Chantel Featured on Podcast!

Chantel’s path to neuroscience was recently featured in a podcast called “Cognitive Revolution” which explores the personal side of scientists’ stories.

You can listen here: result for Cognitive Revolution Cody Kommers

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Recent Brain to Brain Experiment Filming

The CCDL has recently participated in film shoots demonstrating aspects of our Brain to Brain research. These demonstrations will be a part of documentaries exploring the Brain Computer Interfaces. Thank you lab members Prestion Jiang, Jane Romani, and Jessica Crane for volunteering to help during these film shoots!

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New Publication: Monitoring of attentional oscillations through Spectral Similarity Analysis predicts reading comprehension

The journal Brain and Langauge has recently accepted a paper from our post-doc Peiyun Zhou titled, ‘Monitoring of attentional oscillations through Spectral Similarity Analysis predicts reading comprehension’. Highlights of the paper are:

  • We developed a Spectral Similarity Analysis (SSA) method to detect mind wandering.
  • SSA compares 5 min resting state EEG and 5 min reading EEG without interrupting reading.
  • The resulting measure correlated with reading comprehension and executive control.
  • Readers with more mind wandering moments tended to have worse comprehension.
  • Readers with higher executive control tended to have fewer mind wandering moments.

You can read the paper here.


Figure 1 caption: The similarity of spectral composition between resting-state qEEG and Nelson-Denny reading task qEEG of a proficient reader at 99th percentile (left) and a poor reader at 60th percentile (right)

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CCDL Welcomes Summer Interns

The CCDL is excited to welcome two summer interns, Ali Black (left) from Stanford University and Shelby Thompson (right) from Spelman College. During their internship, both will be learning to apply Dynamic Causal Modeling methods on neurotypical resting state and Parkinson’s patient fMRI data.

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Graduate Student Jose Ceballos Wins Marr Prize

At the 2019 Cognitive Science Society conference, Jose Ceballos was awarded the Marr Prize for his paper, ‘The Role of Basal Ganglia Reinforcement Learning in Lexical Priming and Automatic Semantic Ambiguity Resolution‘. The Marr Prize is awarded yearly to the best student-first authored paper at the conference.

You can read the paper here.

Cognitive Science Society


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CCDL Alumni Selected for Husky 100

Congratulations to Mari Ramirez, a former CCDL Research Assistant, on being selected for the Husky 100 !

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Chantel Reconnecting with Mentors

Reconnecting with Tamara Swaab and Ron Mangun, wonderful mentors for science and for life.

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CCDL Reunion in Nashville, Tennessee

Chantel and Andrea catching up with former Research Associate Aaron Azose,and graduate student #1, Brianna Yamasaki. Both are at Vanderbilt! Aaron is in med school and Brianna is doing a postdoc with James Booth.

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Former CCDL Intern at CNS

Visiting with former intern Jeanne Gallee, who is now in graduate school at Harvard, at her CNS Poster in San Francisco.

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New CCDL paper on predicting language learning published on Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience!

Chantel’s paper on how power and network connectivity in resting-state EEG predicts seconds language learning aptitude has been published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and it’s available online. Check it out to see how well 5 minutes of eyes-closed resting state EEG predicts various aspects of second language learning!!

Citation: Prat, C. S., Yamasaki, B. L., & Peterson, E. R. (2018). Individual differences in resting-state brain rhythms uniquely predict second language learning rate and willingness to communicate in adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Performance on the Attentional Blink Task for individuals with balanced vs. unbalanced use of their languages. Bilinguals with a more balanced use of their language have greater accuracy.

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