Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

Nsf Renews Grant For Scientists Who Study How the Brain Acquires Visual Expertise

View as: Print Mobile App Share:
Isabel Gauthier and Thomas Palmeri

PEN coordinators Isabel Gauthier and Thomas Palmeri

Credit: Daniel Dubois / Vanderbilt University

Researchers studying how the brain acquires visual expertise will receive an additional $4 million in funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

The money is part of a five-year grant totaling $18 million awarded to the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC) to conduct further research into the role of time and timing in learning. TDLC is one of six Science of Learning Centers established by NSF, and Vanderbilt University coordinates the Perceptual Expertise Network (PEN), one of four core networks in the TDLC, which is headquartered at the University of California, San Diego.

The PEN team, which consists of psychologists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists, is working to determine whether PEN's basic research training methods can be used to treat certain mental disorders.

PEN also is studying how the brain recognizes objects that is sees, identifying the neural processes that lead to superior memory performance, and manipulating experience to understand the factors that affect learning. "Our team is working together to unravel the mysteries of learning through cooperative, interdisciplinary science," says TDLC director Gary Cottrell.

From Vanderbilt University
View Full Article

Abstracts Copyright © 2011 Information Inc. External Link, Bethesda, Maryland, USA 



No entries found

Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account