Amy Zheng (GS 2nd year) and John Dell’Italia (GS 2nd year) have been awarded — last year and this year, respectively — an NSF Graduate Fellowship.
Evan Lutkenhoff (MontiLab post-doc) just published a paper in NeuroImage Clinical:
Evan demonstrated that the degree of atrophy in specific antero-dorsal areas of thalamus is related to whether patients are doing better or not 6 months post-injury. This finding is very important because it shows that the secondary non-mechanic damage inflicted by TBI is present early on post trauma, giving us a window (and a target) for potential interventions
Our latest study published in PLoS Computational Biology is a featured news item:
Professor Monti was featured as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science [see the story here]
I was invited by a group of researchers at Ben-Gurion University to scan former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has supposedly been in a Vegetative State since 2007, to assess residual brain activity.
The news is reported in several media outlets:
Drs Tzourio-Mazoyer and Laura Zago, very noted researchers in the field of reasoning, engage with my Psychological Science report on the dissociation between algebra and language, offering some potential cautionary points:
Myself, Dr Osherson and Dr Parsons, reply to their feedback explaining why the cautionary points do not actually apply to our paper, and thus do not affect the conclusion that there is a dissociation between the neural basis of the syntax of language and that of algebra:
Does natural language provide a scaffolding upon which our mind built other domains of structure dependent thought, such as algebra, logic and music?
In a recent study published in Psychological Science we compared the neural basis of the syntactic operations of language to those of algebra, and the two appear to be (neurally) dissociated – meaning the neural machinery of language is not involved in reasoning and manipulating the syntactic structure of algebraic expressions. So the neural machinery that allows you to understand that “The girl kissed the boy” describes the same state of affairs as “The boy was kissed by the girl” is not involved in recognizing that “5 – 3 = 2” is the same as “5 = 3 + 2”.
Listen to a recent interview on NPR discussing the latest findings by Professor Jack Gallant (UCB) on “brain decoding” and its potential application in clinical populations.