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Neuroscience news

Penn State researchers including Suzy Scherf are leveraging their collective expertise to design a computer game that could help adolescents with autism improve their social skills.
How people perceive and taste alcohol depends on genetic factors, and that influences whether they "like" and consume alcoholic beverages, according to researchers -- including John Hayes -- in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
On BBC's Newsnight, Victoria Braithwaite discusses science, business, and ethics in commercial fish harvesting.
Huck Institutes affiliate Nancy Dennis finds that changes in brain activity compensate for some types of normal decline in our ability to remember.
Neuroscience research by Huck Institutes affiliate Ping Li is featured in an article entitled "The Bilingual Brain."
Gong Chen, a professor of biology at Penn State, has been appointed as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences effective July 1, 2013 in recognition of his national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
The Huck Institutes are pleased to announce a new fund to provide research support for students in our graduate programs.
In the largest project of its kind, Databrary an open-source, web-based video-data-sharing library sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health is being created by an interdisciplinary team of scientists that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Rick Gilmore.
A research team led by Huck Institutes affiliate Gong Chen has developed a new method for obtaining mature neurons from reprogrammed skin cells, allowing difficult-to-study diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and autism to be probed more safely and effectively.
Huck Institutes affiliate Frank Ritter and his Caffeine Zone app feature in the current issue of Oprah's "O" Magazine.
Semyon Slobounov, an affiliate of the Huck Institutes' Neuroscience graduate program, is directing the new Center for Sport Concussion Research and Service at Penn State.
Ping Li " co-chair of the Huck Institutes' Neuroscience graduate program and co-director of the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition " is part of a collaboration between Penn State and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) to establish the Advanced Center for the Study of the Learning Sciences.
Models of the human brain, patterned on engineering control theory, may some day help researchers control such neurological diseases as epilepsy, Parkinson's, and migraines, according to Steven Schiff, who is using mathematical models of neuron networks from which more complex brain models emerge.
Peter Hudson, Scott Selleck, David Hughes, Melissa Rolls, Paula Droege, Tracy Langkilde, Phil Bevilacqua, Stephen Schaeffer, and Robert Paulson talk about research that's driving scientific discovery at Penn State.
The American Heart Association and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation have each awarded Dr. Mao with a grant intended to provide support for promising beginning scientists.
Yanxi Liu and Rick Gilmore will collaborate with Stanford's Anthony Norcia to bridge the gap between how humans and computers perceive and process visual patterns.
Researchers at Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, including Huck Institutes faculty member Frank Ritter, are using cognitive architecture " a theory of human cognition implemented as a computer simulation program " to understand how cognitive processes interact with biological systems and influence social behavior.
Semyon Slobounov aims to find out whether children suffering from concussions recover faster and have a better prognosis than young adults.
A team of bioengineers and biochemists including Tony Jun Huang and Steven Benkovic has created a dime-sized device that uses ultrasound to manipulate cells and small organisms.
Tony Jun Huang and his colleagues, including Wafik El-Deiry, have developed a faster, cheaper and portable alternative to the current flow cytometry technology used to diagnose HIV and leukemia.