Exploring Novel Paths for Brain Stimulation

CNS 2020 Guest Post by Anne Billot Being able to directly target specific areas of the brain is important both for cognitive neuroscientists seeking to establish direct causal links between neural signal and cognitive processes and for clinicians treating neurological disorders. The gold standard for approaching such tasks has been to directly manipulate the brain […]

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TMS Provides a Window into Language Network Reorganization After a Stroke

CNS 2020 Guest Post by Natalie Gilmore In recent years, scientists have used neurostimulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to help understand how various aspects of the brain work. By sending electrical currents to one part of the brain, they can help isolate functionality. Such studies are especially valuable in understanding how the […]

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CNS 2020 Trainee Panel Explores Adaption for an Unpredictable Future

Guest post by Richard T. Ward Although members of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) experienced this year’s annual meeting in the safety and comfort of their homes rather than together in Boston, that did not prevent them from connecting from around the world to share their scientific work and insights. In fact, one common theme […]

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CNS 2020 Day 4 Highlights

The final day of CNS 2020 Virtual brought us a diverse set of symposia, in addition to the final poster sessions and an award lecture by Nancy Kanwisher. Her 26th Annual George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience Lecture was entitled Functional Imaging of the Human Brain: A Window into the Architecture of the Mind […]

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From Expressions to Mind Wandering: Using Computers to Illuminate Human Emotions

CNS 2020 Press Release May 5, 2020 – A common view of human emotions is that they are too idiosyncratic and subjective to be studied scientifically. But as being presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) virtual meeting today, cognitive neuroscientists are using contemporary, data-driven computational methods to overturn old ideas about the structure of […]

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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.



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Watch the CNS 2019 Keynote by Matthew Walker

Can you recall the last time you woke up without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer is “no,” you are not alone. Two-thirds of adults fail to obtain the recommended 8 hours of nightly sleep. You may be surprised by the consequences, which Matthew Walker (University of California, Berkeley) describes in his keynote for the 26th annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting. His talk describes ... continue reading

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CNS 2020 Blog

Read coverage of the 27th CNS annual meeting, held virtually May 2-5, 2020.