Congratulations to three of our undergraduates for their summer fellowship awards. Becky Liu is the winner of a Welton Sophomore Research Apprenticeship Grant, and Grace George and Jen Hathaway are winners of the Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship. Congratulations Jen, Grace and Becky!
Congratulations Liz, for your acceptance to the Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, known to attendees as “Brain Camp“. The competition was intense, with only 70 people accepted out of more than 200 applicants. This year’s Summer Institute, in Santa Barbara, CA will be held June 22-July 3, and focuses on a mix of methodological and developmental questions. We’re expecting Liz to bring back lots of great information, and lots of great stories!
The Ed Neuro Lab continues its spring travel schedule, heading to Chicago this week for AERA! We will mostly be at talks and activities related to the Brain Neuroscience and Education (BNE) SIG and the Research in Mathematics Education (RME) SIG.
Liz will be giving a talk titled Fractions on the Mental Number Line: How to Reverse the SNARC on Thursday, April 16, 2:15 to 3:45pm in the paper session 16.044 – Contemporary Examples in Educational Neuroscience (BNE SIG).
Ed will be giving a talk titled A Neurocognitive Model of Fractions Learning on Friday, April 17, 4:05 to 6:05pm in a symposium session 35.069 – Fractions Learning: One Subject, Multiple Perspectives (RME SIG).
The Educational Neuroscience Lab has sent a party of three (Ed, Liz and Radhika) to the Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting in lovely San Francisco!
We will be presenting three posters on our work
A108 (Saturday, 3:30 – 5:30) The Multisensory (AV) Representation of Number
D132 (Monday, 8:00 – 10:00) The Impact of Stimulus-Induced Processing Strategies on Symbolic Fraction Representations
F128 (Monday, 5:30 – 7:30 pm) Representation of symbolic fractions recruits circuits tuned to nonsymbolic ratio magnitude
If you’re around, stop by. We’d love to see you!
On March 20th, Ed was part of a two-day workshop at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences titled Decoding the Neurobiology of Synaesthesia. The symposium brought together an elite group of scientists who are focused on synesthesia from genetic, psychological and neural perspectives to better understand the mechanisms that give rise to synesthesia, and how the study of synesthesia might help shed light on other, broader issues related to cognitive and neural development.
The Ed. Neuro. Lab went to the Wisconsin State Fair as part of UW-Madison Day at the Fair. The entire UW-Madison team raised record donations for Wisconsin Schools, including school supplies and cash donations for computers. For our part, we made brain hats, demonstrated the principles of neural firing with a rope neuron, and showed people how plastic their brain is by learning to do a mirror tracing task, and experiencing the rubber hand illusion. You can see pictures of all the fun on our gallery page!