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2010-10-28 14:25:04

Expert typists are able to zoom across the keyboard without ever thinking about which fingers are pressing the keys. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals that this skill is managed by an autopilot, one that is able to catch errors that can fool our conscious brain. The research was published in the Oct. 29 issue of Science. "We all know we do some things on autopilot, from walking to doing familiar tasks like making coffee and, in this study, typing. What we don't know as...

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2010-10-08 05:55:00

Disease experts have found encouragement from a survey released Thursday that found that almost all US doctors said they plan to get vaccinated against the flu this season. Dr William Schaffner, of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, was hopeful that other health care professionals would follow the same direction. "To all nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and others -- please, get vaccinated and...

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2010-10-05 12:06:26

Chemists at Vanderbilt University have created a new class of liquid crystals with unique electrical properties that could improve the performance of digital displays used on everything from digital watches to flat panel televisions. The achievement, which is the result of more than five years of effort, is described by Professor of Chemistry Piotr Kaszynski and graduate student Bryan Ringstrand in a pair of articles published online on Sept. 24 and Sept. 28 in the Journal of Materials...

2010-05-10 10:49:54

Children with dyslexia often struggle with reading, writing, and spelling, despite getting an appropriate education and demonstrating intellectual ability in other areas. New neurological research has found that these children's difficulties with written language may be linked to structural differences within an important information highway in the brain known to play a role in oral language. The findings are published in the June 2010 issue of Elsevier's Cortex. Vanderbilt University...

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2010-03-15 07:56:04

The brains of psychopaths appear to be wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. The research uncovers the role of the brain's reward system in psychopathy and opens a new area of study for understanding what drives these individuals. "This study underscores the importance of neurological research as it relates to behavior," Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said. "The findings may help us find new ways to...

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2010-03-11 12:24:54

Reading this story requires you to willfully pay attention to the sentences and to tune out nearby conversations, the radio and other distractions. But if a fire alarm sounded, your attention would be involuntarily snatched away from the story to the blaring sound. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals for the first time how our brains coordinate these two types of attention and why we may be temporarily blinded by surprises. The research was published March 7, 2010, in Nature...

2010-01-20 14:23:16

Inserting gene sequences in cultured cell lines is a main component of biomedical research, but inserting large sequences or multiple genes at the same time has been difficult. Now, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., have harnessed a plasmid-based "jumping gene" system called piggyBac transposon to accomplish this in a stable fashion, opening doors for new drug therapies for a variety of diseases,...

2009-10-20 15:39:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, long known for its "hands-off" regulatory policy, appears to be changing course toward greater intervention in markets. New research by professors at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management finds when it comes to index investors, more intervention is a mistake. Hans Stoll, the Anne Marie and Thomas Walker Jr. Professor of Finance and co-director of the Financial Markets Research Center at...

2009-10-06 07:50:42

A collaboration between scientists at Vanderbilt University and the University of California, San Francisco has led to the first direct information about the molecular structure of prions. In addition, the study has revealed surprisingly large structural differences between natural prions and the closest synthetic analogs that scientists have created in the lab. Prions are the infectious proteins responsible for human Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow"...

2009-09-09 20:00:00

[Vanderbilt has a 24/7 video and audio studio with fiber optic and radio ISDN line] NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Vanderbilt: William Turner, Former Obama health care advisor, Professor of Education and Human Development Turner, an expert on mental health policy and family therapy, served from 2007-2008 in the office of presidential candidate Barack Obama as a Robert Wood Johnson Senior Health Policy Fellow. Turner can discuss both...


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