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William Grant Still conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in a piece titled <em>Old California</em> that he wrote for the city of Los Angeles' Birthday Concert on Sept. 8, 1965. All photos courtesy of Judith Anne Still.

Still Life

January 4, 2013

Packed neatly in brown paper and carefully tied with string, hundreds of bundles of music sat forgotten on the shelves of a linen closet in the Los Angeles home of Judith Anne Still’s mother. One spring day in 1980,…

Every person has perhaps billions of bytes of information stored in long-term memory. Babies develop long-term memories for past experiences beginning at the age of about six months or even earlier.

Mind Games

December 18, 2012

As a child, how many of you memorized the planet names and order with this little ditty: My very elegant mother just sat upon nine porcupines. Although the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet renders this particular mnemonic…

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Augmented Reality Debuts

November 14, 2012

The Fall 2012/Winter 2013 edition of the USC Dornsife Magazine hits mailboxes this week. While reading stories, you can now view videos, listen to music, watch slideshows — you’ll even find a recipe. How? Flip…

Cameron M. Thornton '76 believes each of us has a story to tell.

In My Opinion

November 12, 2012

I was born in East Los Angeles, Calif., in the fall of 1954. Shortly after that my family moved to a duplex that my grandfather had built in Wilmington near San Pedro. After that we moved to the suburb of Whittier. The…

Humans and songbirds are both matching their own early vocalizations to the neural representation of vocal auditory memory. This encoding and integration process is very likely to be disrupted in people with disordered speech and we can begin to understand this by studying the songbird brain.

A Little Bird Told Me

November 9, 2012

Although less than half the size of a walnut and weighing one gram, the brain of a songbird is fully capable of generating complex learned behaviors. Songbirds are one of the few groups of animals other than humans that…

Five USC Dornsife authors from various disciplines ponder the connection between creativity and memory.

Postcards From Memory Lane

November 9, 2012

Jerry Siegel came of age during the 1910s and ’20s. The youngest child of Jewish Lithuanian immigrants, Siegel often felt out of place in the blue collar, Midwestern atmosphere of his Cleveland, Ohio, neighborhood. When…

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Fostering Intellectual Courage

November 8, 2012

Steve Kay awoke his first morning on the island of Manhattan feeling jet lagged, invigorated and hungry. The new postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University headed to the cafeteria for breakfast. As he surveyed the…

A vehicular accident after his freshman year at USC impacted Bob Padgett’s life in ways he could not have expected. The event helped the emergency room physician discover his passion for medicine and desire to help others. Photo by Max S. Gerber.

An Accident with Purpose

June 25, 2012

On a bright day in 1964, Bob Padgett drove a company Ford van down two-lane Highway 4 from Hayward, Calif., to a construction site in Pittsburg, a 43-mile trip, and rounded the top of a small hill. Without any warning signage…

In a study of college students in the United States and China, Emily Gee and Lisa Cui found that fundamental cultural differences lead people to perceive advertisements in different ways.

Target Market

April 22, 2012

    Student researcher: Emily Gee Major: Political science and public relations Minor: Environmental science Year: Senior     Student researcher Lisa Cui ’11 Major:…

As a research assistant in Matthew Dean’s lab, Amanda Johnston performs polymerase chain reactions to analyze rodent DNA and determine their genotypes.

Cracking the Code

April 22, 2012

    Student researcher: Amanda Johnston Major: Biological sciences Minor: Spanish Year: Senior Student funding sources: Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR), Summer Undergraduate Research…