Did you catch the faculty feature on Prof. Michael McCloskey in this week’s Arts & Sciences Weekly e-newsletter? Read up on it here…
Congratulations, Dr. Chaisilprungraung!
Pang Chaisilprungraung successfully passed her defense and finished her PhD degree. Her dissertation was entitled Axes in Object-Centered Shape Representation: Insights from Mirror-Image Reflection Errors. Pang is headed next to a postdoc research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Brava, Pang! …Read More>>
Congratulations, Dr. Ellenblum!
Lab member Gali Ellenblum successfully passed her defense and finished her PhD Degree. Her dissertation was entitled Cognitive and Computational Modeling of Handwriting. She accepted an offer from Apple to work as a Machine Learning Engineer! Congrats, Gali!
Drs. Brenda Rapp and Michael McCloskey were co-editors of the recently published book entitled Developmental Dysgraphia. This volume brings together, for the first time, theoretically grounded and methodologically rigorous research on developmental dysgraphia, presented alongside reviews of the typical development of spelling and writing skills.
The Devil’s in the g-tails
This fun study shows how most people are essentially unaware of the more common version of the lowercase print letter “g” and explores the possible implications. The paper was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, authored by junior Kimberly Wong, alum Frempongma Wadee (A&S ’17 BA), grad student Gali Elenblum […]
Kim Wong receives a STAR award!
Cognitive science major Kim Wong, a sophomore, was chosen to receive a STAR funding award for summer research in our lab. Congratulations Kim!
How a woman with amnesia defies conventional wisdom about memory
The sharp contrasts in this patient’s memory profile—her inability to remember facts about pursuits once vital to her life as an artist, musician, and amateur aviator, while clearly remembering facts relevant to performing in these domains—suggest conventional wisdom about how the brain stores knowledge is incorrect. The findings are now available online.
Life Lines: An Artist with Amnesia
Drs. McCloskey and Landau research an amnesic artist. A virus essentially obliterated an artist’s hippocampus, and she can no longer recall what happened five minutes earlier. Her life has become an endless series of jump cuts. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/30/an-artist-with-amnesia
Tricking the brain to read
Cognitive scientists devise alphabets that allow subjects to read again — an article published in the Johns Hopkins Gazette on Dr. McCloskey’s research. https://hub.jhu.edu/gazette/2013/june/features-tricking-the-brain/
Early Levels of Representation in Reading
This project explores the early stages of visual word recognition, in which the stimulus word is processed to determine the identities and positions of the individual letters. We are studying the reading abilities of a patient with acquired dyslexia—a reading disorder resulting from brain damage—to gain insight into letter shape, identity, and position representations.