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Finally, a type of face that men recognize better than women

Nov. 16, 2016—A study finds men are better at recognizing Transformer faces while women are better at recognizing Barbie faces, supporting the theory that we're more likely to recognize what we're used to seeing.

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Bioluminescent sensor causes brain cells to glow in the dark

Oct. 27, 2016—A team of Vanderbilt scientists have genetically modified luciferase, the enzyme that produces bioluminescence, so that it acts as an optical sensor that records activity in brain cells.

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Today’s self-taught typists almost as fast as touch typists – as long as they can see the keyboard

Oct. 18, 2016—Sometimes you can't improve on a classic method: Touch typing is still the fastest.

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Conte Center symposium: ‘Serotonin, Reward and the Addicted Brain’ Oct. 28

Oct. 17, 2016—The 2016 symposium and poster session for the Silvio O. Conte Neuroscience Research Center at Vanderbilt University will be Friday, Oct. 28, from noon to 5:30 p.m. in Medical Research Building III, Room 1220.

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Total number of neurons—not enlarged prefrontal region—hallmark of human brain

Aug. 9, 2016—Research by Associate Professor of Psychology Suzana Herculano-Houzel finds that human intelligence comes from the number of neurons in our brains—and it was the invention of cooking that made neuron development possible.

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Refining neural circuitry

Aug. 2, 2016—During development, neural circuits are remodeled – some synapses are eliminated and others are strengthened – to produce a mature, functional nervous system.

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A little spark for sharper sight

Jun. 30, 2016—Stimulating the brain with a mild electrical current can temporarily sharpen vision without glasses or contacts, Vanderbilt University researchers have found. (But please don't try this at home.)

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Blake, Winder to lead national search committee for Vanderbilt Brain Institute director

Jun. 22, 2016—Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has appointed an 18-member committee of faculty and students to conduct the national search for the Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute chaired by Randolph Blake, Centennial Professor of Psychology, and Danny Winder, director for the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research.

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Study gives new meaning to the term ‘bird brain’

Jun. 13, 2016—The first study to systematically measure the number of neurons in the brains of birds has found that they have significantly more neurons packed into their small brains than are stuffed into mammalian and even primate brains of the same mass.

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Annual Music, Mind and Society symposium is Sept. 12

Jun. 9, 2016—The Program for Music, Mind and Society at Vanderbilt presents its annual symposium, "The Science of Song," Sept. 12 from 2 to 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall of the Blair School of Music.

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Free symposium on autism, neuroscience and perceptual thinking

May. 18, 2016—“Neuro-diverse: A Symposium on Autism, Neuroscience and Perceptual Thinking” and an associated evening lecture – both free and open to the public – will take place on the Vanderbilt campus Monday, May 23.

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Search launched for director of Vanderbilt Brain Institute; Emeson to serve as interim

May. 9, 2016—A national search will be launched this fall for the Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente announced today. Current VBI Associate Director Ron Emeson will begin a term as interim director effective July 1.

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