Sarah Brown-Schmidt has been named as a Beckman Institute faculty member in the Cognitive Science group. Brown-Schmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois and is a former Beckman Fellow. Her research focuses on the mechanisms by which people produce and understand utterances during interactive conversation.
Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer, Ed McAuley of Beckman's Human Perception and Performance group and doctoral student Michelle Voss are co-authors of a study showing that moderate exercise can enhance the connectivity of important brain circuits, combat declines in brain function associated with aging, and increase performance on cognitive tasks in older adults who had been living a sedentary lifestyle.
Thanks to a team effort by researchers and grant money from the stimulus program, the Beckman Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC) will soon be home to a new and uniquely powerful optical imaging system. The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to acquire a frequency-domain diffusive optical imaging (DOT) system to be housed in BIC.
Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last night with guest host Sanjay Gupta and fellow neuroscience researcher David Strayer of the University of Utah to talk about the effects digital devices may be having on human cognition and behavior.
Beckman Institute Director Art Kramer is one of five neuroscientists who took a float trip down Utah's San Juan River to think about and discuss how the digital devices so common to our existence in the 21st Century might be affecting our thought processes and behavior. The New York Times documented the event for its Sunday Technology section.