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Institute of the Neurosciences

Institute of the Neurosciences

Facilitating collaboration and networking between scientists and students in the areas of neuroscience at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and the University Park campus

The Institute also provides oversight and coordination for neuroscience-related activities in education, research, patient care and outreach, while promoting an intellectual environment that enhances the interdisciplinary neuroscience educational experience from the undergraduate to postdoctoral levels.

Recent publications
New motor lateralization model verified through virtual reality experiments could revolutionize post-stroke rehabilitation A new model of brain lateralization for movement, proposed by Huck Institutes affiliate Robert Sainburg and confirmed through novel virtual reality and brain lesion experiments, could dramatically improve the future of rehabilitation for stroke patients.
Discovery of subdivisions in rat motor cortex has potential to advance human brain studies A recent find by Huck Institutes researchers Jared Smith and Kevin Alloway at the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering shows that rats' brains are more like ours than scientists previously thought.
Researchers use fMRI and state-of-the-art brain mapping techniques to study alcohol's effects on first-year students The team, which includes several scientists affiliated with the Huck Institutes, recently completed a first-of-its-kind longitudinal pilot study aimed at better understanding how the neural processes that underlie responses to alcohol-related cues change across students' first year of college.
News
Penn State researchers including Suzy Scherf are leveraging their collective expertise to design a computer game that could help adolescents with autism improve their social skills. Computer game could help adolescents with autism improve their social skills - Full article
How people perceive and taste alcohol depends on genetic factors, and that influences whether they "like" and consume alcoholic beverages, according to researchers -- including John Hayes -- in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Research shows alcohol consumption influenced by genes - Full article
Neuroscience co-chair Ping Li, along with Huck graduate student and co-author Jennifer Legault, has published a new study that provides a framework for understanding anatomical and other changes in the brain that result from learning a new (second) language; the findings indicate that learning a second language provides a powerful platform for positive brain changes in children, adults, and the elderly. Learning a second language changes brain anatomy - Full article
Events
Nov 5, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Peter Gianaros (University of Pittsburgh)
How does the brain break our hearts?
Dec 3, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Carlos Lois (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
Title to be announced