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Talking to children about 9/11

Sep. 8, 2011—“There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach for talking to your kids about this or any other catastrophic event,” says Vanderbilt professor of psychology Tedra Walden.

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New insight into impulse control

Aug. 30, 2011—How the brain is wired to control impulsive behavior differs significantly from what psychologists have thought, new research finds.

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Memories may skew visual perception

Jul. 19, 2011—Taking a trip down memory lane while you are driving could land you in a roadside ditch, new research indicates. Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that our visual perception can be contaminated by memories of what we have recently seen, impairing our ability to properly understand and act on what we are currently seeing. “,”...

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Why people with schizophrenia may have trouble reading social cues

May. 24, 2011—Impairments in a brain area involved in social perception may help explain why individuals with schizophrenia have trouble reading social cues.

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Joy in the Journey

May. 5, 2011—Psychology professor Isabel Gauthier, an expert in the science of face recognition, relishes the process of discovery – and mentoring graduate students along the way.

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Faculty awards conferred at spring assembly

Apr. 7, 2011—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos presented five faculty members with awards when Vanderbilt‘s Spring Faculty Assembly convened April 7.

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Carl Johnson has the Last Word

Apr. 4, 2011—If you hear a booming voice singing Beethoven’s Ninth or Verdi’s Requiem in Wesley Place Garage one morning, it’s probably Carl Johnson practicing his repertoire for the Nashville Symphony Chorus.

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New minor in scientific computing launched

Apr. 1, 2011—Educating students in diverse disciplines in scientific computing is the aim of a new interdisciplinary major being offered this fall.

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How young brains make sense of senses

Mar. 31, 2011—The brain’s ability to process multiple sensory inputs continues to develop well into childhood, a recent study shows.

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Exercise can curb marijuana use and cravings

Mar. 4, 2011—Just a few sessions on the treadmill can prevent marijuana cravings and use, new research finds.

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Schizophrenics better at some memory tasks

Jan. 28, 2011—Individuals with schizophrenia are better at some cognitive tasks than average people, new research from Vanderbilt University indicates. The findings open the door for potential new therapies for these individuals. “We found a pocket of spared or enhanced ability in patients with schizophrenia when almost everything else is impaired,” Vanderbilt psychologist Sohee Park, co-author of...

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Brain imaging predicts future reading progress in children with dyslexia

Dec. 20, 2010—Brain scans of adolescents with dyslexia can be used to predict the future improvement of their reading skills with an accuracy rate of up to 90 percent, new research indicates. Advanced analyses of the brain activity images are significantly more accurate in driving predictions than standardized reading tests or any other measures of children’s behavior....

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