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Break in Curveball Too Good to be True

Breaking Curveball Too Good to Be True

October 15, 2010

Curveballs curve and fastballs go really fast, but new research suggests that no pitcher can make a curveball "break" or a fastball "rise." Led by Arthur Shapiro of American University and Zhong-Lin Lu of USC College, the…

Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute in USC College, is the recipient of this year’s Honda Prize for his pioneering efforts and remarkable contributions in the world of neuroscience. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Antonio Damasio Wins Honda Prize

September 21, 2010

The Honda Foundation of Japan has announced that its annual Honda Prize, one of the most important international awards for scientific achievement, will go to Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and…

Yo-Yo Ma plays the cello to a composition by Bruce Adolphe based on a poem by Antonio Damasio. In the background is brain activity imagery produced in Hanna Damasio’s laboratory. Photo credit Hiroyuki Ito/The New York Times/Redux.

Brains and Beauty

August 27, 2010

Mind first bloomed quietly And no one knows when, Although we know where: Within a brain that lived within a body. Sound heady? It should. This is the introduction to a poem written by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio of USC…

New Study Examines the Brain's Wiring

New Study Examines the Brain's Wiring

August 10, 2010

The brain has been mapped to the smallest fold for at least a century, but still no one knows how all the parts talk to each other. A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences answers that question for a small…

Sarah Bottjer, professor of biological sciences and psychology, discovered in her latest study that the basal ganglia pathway in zebra finches has two parallel circuits, rather than a single neural circuit as previously thought. Photo credit Eric O’Connell.

A Real Tweet

July 22, 2010

Loud and lively singers, some liken the sound of finches to toy trumpets -- ka-ching, beep-beep, oi, a-ha, or da-de-da! Both male and female zebra finches sound off in chattering trills and calls. However, it is only the male…

(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.…

Richard F. Thompson, holder of the William M. Keck Chair in Psychology and Biological Sciences in USC College, is most famous for being the first to identify and map neural circuits involved in classical conditioning. Photo credit Phil Channing.

A Golden Scholar

April 13, 2010

Richard F. Thompson — a world-leading behavioral neuroscientist who has spent nearly a half-century researching the physical basis of memory — has won the American Psychological Foundation's 2010 Gold Medal…

Kristen Cavinder during the Miss America pageant's gown competition. The USC College alumna was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda service and honor society. Photo credit Zimbio, Inc.

From Ball Gown to Lab Coat

February 16, 2010

At first glance, Kristen "Kristy" Cavinder '09 may appear to be your typical pageant queen. At 21, the Orange County native has a radiant smile, fluid grace, and the natural confidence of someone who knows that others are…

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…