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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...

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2009-12-10 08:30:00

Study shows reading remediation improves children's reading skills and positively alters brain tissue Carnegie Mellon University scientists Timothy Keller and Marcel Just have uncovered the first evidence that intensive instruction to improve reading skills in young children causes the brain to physically rewire itself, creating new white matter that improves communication within the brain. As the researchers report today in the journal Neuron, brain imaging of children between the ages of 8...

2009-12-09 11:49:00

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University scientists Timothy Keller and Marcel Just have uncovered the first evidence that intensive instruction to improve reading skills in young children causes the brain to physically rewire itself, creating new white matter that improves communication within the brain. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO ) As the researchers report today in the journal Neuron, brain imaging of children between the ages of 8...

2009-01-04 16:23:16

A computer program developed at a Pittsburgh university can offer limited insights into one's thoughts by analyzing brain activation patterns, researchers say. Carnegie Mellon University computer science Professor Tom Mitchell , who is working on the computer algorithm project, said by analyzing an individual's brain activity, the program can make very accurate guesses at which word of a selected pair a person is thinking about, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday. It can hit...

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2008-06-02 10:10:00

Research team's work with brain scans and computational modeling an important breakthrough in understanding the brain and developing new computational toolsFor centuries, the concept of mind readers was strictly the domain of folklore and science fiction. But according to new research published today in the journal Science, scientists are closer to knowing how specific thoughts activate our brains. The findings demonstrate the power of computational modeling to improve our understanding of...

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2008-03-05 15:05:00

Brain imaging reveals drivers are distracted even if they don't talk PITTSBURGH "” Carnegie Mellon University scientists have shown that just listening to a cell phone while driving is a significant distraction, and it causes drivers to commit some of the same types of driving errors that can occur under the influence of alcohol. The use of cell phones, including dialing and texting, has long been a safety concern for drivers. But the Carnegie Mellon study, for the first time, used...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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