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Eyes that see in the dark: Randolph Blake’s blindfold test

Randolph Blake’s findings on how some people can see in pitch dark intrigues Scientific American, Slate, NPR and more.

Congratulations to Jon Kaas!

https://my.vanderbilt.edu/vvrc/files/2012/12/Jon-Kaas.jpg 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.

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.


Team tracking new options to treat glaucoma

David Calkins, Ph.D., and colleagues are studying new options to treat glaucoma.

‘Bionic eye’ new option for retinitis pigmentosa patients



Congratulations to John Penn!

John Penn
John S. Penn, PhD, FARVO (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine) and David R. Williams, PhD, FARVO (University of Rochester School of Medicine) are the new ARVO vice presidents.
ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world.

Full Story:  http://www.arvo.org/About_ARVO/Press_Room/Smith_begins_term_as_ARVO_president/

May 20, 2013

Congratulations to Alexander Maier!

Alexander Maier (Vanderbilt University)
Alexander Maier
, an assistant professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University, has won a two-year, $50,000 research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation aimed at encouraging promising young scholars.

Full Story:   http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2013/02/alexander-maier-sloan-fellowship/

February 14, 2013


Congratulations to Tonia Rex!

Tonia Rex, Ph.D.
, assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, was recently named one of 10 winners of the National Institutes of Health competition for ideas on the future of vision research.   Congratulations Tonia!!

Full Story http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2013/02/nih-lauds-rexs-ideas-for-future-of-vision-research/

February 14, 2013

Congratulations to David Calkins!

On December 19th, 2012 David Calkins received the Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award.  Many congratulations to David!

December 20, 2012



Congratulations to Isabel Gauthier!

Isabel Gauthier has been elected as a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychologists. This is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in Psychology, with only a handful of Fellows elected every year. This is a richly deserved honor for Isabel. Along with Randolph Blake, Jon Kaas, and Gordon Logan, our department now has 4 members in this Society.

Congrats to Isabel!

December 10, 2012

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.

Fougnie, D., & Marois, R. (2011). What limits working memory capacity? Evidence for modality-specific sources to the simultaneous storage of visual and auditory arrays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37, 1329-1341.

Congratulations to both Daryl and Rene!

December 6, 2012

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

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 found that the brain actually switches into a special mode when pushed to make rapid decisions.

The study was published Nov. 7 in the journal Neuron.

“This is a question that is very basic to our experience as human beings, and something that we encounter on a daily basis,” Heitz, who designed and carried out the study, said. “If we can understand how our brain changes when we are pushed to respond faster, we have gone a long way toward understanding the decision-making process in general.”

Full Story


November 12, 2012

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