Mar. 13, 2017—Intent to commit a crime is a crucial factor in determining prison sentences. A new neuro study suggests it is possible to measure subtle variations in intent while a crime is being committed.
Sep. 16, 2015—New work by researchers at Vanderbilt University and Harvard University confirms that a specific area of the brain, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, is crucial to punishment decisions.
Mar. 9, 2015—Vanderbilt University researchers took a significant step toward answering longstanding questions about the origins of consciousness with a recent discovery of global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness.
Mar. 2, 2015—A new brain imaging study challenges conventional wisdom about how and where in the brain the processing of visual orientation information first occurs.
Mar. 14, 2014—A brain-mapping study of patients with schizophrenia has found that areas associated with the ability to imitate are impaired, providing new support for the theory that deficits in this basic cognitive skill may underlie the profound difficulty with social interactions that characterize the disorder.
Sep. 5, 2013—Research conducted at Vanderbilt is featured in "Brains on Trial with Alan Alda," a two-part televised series airing Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 on PBS that explores how the growing ability to separate truth from lies may radically affect the way criminal trials are conducted in the future.
Apr. 4, 2012—A new study on novel word learning uncovered clues on reading and plasticity in the brain that could determine interventions for children who struggle with reading.