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Caltech Neuroscientist Receives Grant to Study How Autistic Patients Process Facial Information
05/17/2005

Caltech Neuroscientist Receives Grant to Study How Autistic Patients Process Facial Information

Robert Tindol
Ralph Adolphs, a neuroscientist at the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Cure Autism Now foundation to study the way that autistic patients process information about other people's facial expressions.
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Matthew O. Jackson Named Guggenheim Fellow
04/18/2005

Matthew O. Jackson Named Guggenheim Fellow

Matthew O. Jackson, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology, has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Jackson is one of 186 fellowship recipients, who include artists, scholars, and scientists.
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Scientists Use fMRI to Catch Test Subjects in the Act of Trusting One Another
03/31/2005

Scientists Use fMRI to Catch Test Subjects in the Act of Trusting One Another

Robert Tindol
Who do you trust? The question may seem distinctly human--and limited only to "quality" humans, at that--but it turns out that trust is handled by the human brain in pretty much the same way that obtaining a food award is handled by the brain of an insect. In other words, it's all a lot more primitive than we think.
Negative Impacts of Dam Construction on Human Populations Can Be Reduced, Author Says
03/01/2005

Negative Impacts of Dam Construction on Human Populations Can Be Reduced, Author Says

Robert Tindol
Despite the adverse impacts of large dam construction on ecosystems and human settlements, more and more dams are likely to be built in the 21st century wherever there is a need to store water for irrigated agriculture, urban water supplies, and power generation. But world societies and governments would do well to evaluate the consequences of dam construction as an integral part of the planning process, a leading authority writes in a new book.
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New study provides insights into the brain's remembrance of emotional events
03/01/2005

New study provides insights into the brain's remembrance of emotional events

Robert Tindol
Those of us who are old enough to remember the Kennedy assassination are usually able to remember the initial announcement almost as if it's a movie running in our heads. That's because there is a well-known tendency for people to have enhanced memory of a highly emotional event, and further, a memory that focuses especially on the "gist" of the event.
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Caltech Author's Take on Desperate Housewives, Family Fights, and Suburban Paranoia
01/12/2005

Caltech Author's Take on Desperate Housewives, Family Fights, and Suburban Paranoia

Deborah Williams-Hedges
What does Merrill Joan Gerber, a lecturer in creative writing at the California Institute of Technology, know about desperate housewives, family feuds, and the façades of middle-class suburbia?
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Neuroscientists discover that humans evaluate emotions by looking at the eyes
01/05/2005

Neuroscientists discover that humans evaluate emotions by looking at the eyes

Robert Tindol
If your mother ever told you to watch out for strangers with shifty eyes, you can start taking her advice to heart. Neuroscientists exploring a region of the brain associated with the recognition of emotional expressions have concluded that it is the eye region that we scan when our brains process information about other people's emotions.
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Einstein: Release of Volume 9, The Berlin Years
11/10/2004

Einstein: Release of Volume 9, The Berlin Years

Marcus Woo

Early in the 20th century, scientists were grappling with a controversial and complex new theory from Albert Einstein: defying Newton's Principia that stated space was fixed and time was absolute, inexorably ticking away, Einstein's general theory of relativity held that matter actually changes the shape of a combined space-time.

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Media Can Call to Discuss Election: What Worked, What Didn't
11/02/2004

Media Can Call to Discuss Election: What Worked, What Didn't

Jill Perry
Researchers from the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project are available to discuss how voting technology performed on election day and other election-related issues, via conference call with the news media, Nov. 3 at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m EST.
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Memo to VTP Reporters
09/08/2004

Memo to VTP Reporters

Marcus Woo
Sent out as a "note" to reporters in the VTP database.
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