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December 21, 2016

Stan Klein’s paper The Temporal Orientation of Memory: It's Time for a Change of Direction (2013) recently was recognized by the Journal of Applied Memory and Cognition (impact factor = 2.06) as one of the top 5 most cited papers in the journal’s history.

The paper argues that psychological research, philosophical analysis and common wisdom share the view that memory is subjectively positioned toward the past: That is, memory enables one to become re-acquainted with objects and events that transpired in one’s life.

October 12, 2016

PBS Professor Mary Hegarty, SAGE Fellow Margaret Tarampi and PBS honors student Nahal Heydari show that framing spatial tasks as social eliminates gender differences.

Media coverage of the study includes articles in Huffington Post and Education Weekly.

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September 28, 2016

Many women report forgetfulness and changes in memory as they transition to menopause. But studies that target participants who are 65 and older do not account for cognitive changes that may take place decades earlier in a woman’s life.

By studying women ages 45 to 55, investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have found that reproductive stage, not simply chronological age, may contribute to changes in memory and brain function. Their findings will be published Wednesday in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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August 17, 2016

Brain scans of musician Sting give Professor Scott Grafton insight into how the rocker forges musical connections in his mind.

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July 12, 2016

When children learn how to tie their shoelaces, they do so in discrete steps — making a loop or tugging at the lace. Through repetition, these individual motions merge into elemental actions called “chunks” that remain so organized even after extensive practice.

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July 11, 2016

Dr. Emily Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been invited by the National Academy of Sciences to the 28th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. The gathering, which convenes in November, is considered the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists.

June 10, 2016

Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor Mike Miller is shown below completing exercises with the Defense Science Study Group. Professor Miller was appointed to the group to share his expertise in cognitive neuroscience which has been increasingly recognized by the defense community as able to provide insight into the human challenges faced by intelligence services.

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February 29, 2016

Arriving home from work to find your partner toiling away in the kitchen, odds are you’ll jump in and help. That’s human nature. But if you’re flat out ordered to help? That’s a different story.

Remove the perception of choice and you’re in fact more likely to recoil from cooperation and go a different direction altogether. Maybe you suddenly have other plans for dinner.

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Michael Goard
February 16, 2016

Emily Goard Jacobs and Michael Jacobs Goard are alumni from the Neuroscience PhD Program entering class of 2004. Jacobs completed her thesis in the lab of Mark D’Esposito on the effects of estrogen on dopamine-dependent cognitive processes. Goard completed his thesis in Yang Dan’s lab on cholinergic neuromodulation of visual perception.

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