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!
Our photo gallery has been updated! We have new pictures of Dani and Abbie’s Hilldale award ceremony, pictures of the lab BBQ, and pictures of the Bio 152 poster session. See the new pictures under the our people tab.
Three Ed. Neuro. Lab undergrads, Cooper Siepmann, Grace George and Jen Hathaway, will present in the Biology 152 Poster Session this Wednesday, May 7, from 4-7 pm in Union South. Jen and Grace will present their work on multisensory enhancement of congruent number, while Cooper will present his work on multisensory conflict in number. If you can attend, please come and support all of the amazing UW undergrads involved in research.
Congratulations to the three Ed Neuro Lab undergraduates have won scholarships to continue their research this summer!
Dani Day and Abbie Zellner have won Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships. Dani and Abbie were among 112 winners, out of 245 applications. The Hilldale Fellowships will provide them with summer support and some additional funds to pursue their projects examining the cognitive foundations of basic numerical processes. Dani will be exploring the degree to which we can map between number across the senses (multisensory integration of number), while Abbie will be exploring the processes that link between basic numerical representations and number symbols.
In addition, McKenna Splett has won a Welton Honors Summer Sophomore Research Apprenticeship to fund her research into the consequences of synesthesia on learning and memory.
Next week, the Ed. Neuro. Lab will be making multiple presentations around the UW-Madison campus. First, our URS students, Grace George and Taylor Shiff will be presenting at the URS Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, April 10. In addition, Ed will be giving two presentations, on Tuesday April 8 as part of the Waisman Early Childhood Seminar Series and on Friday, April 11 in the Neuroscience and Public Policy Seminar.
Our PhD student, Liz Toomarian was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to fund the next three years of her graduate studies. Out of 14000 applicants, only 2000 Fellowships were awarded. Liz is one of only 30 grad students at UW-Madison who received an NSF Fellowship this year, and one of 35 people in the entire country to receive an award in the Psychology-Cognitive Neuroscience area. Congratulations, Liz!
On February 18, Ed and MELD Lab PI Percival Matthews had the honor of jointly speaking to the Bascom Hill Society, the oldest organization for supporters of the University of Wisconsin. Our talk, titled “Connecting Education and Neuroscience to get the Whole Picture” focuses on linking our understanding of cognitive development, neuroscience and education to better understand the difficulties that many children have with fractions, and to, in turn, better understand how improve fractions instruction.
At 7:00 pm next Thursday, March 6, Ed will be interviewed for local radio station WORT-FM’s “Perpetual Notion Machine” program, focusing on the learning processes in the brain. Ed will talk about what is known about how brains shape, and are shaped by, various learning experiences, leading to specialized systems in the brain for reading, math and a number of other skills.
The Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia was featured in a new blog post by author and synesthete Maureen Seaberg over at Psychology Today. Maureen’s blog, titled Tasting the Universe, discusses a number of issues related to synesthesia, including famous synesthetes, recent research and other happenings of interest to the synesthesia community. Today, she reviewed the Oxford Handbook and quoted me and my co-editor, Julia Simner, extensively about the process of writing a Handbook of this scope.