Accepting Applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Brain Plasticity Beginning Fall of 2017

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Barbey and Posner co-edit Special Issue on “The Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Intelligence”

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Recent innovations in the psychological and brain sciences have advanced our understanding of  human intelligence. Rather than engaging a single brain structure or operating at a fixed level of performance throughout adulthood, emerging evidence indicates that intelligence is mediated by a distributed neural system whose functions can be significantly enhanced by specific types of intervention. Early discoveries in the neurosciences revealed that experience can modify brain structure long after brain development is complete, but we are only now beginning to establish methods to enhance the function of specific brain systems and to optimize core facets of intellectual ability.

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Study links nutrition to brain health and cognitive aging

Aron Barbey - professor of psychology; Marta Zamroziewicz, graduate student; and Chris Zwilling, postdoc

Aron Barbey – professor of psychology; Marta Zamroziewicz, graduate student; and Chris Zwilling, postdoc

A new study of older adults finds an association between higher blood levels of phosphatidylcholine, a source of the dietary nutrient choline, and greater cognitive flexibility, the ability to regulate attention to manage competing tasks. The study also identified a brain structure within the prefrontal cortex, a region at the front of the brain, that appears to play a role in this association.

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Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity

Barbey to lead new initiative at the Beckman Institute on “Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity”

Rather than engaging a single brain structure or operating at a fixed level of performance throughout adulthood, emerging evidence indicates that intelligence is mediated by a distributed neural system whose functions can be significantly enhanced by specific types of intervention.

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Superfluidity: Fluid Intelligence Goes Beyond Brain Size

The Decision Neuroscience Lab is featured in Psychology Today.

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Erick Paul and Ryan Larsen

Study finds brain markers of numeric, verbal and spatial reasoning abilities

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from left: Erick Paul, postdoctoral research associate, cognitive neuroscience; and Ryan Larsen, research scientist

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Decision Neuroscience Laboratory receives multidisciplinary grant

DNL receives multidisciplinary grant

Decision Neuroscience Laboratory received a multidisciplinary grant, entitled “Microstructural Biomarkers of Neurodegeneration in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Decision Neuroscience Laboratory receives multidisciplinary grant