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Merridee Lefner | BRAINSTORM 2020 Winner

Why exactly does “absence make the heart grow fonder?” The winning team of researchers Merridee Lefner and Matthew Wanat (The University of Texas at San Antonio) are analyzing the neurobiology of motivated behavior. How does dopamine work in influencing our responses...

Lorenzo Ciccione | BRAINSTORM 2020 FINALIST

Lorenzo Ciccione (Collège de France, PSL University) and Stanislas Dehaene (Collège de France) are examining how our brains extract information from plots and charts. Scientists have discovered many people do not understand complex data visualizations. Uncovering how...

Amber Hopkins | BRAINSTORM 2020 FINALIST

Amber Hopkins and Aaron Schurger (Chapman University) and Tian Lan (California Institute of Technology) are researching intentional binding, or how the brain perceives action and its sensory outcome as being much closer together in time. Understanding this mechanism...

Tin Nguyen | BRAINSTORM 2019 WINNER

The winning team of researchers Laurie Cutting, Stephanie Del Tufo, and Tin Nguyen (Vanderbilt University) want to know what creates resiliency in children raised in poverty. Graduate student Tin Nguyen’s pitch sought to provide a deeper understanding of the...

Michael Greenberg | BRAINSTORM 2019 FINALIST

The research team of Michael Greenberg and Justin Hulbert (Bard College) wants to know if it is possible to “hack” your brain using mindfulness meditation. Undergraduate student Michael Greenberg’s pitch presented a study proposing that the focus on breathing in a...

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