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Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition News

Center for Brain Behavior and Cognition News

Researchers promote STEM education through online learning and 3-D models

Funded by the Social Science Research Institute, the Brain3M project aims to enhance middle school science education through virtual and 3-D printed brain models. (The “3M” stands for mobile devices, magnetic resonance imaging and 3-D models.)

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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old

Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to Penn State researchers.

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PlantVillage solves crop problems by democratizing science-based knowledge

David Hughes understands, maybe better than most, the devastating effects a plant disease can have on crops and the people who rely on them for food and income.

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Computer game could help adolescents with autism improve their social skills

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.

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Huck Institutes seek new Associate Directors for positions in science leadership

The Huck Institutes wish to appoint a series of new Associate Directors to work with the management team and help in developing new initiatives.

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Researchers propose new cause of major depressive disorder

GABAergic deficits appear to play a central and causal role in Major Depressive Disorder, a neuropsychiatric disorder affecting approximately 17% of the population worldwide, according to researchers from the Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders.

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Genetically defective mice shed new light on treating depression

Researchers led by Dr. Bernhard Luscher have characterized a new mouse model of depression that points to a new cause of Major Depressive Disorder in humans. The mice suffer from a genetic deficiency in GABA-A-receptors, and they exhibit hormonal and pharmacological properties indicative of a form of depression known as Melancholic Depression.

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Congratulations to the Neuroscience Pilot Project Recipients

11 projects from the 36 submissions were chosen to be funded in the amount of $559,631.

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