness.

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Sorry, Grumpy Cat—Study finds dogs are brainier than cats

Nov. 29, 2017—The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats.

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‘Mind’s eye blink’ proves ‘paying attention’ is not just a figure of speech

Nov. 21, 2017—Vanderbilt psychologists have discovered that when you shift your attention from one place to another, your brain 'blinks'—or experiences momentary gaps in perception.

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Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Nov. 7, 2017—A new study shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people’s visual ability and that these variations are not associated with individuals’ general intelligence, or IQ.

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Vanderbilt to design teacher residency program for TN teachers

Nov. 6, 2017—A $16,000 grant will support the design of yearlong residency program pairing prospective teachers with experienced educators in Metro Nashville schools.

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Meet Vanderbilt’s first Academic Pathways fellows

Oct. 27, 2017—Seven outstanding Ph.D.’s with diverse backgrounds and experiences have come to Vanderbilt to pursue postdoctoral training with an eye toward academic careers.

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For young black men, HIV prevention program reflects innovations

Oct. 23, 2017—HIV infections in the United States have declined 18 percent in recent years, but in the African American community, the figures remain disproportionately high.

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It’s not just about the money, say STEM students of color

Oct. 19, 2017—In a new study, black and Latinx students said it was important for them to use their careers to help others.

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