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Congratulations to Dr. Braden Purcell!

Dr. Purcell is one of four winners of the 2013-2014 James McKeen Cattell Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Psychology.  The award, in its 43rd year, drew a distinguished pool of candidates. Dr. Purcell’s dissertation is titled Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Decision Making and he was mentored by Dr.Thomas J. Palmeri and Dr.Jeffrey D. Schall.

Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Awards, News


Congratulations to Jon Kaas!

Jon Kaas is the winner of the 2014 George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience awarded by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.  The prize is awarded annually to a neuroscientist who has conducted cutting-edge research that has revolutionized the field.

Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Awards, News

2013 Fine Science Tool Travel Award

Congratulations to Brandon Moore, Keji Li, and Pooja Balaram for being selected to receive the 2013 Fine Science Tool Travel Award. This award provides funds towards the cost of attending the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, CA.

Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Awards, News, Student Relations

Congratulations to Daryl Fougnie and René Marois!

Division 3 of APA recently announced young investigator awards given for outstanding articles by young investigators in the Journal of Experimental Psychology (JEP) journals. Daryl Fougnie, former graduate student in René Marois’s lab, was one of the two winners of the award for JEP: Learning, Memory, and Cognition for an article he published with Rene….

Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Awards, News, Publication

Congratulations to Isabel Gauthier and Steven Hollon!

They won significant awards at the December College Faculty Meeting on December 4, 2012. Isabel Gauthier won the Graduate Mentoring Award and Steve Hollon won the Graduate Teaching Award. Congratulations to Isabel and Steve on these well deserved honors! December 5, 2012

Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Awards, News

Jeff Schall & Richard Heitz

Brain study provides new insight into why haste makes waste

Why do our brains make more mistakes when we act quickly? A new study demonstrates how the brain follows Ben Franklin’s famous dictum, “Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.” The research – conducted by Research Assistant Professor Richard Heitz and Jeffrey Schall, Ingram Professor of Neuroscience, at Vanderbilt University – has…

Posted by on November 12, 2012 in News

Brain Matters

VU Neuroscience Graduate Program recognized as best in the nation for 2012

Vanderbilt University’s Neuroscience Graduate Program has been named the 2012 “Program of the Year” by the Society for Neuroscience. The award was presented Sunday, Oct. 14, during the society’s annual meeting in New Orleans. With more than 42,000 members, the society is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to advancing understanding of…

Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Awards, News

Grants help propel glaucoma, macular degeneration research

Three Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty members have been awarded grants from the American Health Assistance Foundation to support their research on glaucoma and macular degeneration — the two leading causes of irreversible blindness in the world. Vanderbilt Eye Institute researchers received three of the 21 grants given by the organization tasked with funding breakthrough…

Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Awards, News

Isabel Gauthier, left, and Rankin McGugin

Auto experts recognize cars like most people recognize faces

When people – and monkeys – look at faces, a special part of their brain that is about the size of a blueberry “lights up.” Now, the most detailed brain-mapping study of the area yet conducted has confirmed that it isn’t limited to processing faces, as some experts have maintained, but instead serves as a…

Posted by on October 2, 2012 in News

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Sex matters: Guys recognize cars and women recognize birds best

Women are better than men at recognizing living things and men are better than women at recognizing vehicles. That is the unanticipated result of an analysis Vanderbilt psychologists performed on data from a series of visual recognition tasks collected in the process of developing a new standard test for expertise in object recognition. “These results…

Posted by on October 1, 2012 in News

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