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Larry Swanson, USC College professor and one of the nation’s leading neuroanatomists, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Photo credit Carin Baer.

Larry Swanson Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

April 28, 2010

Larry Swanson, the Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences in USC College, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the…

(From left) David and Dana Dornsife, and Joyce J. Cammilleri. Dornsife photo credit Steve Cohn. Cammilleri photo credit HC Van Urfalian.

Mindful Giving

April 26, 2010

David and Dana Dornsife David and Dana Dornsife continue a family legacy of giving to USC and USC College’s neuroscience program with a lead gift of $6 million for the new Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) building.…

Michel Baudry (right), professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering, and neuroscience graduate student Sohila Zadran research the cellular-level chain of events behind the learning and memory process. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

The Mechanisms of Memory

March 9, 2010

It’s not a unique situation in scientific research to have a hypothesis disputed. But finally having visual evidence that basically closes the books on decades of scientific debate is a unique and sweet success. For…

The Neuroscience Era

The Chatter of Neurons

April 23, 2009

Close your eyes. Extend your arms and let your fingertips explore your surroundings. What textures and shapes do you feel? What can you infer about your immediate environment simply through touch? Just as your hands glide…

Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute in USC College. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Nobler Instincts Take Time

April 14, 2009

Emotions linked to our moral sense awaken slowly in the mind, according to a new study from a neuroscience group led by corresponding author Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute in USC College. The…

Antonio Damasio Featured in Discover Magazine

Antonio Damasio Featured in Discover Magazine

January 28, 2009

Antonio Damasio, holder of the David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology in USC College, was featured in an article titled "Speed Freaks," which appeared in Discover Magazine's special…

Mind Games

Mind Games

December 1, 2008

These days older adults are turning to a variety of methods to keep their brains active and maintain their cognitive abilities: Crossword puzzles. Sudoku. Nintendo has even created “Brain Age,” a video game billed…

Escaping the Inner Caveman

Escaping the Inner Caveman

April 1, 2007

It’s a metaphor with power even as repetition has rendered it cliché: America is the world’s melting pot. A nation where virtually all trace their lineage to immigrants, the U.S. indeed plays host to…

Neuroscience Research Institute Launched

Neuroscience Research Institute Launched

November 1, 2005

New University Park-focused Institute replaces the Program in Neural, Informational and Behavioral Sciences By Eva Emerson November 2005 Neuroscientists describe learning as a process in which new experiences lead to a…

USC Neuroscientist Earns Asturias Award

USC Neuroscientist Earns Asturias Award

October 21, 2005

Antonio Damasio is the sole winner in the scientific category. The jury says his contributions have reshaped an understanding of emotions, language and decision-making. By Carl Marziali Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio,…