Martha Farah, PhD – UPenn

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences at University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society

Dr. Farah is a cognitive neuroscientist who works on problems at the interface of neuroscience and society. These include: the effects of childhood poverty on brain development, the expanding use of neuropsychiatric medications by healthy people for brain enhancement, novel uses of brain imaging, and the many ways in which neuroscience is changing the way we think of ourselves as physical, mental, moral and spiritual beings.

Neuroscience @Penn

Neuroscience @Penn is based in the Department of Neuroscience with substantial coordination via the Mahoney Institute of Neuroscience.

Affiliated groups include: Behavioral Neuroscience at Penn, ; Center for Study of Addiction; Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Center for Neuroscience and Society, Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center, Department of Neurology, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, Penn Vision Research Center, Computational Neuroscience at Penn, and Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG).

Noise in mental exploration for learning

Principal Investigator: Joshua Gold, Neuroscience @Penn
Title: The role of noise in mental exploration for learning
BRAIN Category: Individuality and Variation

In our unpredictable world, decision-makers face an inherent trade-off: higher certainty leads to more precise and accurate choices when the world is stable but an inability to adjust to change, whereas less certainty can lead to greater adaptability but also more variable and imprecise decisions. The investigators propose that this trade-off is regulated by interactions between arousal and cortical systems.

Joshua Gold, PhD – Penn

Professor of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Gold Lab
Chair, Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG)
Co-Director, Computational Neuroscience Initiative

Dr. Gold's recent work has begun to identify how and where in the brain inference processes are implemented, particularly in the service of perceptual and reward-based decision-making.

Penn Neuroscience Center (video)

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James Eberwine, PhD – Penn Med

Elmer Holmes Bobst Professor of Pharmacology and Co-Director of the PENN Genome Frontiers Institute
Member of BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group (NIAAA council)

Dr. Eberwine is a molecular neurobiologist whose research efforts focus on understanding the functioning of individual neurons and subregions of neurons, called dendrites, by using molecular biological tools. He has developed various analytical procedures that permit characterization of the mRNA and protein complement of single cells.

Frances E. Jensen, MD – Penn Medicine

Chair, Department of Neurology and Professor of Neurology at University of Pennsylvania
Member of Multi-Council Working Group (NCCAM council)

The primary focus of my research is to investigate pathophysiological mechanisms of epilepsy and stroke, and secondary effects on synaptic plasticity. A secondary goal is to elucidate age-dependent differences in such mechanisms, and to examine the interactions between brain development, excitotoxic brain injury, epilepsy and cognition.

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