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Newsletter Stories:
Aspiring and Ambitious

The Mind-Body Connection

Alumni Q&A with Patrick Cavanagh

In & Out of the Classroom With Vicki Helgeson

Nature + Nurture

The CoAx Lab

Difficulty Processing Speech May Be an Effect of Dyslexia, Not a Cause

The cognitive skills used to learn how to ride a bike may be the key to a more accurate understanding of developmental dyslexia. And, they may lead to improved interventions.

Lori Holt and Yafit Gabay investigated how procedural learning - how we acquire skills and habits such as riding a bike - impacts how individuals with dyslexia learn speech sound categories. They found that learning complex auditory categories through procedural learning is impaired in dyslexia.

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Alumni Q&A with Patrick Cavanagh

Patrick Cavanagh (DC'72) started out as a computer and electrical engineer, but an interest in artificial intelligence led him to Carnegie Mellon University, where he could study “the really big computer.”
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Training by Repetition Actually Prevents Learning for Those With Autism
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sometimes acquire a new behavior or skill only in a specific context, but they have difficulty transferring that learned skill or information to a new context.

Professor Marlene Behrmann has a new study in Nature Neuroscience that shows how training individuals with ASD to acquire new information by repeating the information actually harms their ability to apply that learned knowledge to other situations. This finding challenges the popular educational approaches designed for ASD individuals that focus on repetition and drills.
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Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars Announced
Psychology major Rubini Naidu and Psychology minor Zora Gilbert have been selected to the Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars Class of 2016.
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Bright Minds, Big Ideas
Laurie Heller received a Google Research Award, which funds cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering and related fields.
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Department of Education Renews PIER Grant for $3.6 Million
Affirming PIER's impressive track record with respect to training students both in their core disciplines and in education research, the award will support 18 CMU doctoral students in three cohorts for four years of their training.
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Psychology Department Turns 100
Over the past century, CMU's Department of Psychology has become a major force in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, computational modeling, developmental psychology, social/health psychology and the science of learning.
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