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1.9 million Euro ERC grant to explore memory coding in human brains

1.9 million Euro ERC grant to explore memory coding in human brains
Description
Episodic memory is the time machinery that allows us to mentally travel back in time in order to relive past experiences, often in great sensory detail. These memories are highly associative and very information rich, but how are these memories coded in human brains?
Date:
27/03/2015

1.5 million Euro ERC grant for project to explore motor learning influences

1.5 million Euro ERC grant for project to explore motor learning influences
Description
Motor learning is a fundamental process which influences many aspects of our lives; from learning to walk in childhood to the rehabilitation process following an illness or injury. Despite the impact to society, it has proved extremely difficult to develop interventions that significantly enhance human motor learning in health or disease. Recent work from the Galea lab suggests that reward- and punishment-based feedback have positive but dissociable effects on motor learning.
Date:
27/03/2015

The effects of punishment and reward on motor learning - paper published in Nature Neuroscience

The effects of punishment and reward on motor learning - paper published in Nature Neuroscience
Description
In a new study published by Nature Neuroscience, Birmingham Research Fellow Joseph Galea and colleagues, show that reward- and punishment-based feedback (winning money based on task success vs. losing money based on task failure) have both positive, but dissociable, effects on motor learning and memory; while punishment led to faster learning, reward caused greater memory retention.
Date:
20/03/2015

Watching the brain forget

Watching the brain forget
Description
Researchers from the School of Psychology, together with the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, have been able to track how individual memories are forgotten in the human brain.
Date:
16/03/2015

Alternatives to imprisonment research presented at the Council of Europe

Alternatives to imprisonment research presented at the Council of Europe
Description
Head of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology, Professor Tony Beech, presented at the Council of Europe 7th meeting of the Committee of Experts on the reform of the Court.
Date:
05/03/2015

Published doctoral researcher paper explores perspective taking

Published doctoral researcher paper explores perspective taking
Description
School of Psychology PhD student Brad Mattan is lead author on a new paper published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognitionon the topic of perspective taking.
Date:
05/03/2015

Student zoo trip to observe animal behaviour

Student zoo trip to observe animal behaviour
Description
Final year students studying Higher Cognitive Functions enjoyed a trip to the zoo earlier this semester.
Date:
05/03/2015

Blue is the colour: why do we see #TheDress so differently?

Blue is the colour: why do we see #TheDress so differently?
Description
There has been passionate debate on the internet over a blue and black dress that to some people – perhaps even the majority – appears white and gold. But what is the reason behind a discrepancy that has caused such division within households and offices?
Date:
02/03/2015
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