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Congratulations to our Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients! Jonathan Flombaum, Assistant Professor, was awarded the Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award and Alison Papadakis, Associate Teaching Professor, was awarded the Undergraduate Advising Award.
PBS Welcomes our Homecoming Graduates!
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Esther Greif (1973)
Bob Ochsman (1973)
Grover “Cleve” Gilmore (1975)
Richard Haier (1975)
Lloyd Bond (1976)
Jerry Krueger (1977)
Jack Yates (1974)
Faculty Positions Available
A Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship in Computational Neuroscience, with a focus on human, large-scale brain organization and function, is available at the Johns Hopkins University. Apply Here.
In their paper published on 4/3/15 in the journal Science, cognitive psychologists Aimee E. Stahl, PhD Candidate, and Lisa Feigenson, Professor, demonstrate for the first time that babies learn new things by leveraging the core information with which they are born. When something surprises a baby, like an object not behaving the way she expects it to, she not only focuses on that object but ultimately learns more about it than from a similar yet predictable object. See the video here to learn more!
Read more about Dr. Michela Gallagher's continuing work on a novel therapeutic approach for an existing drug that reverses a condition in elderly patients who are at high risk for dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. The drug, commonly used to treat epilepsy, calms hyperactivity in the brain of patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment, or aMCI, a clinically recognized condition in which memory impairment is greater than expected for a person's age and which greatly increases risk for Alzheimer's dementia, according to the study published this week in NeuroImage: Clinical. The findings validate the Johns Hopkins team's initial conclusions, published three years ago in the journal Neuron.
Professor Lisa Feigenson was recently honored by National Academy of Sciences with $75,000 Troland Research Award for her ongoing investigation of early brain development and number sense. Dr. Feigenson explores the fundamental processes of human cognition and memory by testing the limits on what infants and children are able to understand about numbers and the processes that underlie that understanding. Read more…
Professor Michela Gallagher was recently honored by the Society for Neuroscience with the Mika Salapeter Lifetime Achievement Award for her career achievements in neuroscience and commitment to the professional advancement of others in the field. For the past 35 years, Gallagher's research at Johns Hopkins and previously at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has led to advancements in the field of cognitive neuroscience and has contributed to understanding the neurobiology of the aging brain. Her recent work has shown that overactivity in key brain circuits contributes to cognitive impairment in individuals with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (aMCI) who are at increased risk for Alzheimer's dementia. Read more…
Congratulations to 2nd year graduate student Ela Warnecke, recipient of the 1st Place Best Student Paper Award in Animal Bioacoustics at the Fall 2014 Indianapolis meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, for her paper “Foraging among acoustic clutter and competition: Vocal behavior of paired big brown bats.”
"Courting a female is more than just motivation," says Beau Alward, Psychological & Brain Sciences PhD student…when it comes to canaries, that is. According to the recent findings by department researchers Dr. Greg Ball & Alward published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, male canaries not only sang more, but better, with broad brain exposure to testosterone. The male canaries exposed to targeted testosterone also sang more, but their songs weren't as appealing to the females. Their paper, "Differential effects of global versus local testosterone on singing behavior and its underlying neural substrate," suggests that "testosterone needs to act in different areas of the brain to regulate the specific components of this complex social phenomenon." Alward adds, "it appears that, like in so many other species, testosterone in the POM can regulate an animal's motivation, in this case, the motivation to sing. There is the quality of the song that is required to successfully attract a mate and then the process of attending to the female, or singing to her, when she is there which requires the coordination of multiple brain regions." These results may have implications for humans, particularly as it relates to the impact of steroid use on sexual behavior. For more on this research, read the full paper or tune in to the podcast!
Congratulations to our graduate and undergraduate annual departmental award recipients!
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