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Scientists establish first map of the sea lion brain

Apr. 27, 2016—A team of neuroscientists at Vanderbilt University has taken an important step toward uncovering the mystery behind the California sea lion's prodigious intelligence by conducting the first comprehensive study of their central nervous systems.

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Woodman receives Troland Research Award

Jan. 19, 2016—The National Academy of Sciences has announced that Geoffrey Woodman, associate professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University, will receive a 2016 Troland Research Award.

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Psychotherapies have long-term benefit for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome

Dec. 28, 2015—A new meta-analysis has found that the beneficial effects of using psychological therapy to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are not only short term but are also long lasting.

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VUMC’s Baganz honored by Society for Neuroscience

Nov. 12, 2015—For her contributions to public communication, outreach and education about neuroscience, Nicole Baganz, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in Pharmacology, received the 2015 Next Generation Award from the Society for Neuroscience.

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Thickness of grey matter predicts ability to recognize faces and objects

Nov. 9, 2015—The thickness of the cortex in a region of the brain that specializes in facial recognition can predict an individual's ability to recognize faces and other objects.

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Interpreting ambiguous visual information is surprisingly low level brain function

Oct. 7, 2015—When faced with ambiguous visual information, it is the visual processing areas of the brain that choose between the competing impressions, not the higher levels of the brain as previously thought.

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Nerve cell remodelers

Sep. 18, 2015—Vanderbilt investigators have defined a gene expression program that controls the timing of synaptic remodeling – a process that is critical to brain development, learning and memory.

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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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Law and neuroscience research gets $1.4 million in additional grant money

Sep. 14, 2015—A $1.4 million grant will allow a research network based at Vanderbilt to continue its study of the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice.

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Nine professors honored at endowed chair holder celebration

Sep. 9, 2015—The extraordinary achievements of nine Vanderbilt endowed chair holders were lauded at a Sept. 8 celebration during which generous donors were thanked.

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University-wide limited submission opportunity: Simons Foundation

Sep. 4, 2015—Vanderbilt may nominate two candidates for the Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems award.

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A little jolt helps the brain get back on track

Jul. 8, 2015—Applying mild electrical stimulation to an area of the brain associated with cognitive control helps people with schizophrenia to recognize errors and adjust their behavior to avoid them.

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