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Mind Science Foundation Awards $60,000 at ‘BrainStorm’ Neuroscience Pitch Competition
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Mind Science Foundation Awards $60,000 at ‘BrainStorm’ Neuroscience Pitch Competition

Audience members at the Mind Science Foundation (MSF) pitch competition voted Tuesday evening to award the top prize of $30,000 to a neuroscientist researching resiliency in children raised in poverty. The research team of Laurie Cutting, Stephanie Del Tufo, and Tin Nguyen from Vanderbilt University will use the funding to answer why some children in underserved populations are resilient and how that resiliency can be reproduced to help more students. In its second year, the Foundation’s BrainStorm pitch competition connects neuroscience researchers directly to audience members who vote on supporting a researcher's proposed groundbreaking research. The $60,000 pot of prize money will help early-career researchers continue promising work in neuroscience, said MSF executive director Me...
Mind Science Foundation Expert Reveals the Science Behind the Teen Brain
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Mind Science Foundation Expert Reveals the Science Behind the Teen Brain

Why do teenagers make bad choices? If you have ever parented, taught, or mentored teenagers, you may have wondered why their thought processes can be so different from adults. The reasons stem from how the adolescent brain develops. The Mind Science Foundation has asked Abigail Baird, professor of psychological science on the Arnhold Family Chair at Vassar College to discuss the teenaged brain and its neurological growth spurt in adolescence that shapes how we process and consolidate our life experiences. She will speak May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Pearl Stable; tickets are available here. Baird’s research focuses on the biological basis of adolescent brain development and how it shapes behavior. Her work examines how social, emotional, cognitive, and brain-based factors drive how ado...
Mind Science Foundation Features Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier March 19
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Mind Science Foundation Features Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier March 19

The Mind Science Foundation (MSF) is bringing the Silicon Valley pioneer who coined the phrase "virtual reality" (VR) to San Antonio.  Jaron Lanier will headline MSF's Distinguished Speaker Series March 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Pearl Stable. Tickets are available for sale online or at the door. Considered a founding father of the field of virtual reality, Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left Atari and founded VPL Research, Inc. in 1984. Lanier's startup created the first commercial VR products, avatars, multi-person virtual world experiences, prototypes of surgical simulation, and VR applications for medicine, design, and other industries. As one of the first companies ever to sell virtual reality products, VPL also introduced some of the first VR applications, including a p...
Mind Science Foundation Awards Neuroscience Researcher $30,000 at ‘Magical’ Pitch Competition
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Mind Science Foundation Awards Neuroscience Researcher $30,000 at ‘Magical’ Pitch Competition

The Mind Science Foundation event at the Pearl Stable Tuesday evening was truly magical—a mixture of science and illusion fueled by how our brains can misperceive reality. The Foundation's BrainStorm connected neuroscience researchers directly to those funding their proposed groundbreaking research in a novel manner—in a pitch competition. After listening to three finalist team pitches, audience members voted for Dr. Michael Anderson and researcher Subbulakshmi Sankarasubramanian from the University of Cambridge. They received the top award of $30,000 for their proposed research on how the brain suppresses traumatic memories that cause emotional pain. Sankarasubramanian is a graduate student in the cognitive neuroscience research lab Anderson oversees at Cambridge. Two finalist teams...