Study offers new insight into brain architecture and function

Posted 1 month 1 day ago

Great collaboration from computer science and engineering faculty:

The researchers in UGA’s College of Engineering and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences’ department of computer science say their study is the first to identify specific areas they call “three hinges.” They believe these junctions of three ridges along the brain’s surface play an important role in how the brain forms as well as how it works.

“The traditional way of describing brain structure assumes the creases and folds of the cortex perform similar functions,” said Xianqiao Wang, an assistant professor...

The Culture of Learning

Posted 7 months 12 hours ago
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A provocative new study from psychology researchers published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that practicing with others shapes not only what monkeys learn, but also how they learn:

Culture extends biology in that the setting of development shapes the traditions that individuals learn, and over time, traditions evolve as occasional variations are learned by others. In humans, interactions with others impact the development of cognitive processes, such as sustained attention, that shape how individuals learn as well as what they learn. Thus...

Noted and Quoted, November 2016

Posted 1 year 2 months ago
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Research, opinion and more put Franklin College faculty and students in print and pixels around the world in November. A sample of the great work by our colleagues:

Chimps and bonobos had flings—and swapped genes—in the past (Distinguished Research Professor of Genetics Michael Arnold) – Science Magazine

When does skepticism become bias in science? Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor Marshall Shepherd in his regular column in Forbes

Do Facts Matter Anymore? Communications Studies professor Edward Panetta quoted extensively in an AJC column...

Advancing Neuroscience

Posted 1 year 6 months ago
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Brain Trust - Unlocking the mysteries of the mind - in the current Research magazine provides an expansive take on the breadth of neuroscience research at UGA:

If the history of science has taught us anything, it is that transformational discoveries—influential findings that result in society-wide applications—are built upon a foundation of basic research. That’s a lesson well learned by neuroscientists at UGA, who recognize that we cannot understand something as complex as the brain without first identifying and characterizing its fundamental components.

“A great deal of the...

Focus on the faculty: Jennifer McDowell

Posted 1 year 11 months ago

The mysteries of the brain shape the contours of psychology professor Jennifer McDowell's research and teaching:

What are your favorite courses and why?

“Biologic Foundations of Behavior”— most graduate students in clinical or counseling fields have to take it, end up taking it with me, and a subset of students   always dread it. When I was new, I felt sorry that they were forced to take the class.  I have evolved.  Now I start by explaining how important this class is, and that it should be required for every student. Sometimes brains work well and sometimes brains do not...