SBS student receives NSF graduate research fellowship

Congratulations to SBS graduate student Sarah Herald who was a recipient of the 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program award. Sarah is a PhD candidate in Professor Brad Duchaine's lab and her research focuses on higher-level vision and social perception. 

To find out more about the fellowship program and Sarah, you can find the full article here.

Fighting to stop smoking on the big screen

A recent article in Newsworks spotlights research done by Dr. James Sargent, a professor of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine, and collaborator with research faculty in the Center for Social Brain Sciences. Dr. Sargent is the researcher who first showed that the more teenagers watch movies with smoking, the more likely they are to take up the habit. Read more here:

State-of-the-Art fMRI scanner arrives in Moore Hall

Researchers in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences have had research-dedicated access to an fMRI scanner at the Dartmouth Brain Imaging Center in Moore Hall since 1999. This past summer, we bid farewell to our old Philips scanner, and installed a brand-new Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner, which will allow us to stay on the cutting edge of research. 

Todd Heatherton, the Lincoln Filene Professor of Human Relations and Director of the Center for Social Brain Sciences, has used fMRI methods that have allowed researchers to identify an area of the brain associated with knowledge about the self.

"One of the most cited papers in cognitive neuroscience was our study showing the medial prefrontal cortex is involved in self-reflection," says Heatherton. "It has been cited more than 1,300 times".

See the full article here.