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$3.8 million grant to fund mental health service study by Vanderbilt University and Indiana University

Dec. 6, 2010—Vanderbilt University’s Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement and the Indiana University Center for Adolescent and Family Studies have won a $3.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study methods to improve mental health services. The five-year project will examine how to improve mental health services for youth and families in...

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Video: VUCast: Can baby videos teach?

Dec. 3, 2010—Do videos targeted to babies really teach? New Vanderbilt research gives a clear answer. Plus, a Supreme Court justice comes to campus and why one ‘Dore is playing for the New York Times.

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Important brain area organized by color and orientation

Nov. 15, 2010—A brain area known to play a critical role in vision is divided into compartments that respond separately to different colors and orientations, Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered. The findings have important implications for furthering our understanding of perception and attention. The research was published Nov. 14, 2010, in Nature Neuroscience. “In vision, objects are...

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Video: Fingers detect typos even when conscious brain doesn’t

Oct. 28, 2010—Media contact: Melanie Moran (615) 322-NEWS melanie.moran@vanderbilt.ed

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Fingers detect typos even when conscious brain doesn’t

Oct. 28, 2010—Expert typists are able to zoom across the keyboard without ever thinking about which fingers are pressing the keys. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals that this skill is managed by an autopilot, one that is able to catch errors that can fool our conscious brain.

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Neurons cast votes to guide decision-making

Oct. 8, 2010—We know that casting a ballot in the voting booth involves politics, values and personalities. But before you ever push the button for your candidate, your brain has already carried out an election of its own to make that action possible. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals that our brain accumulates evidence when faced with...

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Synesthesia conference set for Oct. 1-3 at Vanderbilt

Sep. 13, 2010—A conference on synesthesia will bring psychologists, neuroscientists and artists to Vanderbilt University’s Wilson Hall Oct. 1-3 to discuss the latest information about what is described by some as a unique “sixth sense.” Randolph Blake, Centennial Professor of Psychology, and Edward Hubbard, a post-doctoral fellow in psychology and human and organizational development, are hosting the...

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Why can’t some people put the brakes on impulsive behavior?

Jul. 29, 2010—A group of Vanderbilt researchers analyzed the role of the brain chemical dopamine in impulsivity to discover more precisely what makes some people more susceptible to rash behavior.

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Revising the rules of perception

Jul. 29, 2010—The adult brain has more plasticity than previously thought The human brain never stops adapting to its environment in a constant quest to formulate what the mind perceives based on what the eyes see, according to findings from a research team that includes two Vanderbilt neuroscientists. The article, “Experience-driven plasticity in binocular vision,” is slated...

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Landmark national project on law and neuroscience to be based at Vanderbilt

Jul. 20, 2010—Vanderbilt University professor Owen Jones, who is one of the nation’s few professors of both law and biology, has been named director of the national Law and Neuroscience Project, which will now be headquartered at Vanderbilt.

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