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UT System Regents approve UT Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Institute

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The University of Texas System Regents today approved the creation of a virtual institute to help UT neuroscientists compete for federal and private grants and dramatically advance research of the human brain. Regents voted unanimously to appropriate $20 million over two years to establish the UT System Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Institute. In the first year, […]

Preston lab publishes in inaugural Current Opinions of Behavioral Sciences

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The Preston lab has published a review entitled “Memory integration: neuronal mechanisms and implications for behavior” in the inaugural issue of the new review journal Current Opinions in Behavioral Sciences.  This journal will showcase all aspects of behavioral science and will address the wide range of multidisciplinary approaches that are used to investigate questions in this […]

Harris lab publishes in J Comparative Neurology and J Neurophysiology

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The Harris lab recently published research articles the Journal of Comparative Neurology and the Journal of Neurophysiology. The Journal of Comparative Neurology paper is entitled “Dynamics of Nascent and Active Zone Ultrastructure as Synapses Enlarge During Long-Term Potentiation in Mature Hippocampus”. This work investigates the dynamics of nascent and active zones at dendritic spine synapses. […]

Dr. Lewis-Peacock publishes papers in PNAS and Cerebral Cortex

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Dr. Jarrod Lewis-Peacock recently published articles in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and in Cerebral Cortex. The paper appearing in PNAS is entitled “Pruning of memories by context-based prediction error”.  This work reveals the discovery of an active mechanism for forgetting that weakens memories selectively. Specifically, the work shows that the brain automatically generates […]

Dr. Laura Colgin receives Teaching Excellence Award

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Dr. Laura Colgin was honored with a 2014 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award in Neuroscience.  This award recognizes excellent teaching performance by outstanding faculty who have had a positive influence on the educational experience of our students.  It is awarded by the Dean to increase awareness of excellent teachers and to promote quality teaching in […]

Dr. Laura Colgin receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

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Dr. Laura Colgin received a Young Investigator Program Award from the Office of Naval Research.  This program is one of the oldest and most selective research advancement awards in the country.   Its purpose is to fund early-career academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show exceptional promise for supporting the Department of Defense, while also promoting their […]

Fiete lab publishes in Neuron

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Dr. Ila Fiete and her graduate student, John Widloski, recently had a research paper accepted into Neuron entitled “A model of grid cell development based on spatial exploration and spike time-dependent plasticity”.  This work presents a biologically plausible model for the formation of grid cell networks.

Colgin lab publishes in Neuron

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The Colgin lab recently published a paper in the journal Neuron entitled “Neurons in the Brain Tune into Different Frequencies for Different Spatial Memory Tasks”.  This research suggests that your brain transmits information about your current location and memories of past locations over the same neural pathways using different frequencies of a rhythmic electrical activity […]

Poldrack lab publishes in Nature

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The Poldrack lab recently published a research article in Nature entitled “Changing value through cued approach: an automatic mechanism of behavior change”.  This work suggests that people’s preferences can be changed without directly manipulating the items they are choosing between (meaning without the addition of any new incentives, extra information, or increased familiarity for the newly preferred […]