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Matthew Elliott: Modeling Networks
09/26/2012

Matthew Elliott: Modeling Networks

Marcus Woo
Matthew Elliott is Caltech's newest assistant professor of economics. After receiving his PhD from Stanford in 2011, he spent a year at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before arriving in Pasadena this fall.
When Judging Portraits, Distance Matters
09/26/2012

When Judging Portraits, Distance Matters

Katie Neith
Previous studies have examined how our social judgments of pictures of people are influenced by factors such as whether the person is smiling or frowning, but until now one factor has never been investigated: the distance between the photographer and the subject.
Making the Healthy Choice
09/26/2012

Making the Healthy Choice

Marcus Woo
Almost everyone knows the feeling: you see a delicious piece of chocolate cake on the table, but as you grab your fork, you think twice. The cake is too fattening and unhealthy, you tell yourself. Maybe you should skip dessert. But the cake still beckons.
13th Volume of Einstein's Papers Published
09/26/2012

13th Volume of Einstein's Papers Published

Kimm Fesenmaier
A new volume in the Einstein Papers Project is scheduled to be released on September 25. This volume covers a turbulent 15 months in the physicist's life and includes several hundred previously unpublished and unknown articles and letters, some of which express his desire for "a normal life."
NIMH Awards $9 Million Grant to Caltech Researchers
09/10/2012

NIMH Awards $9 Million Grant to Caltech Researchers

Brian Bell

The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded a five-year, $9 million grant to a research group Caltech to study the neurobiology of social decision making.

The grant establishes a Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research, where researchers will use electrophysiology and functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how humans make social decisions. 

Decision Making 2012
09/05/2012

Decision Making 2012

Marcus Woo
Caltech neuroscientists have been looking directly into the brain in the hope of homing in on just how people make voting decisions—and, in particular, whether electability really is in the eye of the beholder.
montage of voter guide text
Thinking and Choosing in the Brain
08/21/2012

Thinking and Choosing in the Brain

Katie Neith

By mapping the brain lesions of patients, neuroscientists at Caltech were able to show that reasoning and behavioral control are dependent on different regions of the lobes than the areas called upon when making a decision.

Forging Ahead
06/20/2012

Forging Ahead

Marcus Woo

Tom Harris came to Caltech with an undeclared major, thinking he would study computer science. But, having been an avid Lego builder as a kid, he was drawn to mechanical engineering. He also has an interest in medieval history, which similarly dates back to his childhood—he loved pirates and knights, and both his parents were history majors—and after he took Brown's medieval history class, his impression of the study of history changed.

L.A. Times Shines Spotlight on HSS
06/19/2012

L.A. Times Shines Spotlight on HSS

Kimm Fesenmaier

Caltech's core curriculum is designed to prepare students for the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary research in science and technology and requires that they complete what amounts to a class each quarter in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). The Los Angeles Times recently focused the spotlight on this aspect of the Caltech experience, featuring several of the division's students. 

The Path Less Traveled
06/14/2012

The Path Less Traveled

Katie Neith

Growing up, Katie Brennan didn't have a lot of opportunities to travel. So when she started her biology studies at Caltech, one of her main goals was to explore the world. Thanks to a plenitude of funding from the Institute, Brennan—a graduating senior—can now cross two more continents and the mountains of Washington State off her list.