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2009-07-16 13:15:45

Training increases brain processing speed and improves our ability to multitask, new research from Vanderbilt University published in the June 15 issue of Neuron indicates. "We found that a key limitation to efficient multitasking is the speed with which our prefrontal cortex processes information, and that this speed can be drastically increased through training and practice," Paul E. Dux, a former research fellow at Vanderbilt, and now a faculty member at the University of Queensland in...

2009-07-15 15:10:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a global leader in education technology, today announced that it has partnered with Vanderbilt University Library to make their integration for Apple's iTunes( )U application available to the Blackboard client community, providing a popular tool to other institutions looking to support the use of multimedia content in courses. Vanderbilt has created free, open source access to its recently upgraded iTunes U...

2009-07-15 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a global leader in education technology, today announced that it has partnered with Vanderbilt University Library to make their integration for Apple's iTunes( )U application available to the Blackboard client community, providing a popular tool to other institutions looking to support the use of multimedia content in courses. Vanderbilt has created free, open source access to its recently upgraded iTunes U...

2009-07-01 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- News Facts As part of today's Oracle(R) Fusion Middleware 11g launch, Oracle today announced that the world's leading partners, and customers from nearly every industry, continue to embrace Oracle Fusion Middleware. Customers including Alibris Inc., Arcturus Realty Corporation, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Collect America, Embarq Management Company, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Emerson Electric, InterCall Inc., Irish Life,...

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2009-06-23 11:45:00

New research from Vanderbilt University indicates the way our brain handles how we move through space"”including being able to imagine literally stepping into someone else's shoes"”may be related to how and why we experience empathy toward others.The research was recently published in the online scientific journal PLoS ONE. The full article is available at: http://tinyurl.com/lw6qmv.Empathy involves, in part, the ability to simulate the internal states of others. The authors...

2009-06-19 13:01:36

Neural "noise" may cause you to miss important changes in your environment when you are concentrating on something else, new research indicates. The research by Sam Ling, a postdoctoral researcher in Vanderbilt University's Psychology Department, and Randolph Blake, Centennial Professor of Psychology, is currently in press at Psychological Science. "We found that when the brain actively ignores the presence of an object in the environment, it does so in a way that weakens and degrades...

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2009-06-19 06:30:00

Forget the old folk tales about snakes hypnotizing their prey. The tentacled snake from South East Asia has developed a more effective technique. The small water snake has found a way to startle its prey so that the fish turn toward the snake's head to flee instead of turning away. In addition, the fish's reaction is so predictable that the snake actually aims its strike at the position where the fish's head will be instead of tracking its actual movement. "I haven't been able to find reports...

2009-06-16 15:47:04

Our tendency to see people and faces as individuals may explain why we are such experts at recognizing them, new research indicates. This approach can be learned and applied to other objects as well."This new research adds to the evidence that the brain processes faces differently because of our expertise with them. It also tells us what it is about our experience with faces that leads us to treat them holistically," Isabel Gauthier, associate professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University...

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2009-06-16 07:45:00

When Jason Martin gives a talk about his research, he begins with the dramatic story of Mariana Bridi da Costa: The young Brazilian supermodel died from severe sepsis in January after amputation of both her hands and feet failed to stop its spread.Martin, who is a fellow in allergy, pulmonary and critical care medicine, is part of an interdisciplinary team at Vanderbilt University that has come up with a high-tech approach to combat this deadly illness, which is one of the top 10 causes of...

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2009-05-09 07:15:37

New dark energy model includes cosmological phase transition Imagine a time when the entire universe froze. According to a new model for dark energy, that is essentially what happened about 11.5 billion years ago, when the universe was a quarter of the size it is today. The model, published online May 6 in the journal Physical Review D, was developed by Research Associate Sourish Dutta and Professor of Physics Robert Scherrer at Vanderbilt University, working with Professor of Physics Stephen...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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