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VSS 2012 Program Cover Image

Congratulations to Asieh Zadbood, student in Randolph Blakes lab, for designing the cover image for the 2012 VSS Program! Full image can be seen here

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in News, Student Relations


Dopamine impacts your willingness to work

Slacker or go-getter? Everyone knows that people vary substantially in how hard they are willing to work, but the origin of these individual differences in the brain remains a mystery. Now the veil has been pushed back by a new brain imaging study that has found an individual’s willingness to work hard to earn money…

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in News


Crime and punishment: the neurobiological roots of modern justice

The willingness of people to punish others who lie, cheat, steal or violate other social norms even when they weren’t harmed and don’t stand to benefit personally, is a distinctly human behavior. There is scant evidence that other animals, even other primates, behave in this “I punish you because you harmed him” fashion. Although this…

Posted by on April 18, 2012 in News


2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Winners & Honorable Mentions

The Psychological Sciences Program had tremendous success in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program this year. Congrats to Michele Cox (Maier Lab), Ayzit Doydum (McCandliss Lab), Emily Fyfe (Rittle-Johnson Lab) and Sonia Poltoratski (Tong Lab), all of whom have been awarded an NSF research fellowship. Congratulations are also in order for Robert Reinhart (Woodman lab),…

Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Awards, News, Student Relations

Geoff Woodman

Congratulations Geoff Woodman!

Geoff Woodman is the winner of the 2012 Vision Sciences Society (VSS) Young Investigator Award. Geoff is the second member of our faculty to win this prestigious award. Geoff will give a 40 min talk on Sunday night, May 13 2012 and write a substantive and original review article to appear in Vision Research. Full…

Posted by on March 30, 2012 in News



Do you know about VandyInteraxon?  Please pass this along to your students in your labs! VandyInteraxon is a brand new service organization at Vanderbilt University. Brought from the University of Califormia-Los Angeles and begun in Fall 2011, we have come together to visit Nashville-area schools once a month in order to expose students to the…

Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Student Relations


Congratulations to Paul Dux, winner of the 2012 Randolph Blake Early Career Award!

Paul was a post-doctoral fellow in the Dept of Psychology working with René Marois from 2005 to 2008. Paul received his Ph.D. from Macquarie University (Australia) in 2005. After being at Vanderbilt for 3 years, he accepted a position in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where he is…

Posted by on February 21, 2012 in News


Congrats to Jeremiah Cohen

Congratulations to recent graduate Jeremiah Cohen for a paper published in Nature this month. The article, Neuron-type-specific signals for reward and punishment in the ventral tegmental area can be found here. There is also an interesting blog post titled Light Dissection of Reward regarding this article and can be read here.

Posted by on February 21, 2012 in News

Welcome to CICN and VVRC’s new blog!

This blog is brought to you by the Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience and the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center.  It is your source for all information pertaining to our centers!

Posted by on January 24, 2012 in News

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