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Surviving a Stroke Propels Career in Brain Research

July 26, 2017

Frank Garcea

On a warm day in July 2005, Frank Garcea’s soccer playing days came to an abrupt end when he suffered what could have been a deadly stroke during a practice with his teammates. Instead, the events of that day and his subsequent treatment – which serve as the basis for a review published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) – set him on a career path that would ultimately lead to a Ph.D. studying how the brain recovers from injury.


Now More Than Ever, Employees Want To Know: Is There A Second Marshmallow?

June 7, 2017


From Few psychological studies are as famous as the Stanford marshmallow experiment. In a series of observations begun in the late 1960s and early 1970s, psychologist and Stanford professor Walter Mischel offered children a single marshmallow on the spot or two marshmallows if they waited 15 minutes without eating the one in front of them.


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.


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.