Evolving Laboratory Tasks to Resolve Distraction

CNS 2022 Every day, we are constantly bombarded with sights, sounds, and other stimuli that threaten to distract us from specific tasks. Over the last several decades, cognitive neuroscientists have made tremendous progress in understanding the brain processes at work when people exert cognitive control to overcome potential distractions. They have developed a variety of […]

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Turning to Ornithology to Understand the Neural Basis of Expertise

Hans Op de Beeck remembers as a child being intrigued by another student in his class who excelled in all subject areas but struggled with one specific task: mentally rotating drawings in 3-D for a technical drawing class.  “He just could not do it, and hardly passed the tests despite a lot of hard work […]

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It’s the Quality Not Just the Quantity of Words That Counts in Aphasia

Aphasia resulting from stroke and brain injury creates a variety of language deficits, including a reduced ability to engage in conversations. And while researchers have investigated many aspects of this condition, little work has looked at the detailed characteristics of the words that aphasia patients are able to produce. In a new study, Reem Alyahya […]

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Investigating the Adolescent Brain Through Film Watching

Adolescence provides a unique opportunity for neuroscientists to understand an important in-between step in brain development. Straddling the worlds between adulthood and childhood, adolescents often are expected to take on more responsibility and independence, yet their brains are still not fully matured. In a new study, cognitive neuroscientists sought to investigate the adolescent brain through a […]

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Maximizing the Number of Brains Studying the Brain

Q&A with Damien Fair, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Recipient Although the global pandemic has slowed his lab’s data collection to a halt, COVID-19 has nothing on cognitive neuroscientist Damien Fair. In the middle of the global health crisis, he moved from Oregon Health & Science University to the University of Minnesota, began the Masonic Institute for […]

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The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) stands against racism, hate, and injustice.  We affirm unequivocally that Black Lives Matter. CNS condemns all acts of discrimination and violence against Black people and other people of color. As an international organization, CNS is committed to the fight against racism, and to promoting inclusion and diversity in science and academia globally. Yet, we recognize we can and must do more.  Read our full statement here.

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CNS 2021 Blog

Read coverage of the 28th CNS annual meeting, held virtually March 13-16, 2021.