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Researchers Don't Ask How You Feel, They Use Brain Activity Instead
2013-06-20 14:48:33

[ Watch the Video: Identifying Emotions Using Brain Activity ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Instead of asking someone how they feel, a group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon has found a way to identify a person's emotion based on brain activity, according to a new report in the journal PLoS ONE. Previous efforts to view emotions through brain imaging have been hampered by study participants' reluctance to report emotion or emotional responses that are not...

2013-01-16 22:12:53

Findings also illustrate how individuals can train their brains to handle injuries more efficiently For the first time, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging (CCBI) have used a new combination of neural imaging methods to discover exactly how the human brain adapts to injury. The research, published in Cerebral Cortex, shows that when one brain area loses functionality, a "back-up" team of secondary brain areas immediately activates, replacing not...

2012-07-09 06:28:58

PITTSBURGH, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University's Marcel Just -- a leading neuroscientist who focuses on how language comprehension and problem-solving emerges from brain processes -- has been selected to receive the Society for Text and Discourse Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO ) The society's most prestigious award is given to honor scholars who make outstanding scientific contributions to the...

2012-03-06 10:13:00

PITTSBURGH, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from Carnegie Mellon University's Marcel Just provides an explanation for some of autism's mysteries -- from social and communication disorders to restricted interests -- and gives scientists clear targets for developing intervention and treatment therapies. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO ) Autism has long been a scientific enigma, mainly due to its diverse and seemingly unrelated symptoms until now....

2011-12-13 15:04:00

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text message devices while driving. Carnegie Mellon University's Marcel Just, a leading neuroscientist who has studied how using cell phones impairs driving ability, applauds NTSB's proposal. "Banning the use of cell phones by drivers in non-emergency situations could be another dramatic step forward in further...

2011-08-31 14:52:41

In an effort to understand what happens in the brain when a person reads or considers such abstract ideas as love or justice, Princeton researchers have for the first time matched images of brain activity with categories of words related to the concepts a person is thinking about. The results could lead to a better understanding of how people consider meaning and context when reading or thinking. The researchers report in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience that they used...

2011-08-01 16:48:05

Impaired communication between brain areas further supports neuroscientist Marcel Just's theory that frontal-posterior underconnectivity causes autism and disrupts concept of 'self' Autism is a mysterious developmental disease because it often leaves complex abilities intact while impairing seemingly elementary ones. For example, it is well documented that autistic children often have difficulty correctly using pronouns, sometimes referring to themselves as "you" instead of "I." A new brain...

2011-01-18 10:00:00

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Event: The enigmatic human brain, central to our development, health and lives, is becoming less of a mystery. World-renowned Carnegie Mellon University scientists are making important discoveries that will help researchers to decipher and improve learning, perception and thinking; deal with aging or injured brains; and treat and understand disorders such as autism, dyslexia and Alzheimer's. Carnegie Mellon scientists also are using this...

2010-01-13 08:00:00

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Two hundred years ago, archaeologists used the Rosetta Stone to understand the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Now, a team of Carnegie Mellon University scientists has discovered the beginnings of a neural Rosetta Stone. By combining brain imaging and machine learning techniques, neuroscientists Marcel Just and Vladimir Cherkassky and computer scientists Tom Mitchell and Sandesh Aryal determined how the brain arranges noun representations. Understanding...

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2010-01-14 08:55:00

Two hundred years ago, archaeologists used the Rosetta Stone to understand the ancient Egyptian scrolls. Now, a team of Carnegie Mellon University scientists has discovered the beginnings of a neural Rosetta Stone. By combining brain imaging and machine learning techniques, neuroscientists Marcel Just and Vladimir Cherkassky and computer scientists Tom Mitchell and Sandesh Aryal determined how the brain arranges noun representations. Understanding how the brain codes nouns is important for...