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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…

Moral Judgment Fails Without Feelings

Moral Judgment Fails Without Feelings

March 1, 2007

Consider the following scenario: A runaway train car is heading for several workers, who will die if nothing is done. You are on a footbridge over the tracks, next to a large stranger whose weight could stop the train car…

USC Groups Attend Neuroscience Meeting

USC Groups Attend Neuroscience Meeting

October 17, 2006

Highlights from presentations by USC researchers at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting this week and next in Atlanta, Ga. Estrogen Plays Both Sides on Alzheimer’s Hormone replacement therapy can…

USC College Neuroscientist Tapped for Endowed Chair

USC College Neuroscientist Tapped for Endowed Chair

October 1, 2006

Scholar Zhong-Lin Lu, co-director of the Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center, has been named the William M. Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in USC College. The chair, which is endowed by the W.M.…

Brain’s Action Center Is All Talk

Brain’s Action Center Is All Talk

September 18, 2006

Neuroscience is tackling a problem that obsessed Hamlet: What is the difference in our minds between talk and action? Less than you would expect, an international research group reports in the Sept. 19 issue of Current…

Thompson to Join National Science Board

Thompson to Join National Science Board

June 22, 2006

President George W. Bush has nominated prominent USC neuroscientist Richard Thompson to the National Science Board. The 24-member board may be the most influential science policy group in the country, directing the National…