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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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Thesis documenting discovery of famous psychological effect donated to Vanderbilt

Mar. 3, 2014—The original thesis of John Ridley Stroop, who discovered one of the most famous tasks in cognitive psychology while studying for his doctoral degree at Peabody College, was donated to Vanderbilt by his son Fred.

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In the brain, the number of neurons in a network may not matter

Feb. 3, 2014—A study has found that the time it takes neural networks in the brain to make decisions is remarkably stable regardless of size: a finding that could make it easier to achieve the goal of the President's BRAIN Initiative established last spring.

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Kudos: Read about faculty and staff awards and achievements

Jan. 10, 2014—Read about faculty and staff awards and achievements in the latest edition of "Kudos."

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Peabody faculty recognized for public influence in ‘Ed Week’ ranking

Jan. 8, 2014—Members of Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development faculty were named in the 2014 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings, which recognizes university-based academics who are contributing substantially to public debates about K-12 and higher education.

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Top 10 research stories of 2013

Dec. 23, 2013—This year’s most popular research stories plumbed mysteries of the brain, examined complex social phenomena, shed light on dark matter, uncovered a surprising link between our three greatest health threats and more.

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Study gives new meaning to ‘let your fingers do the walking’

Dec. 4, 2013—A new study has found that skilled typists can’t identify the positions of many of the keys on the QWERTY keyboard and that novice typists don’t appear to learn key locations in the first place.

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Math education expert selected for NGA roundtable

Dec. 3, 2013—Peabody's Bethany Rittle-Johnson was one of a select group of education professionals invited to participate in the National Governors Association Expert Roundtable for Strengthening Early Mathematics Education.

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Jon Kaas wins major neuroscience award

Nov. 14, 2013—Jon Kaas is the 2014 recipient of the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience, which recognizes individuals whose research has had a revolutionary impact on the field.

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Even in the dark, brain “sees” its own body’s movement

Oct. 30, 2013—With the help of computerized eye trackers, new research finds that at least 50 percent of people can see the movement of their own hand even in the absence of all light.

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VUCast: A wireless capsule and hallucinating without drugs

Oct. 30, 2013—See how a wireless capsule could help during minimally invasive surgeries Why magnesium and vitamin D are a match made in heaven And do you really see the S in the USA network logo? Watch this QuickVU roundup of research stories.

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Live Science: Conservatives and liberals equally smug, study finds

Oct. 9, 2013—New research by postdoctoral fellow Kaitlin Toner suggests liberals and conservatives are about equally convinced of the correctness of their views, but extremists are more likely than moderates to feel their views are superior.

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