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Chang receives Early Career Award for advancing fMRI data analysis

Jul. 25, 2019—Catie Chang has received the 2019 Early Career Achievement Award from a society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Chang, an assistant professor of computer science, electrical engineering and computer engineering, was honored this week at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society conference. Specifically, the award cites her “innovative contributions to...

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Working memory in psychotic disorders

Jul. 11, 2019—Functional MRI studies have revealed that targeting activation of certain brain regions may improve working memory and cognition in psychotic disorders.

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How the brain learns a second language is focus of Vanderbilt study

Apr. 18, 2018—Vanderbilt University has received a four-year, $552,273 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund new research examining how the brain learns a second language.

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BOLD view of white matter

Jan. 12, 2018—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered that functional MRI detects neural activity in both gray and white matter in the brain, suggesting new ways to investigate diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.

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Neuroscientists can measure criminal intent – at least in the moment

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.

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How your brain decides blame and punishment—and how it can be changed

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.

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Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness

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.

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Results challenge conventional wisdom about where the brain begins processing visual information

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.

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Brain mapping confirms patients with schizophrenia have impaired ability to imitate

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.

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Two Vanderbilt professors part of PBS series ‘Brains on Trial’ Sept. 11 and 18

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.

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Not all reading disabilities are dyslexia

Jun. 14, 2013—A common reading disorder goes undiagnosed until it becomes problematic, according to the results of five years of study performed by researchers at Peabody College of education and human development.

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Perfect timing for sensory processing

May. 11, 2012—Identification of brain regions involved in processing sights and sounds may offer insights into disorders like autism and dyslexia.

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