Members in the News

Check out some our members that have made headlines!

Hanna and Antonio Damasio were featured in a Q&A in Neuron. They discuss the value of single case studies for neuroscience, consciousness research and the limits of AI, and the fascinating relationship between creativity and the brain.

Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, a USC University Professor and Niki and Max Nikias Chair in Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has received the 2023 International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) Medal for Scientific Achievement. The medal is the most prestigious award offered by this preeminent organization in the field of human speech communication research at the global level.

In recognition of the importance, relevance and collaborative spirit of the arts at USC, President Carol L. Folt on Thursday announced a new position at the university — vice provost for the arts — and named USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Professor Josh Kun to the inaugural position.

In recent years, researchers and members of CMBS have compiled compelling evidence that music impacts our brains in positive ways — especially at the beginning and end stages of our existences.

Beatriz Ilari, chair of the USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program, was named Researcher of the Month by Tooled Up Education. Ilari and her team of researchers, including Thornton alumna Eun Cho (DMA ’18), found that engagement with music correlates with more prosocial behaviors, kindness and empathy.

The USC Information Sciences Institute, a research unit of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, will lead a project to identify objective hallmarks of depression and suicidal ideation in order to support clinical screening. The four-year project, supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will use modern technology to identify and interpret objective neural and physiological signal biomarkers that can support screening of “preconscious signals” of mental and behavioral health risk factors. This project will be led by CMBS members Shri Narayanan, Antonio Damasio, Assal Habibi, and Rael Cahn, among other USC and UCLA professors and departments.