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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…

USC College’s Michael Arbib, Sarah Bottjer and Myron Goodman share honor from leading scientific society.

USC College’s Michael Arbib, Sarah Bottjer and Myron Goodman share honor from leading scientific society.

December 1, 2008

USC College claims three of the five USC scientists named this year as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their outstanding contributions in science and engineering. Michael…

Meet the Class of 2012

Meet the Class of 2012

December 1, 2008

One student likens conducting scientific research to playing the violin. Another found research inspiration in his adolescent acne. Still another, awed by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and intrigued by the artist’s…

A Chilling Sensation

A Chilling Sensation

February 1, 2008

  For the first time, neuroscientists have visualized cold fibers — strands reaching from sensory neurons near the spinal cord to nerve endings in the skin tuned to sense different types of cold. The study and…

Damasio and Quick Kick Off First Fridays

Damasio and Quick Kick Off First Fridays

January 1, 2008

  The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s popular First Fridays programs return Jan. 4 with a program on “Conscious Minds and the Minds of Others” that features two USC College…

The Dornsifes and the Damasios celebrate at the ceremony for the endowed chairs in 2006. From left: Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology; Hanna Damasio, Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology; and David and Dana Dornsife, who pledged $1 million to fund the top priorities for the BCI.

On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!

November 1, 2007

Combine a philanthropic husband and wife who love neuroscience with world-renowned neuroscience researchers who are also a husband and wife team — the result: a partnership leading to cutting-edge research in how the…

How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

November 1, 2007

The smile of the Mona Lisa may remain forever ineffable, but at least now science can measure the difference between the real thing and its many imitations. A team of neuroscientists including Irving Biederman, the holder of…

How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

October 1, 2007

About three years ago, Casey Donovan, professor of kinesiology in USC College, had hit a wall. His groundbreaking research into the body’s physical sensors for hypoglycemia — how the body knows when there is too…

Chemical That Acts Like a Fuel Gauge

Chemical That Acts Like a Fuel Gauge

July 1, 2007

The concept that a drop in blood sugar triggers a craving for food is best understood just before lunchtime. But exactly how the process unfolds has proven difficult to explain, even on a full stomach. Solving the puzzle…

Good Taste Is No Accident

Good Taste Is No Accident

June 1, 2007

Want to take away that bitter taste in your mouth? Wish your children could stomach cod liver oil? New USC research unveils the workings of taste cells and suggests a way to make them work for you. A group led by USC College…