Working Out Working Memory: A Life’s Pursuit

Q&A with Earl Miller Working memory is key to our everyday survival — how we communicate, remember what we need to do, learn new things, and generally operate. It is also an aspect of cognition that is disrupted or dysfunctional in almost every neuropsychiatric disorder. Therefore, understanding how working memory works is of vital importance. […]

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Going Deep on Sleep with Matthew Walker

Did you get enough sleep last night? Probably not, says Matthew Walker, cognitive neuroscientist and neurophysiologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Statistics show, he says, that two-thirds of adults fail to obtain the recommended 8 hours of nightly sleep. If that doesn’t seem like a big deal, Walker has some robust research to counter […]

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Machine Learning to Help Move Beyond Diagnostic Labels for Struggling Learners

Anyone who has ever worked with children who are struggling at learning – whether a parent or teacher – knows that diagnostic labels can only go so far in helping individuals. While receiving a diagnosis is an important landmark moment for children and families, is it enough information to guide those who are trying to […]

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Playing an Instrument Changes Our Perception of Music

The musical instrument you play, or played as a child, likely has a big impact on how you perceive music every day. In a novel new study looking at beatboxers and guitarists, cognitive neuroscientists found that areas of the brain that control movement were activated in the musicians’ brains but not in non-musicians’ brains. Past […]

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Learning What to Learn: Lessons from Cognitive Neuroscience for Education

How do we learn what to learn? This fundamental question drives the work of Rachel Wu at the University of California, Riverside. Before we can learn anything, we need to know what to pay attention to. From infancy, people are bombarded with distractions that can make that challenging. While there is a wealth of cognitive […]

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The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) is committed to the development of mind and brain research aimed at investigating the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific bases of cognition.

The term cognitive neuroscience has now been with us for almost three decades, and identifies an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the nature of thought.

SAVE the DATE! CNS 2019

Mark your calendars for CNS 2019 in San Francisco, March 23-26, 2019!

Watch the CNS 2018 Keynote

To kick off the 25th anniversary meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Michael Gazzaniga (University of California, Santa Barbara) took us back to the beginning of the field, and then on a whirlwind tour through the history of thought on consciousness. Gazzaniga believes that understanding how consciousness works will help define the future of brain science and artificial intelligence, and close the gap between brain and mind.

Watch Big Data v. Big Theory: CNS 2018

Four leading researchers, with expertise in neurophysiology, neuroimaging, artificial intelligence, language, and computation debated these big questions in “Big Data Versus Big Theory,” a special session at this year’s 25th annual CNS meeting in Boston.


CNS 2018 Blog

Read coverage of the 25th CNS annual meeting in Boston, March 24-27, 2018.