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CNBC's 20th Anniversary Celebration

October 17–18, 2014





Exhibition October 10 – 26, 2014


work in and around the brain

Curated by Patricia Maurides in collaboration with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition




Featuring investigations, translations and reflections by artists and neuroscientists.

Upcoming Events

09-08 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Guest speaker, David C Glahn, Ph.D

09-16 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Kendrick Kay, Washington Univ, St. Louis

09-26 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Pitt Psychology Colloquia

10-17 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Pitt Psychology Colloquia

10-31 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Pitt Psychology Colloquia

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Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

The CNBC is a joint venture of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Our center leverages the strengths of the University of Pittsburgh in basic and clinical neuroscience and those of Carnegie Mellon in cognitive and computational neuroscience to support a coordinated cross-university research and educational program of international stature. In addition to our Ph.D. program in Neural Computation, we sponsor a graduate certificate program in cooperation with a wide variety of affiliated Ph.D. programs.

Within the CNBC, our over 200 world-class faculty and trainees are investigating the cognitive and neural mechanisms that give rise to biological intelligence and behavior. Research topics include affective, cognitive, linguistic, perceptual, motor and social systems in both normal and disordered populations, as well as computational neuroscience. The CNBC also promotes the translation of findings from basic research into applications for medicine, education, robotics and artificial intelligence.

IGN Taps Carnegie Mellon Startup Neon Labs for 30 Percent Boost in Video Views

 Founded on research conducted in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Neon Labs uses an image selection platform to maximize viewership of, and revenue from, digital content. To see the CMU press release, follow this link:



The image above shows two thumbnails promoting videos. The Neon Labs recommended thumbnail increased viewership by 59 percent.


Carnegie Mellon's Rob Kass Details How Statisticians Are Imperative To Advance Federal BRAIN Initiative

Rob KassFor the federal BRAIN Initiative to be successful, statistical research must play a role, according to a white paper from the American Statistical Association (ASA), written by a working group chaired by Carnegie Mellon University's Rob Kass.

In response to calls from the National Science Foundation and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the ASA asked Kass, professor of statistics and machine learning and a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), to lead the working group in detailing the ways statisticians can contribute to this important new federal initiative.

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Diego Pafundo Receives Grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation

The CMU press release can be found at:


New Major In Neuroscience

The CNBC, in collaboration with the Departments of Psychology & Biological Sciences at CMU, is proud to announce the creation of a new major in Neuroscience.

The major, which is available to students in the Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences as well as to those in the Mellon College of Science grew out of a previously established double major in Biology & Psychology.  However, rather than being a unified double major, this represents a more focused single major to train students for a variety of careers in Neuroscience.  The major represents a deeper collaboration between the two colleges and allows students from both colleges to have a more meaningful common educational experience.

All students in the major take a variety of basic science and mathematics courses as well as courses in Cellular Neurobiology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Computational Neuroscience.  Students then begin to specialize in one of these three areas while continuing to have options to explore electives in all three areas of Neuroscience.

Information about the new major can be found here:


Danielle Rager is awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

RagerWhitakerLabPhoto3Danielle Rager, a first-year doctoral student in the CNBC's Program in Neural Computation, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE GSGF). The DOE CSGF provides Danielle with four years of graduate funding as well as the opportunity to do a research practicum at a DOE laboratory using a high-performance computing cluster. With this award, Danielle plans to analyze multi-electrode array recordings of neural activity in primary motor and somatosensory cortices and develop large-scale computational models of the sensorimotor system to determine the task-dependent role of proprioception in motor control. The goals of this research are to understand able-bodied reaching and grasping movements and to develop a closed-loop, proprioceptive feedback mechanism for brain-machine-interface users. Danielle is co-advised by Dr. Valérie Ventura of the CMU Statistics Department and Dr. Douglas Weber of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Bioengineering.