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Piantadosi named ‘rising star’ by Association for Psychological Science

March 16, 2017

Steven Piantadosi

The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) recently named Steven Piantadosi, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, to its list of distinguished Rising Stars for his contributions to the field of psychology. Piantadosi’s research focuses on how people learn language and concepts.

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What humans and primates both know when it comes to numbers

January 16, 2017

Baboon Research

For the past several years, Jessica Cantlon has been working to understand how humans develop the concept of numbers, from simple counting to complex mathematical reasoning. Early in her career at the University of Rochester, the assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences began studying primates in her search for the origins of numeric understanding.

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Brain training video games help low-vision kids see better

November 28, 2016

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Studies going back several years have shown that playing action video games (AVG) can help improve visual acuity.

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The Evolutionary Reason Human Babies Are Born Helpless

October 19, 2016

Sleeping Baby

From Fatherly: How did we, as a species, ever survive? University of Rochester professors Celeste Kidd and Steve Piantadosi who just published a new theory in the Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences about why babies aren’t born to run.

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Jessica Cantlon makes the list of Science News 10 Scientists to Watch

September 21, 2016

Jessica Cantlon

From Science News: For the second year in a row, Science News is highlighting 10 early- and mid-career scientists on their way to widespread acclaim.

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This is your brain on sentences

August 12, 2016

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What does the meaning of a word look like? Researchers have, for the first time, decoded and predicted the brain activity patterns of word meanings within sentences, and successfully predicted what the brain patterns would be for new sentences.

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What’s at stake when languages are lost?

June 22, 2016

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Linguists estimate that by the end of this century, half of the 7,000 languages currently in use around the world will have vanished. Rochester scholars join the race to document the world’s linguistic diversity before it’s too late.

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Brain tune-up from action video game play

June 14, 2016

Video Game Controller

Over the past 15 years numerous studies have found that playing action video games such as “Call of Duty” helps cognitive functioning.

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Did human-like intelligence evolve to care for helpless babies?

May 23, 2016

Sleeping Baby

A new study suggests that human intelligence may have evolved in response to the demands of caring for infants.

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