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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…

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…