Interdisciplinary Research

One of our early efforts in this regard, the Neuromorphic Engineering Hub, is being led by Todd Gillette.

Numerous new disciplines have arisen over the past ten to twenty years based on neurosience research. One of the objectives of the Neuroscience Knowledge Network is to provide people and organizations exploring these new collaborations with Hubs that facilitate the evolution and promotion of these new fields of study and practice.

Humans are wired for prejudice but… not end of story

Neuroscience has begun to tease out the neural underpinnings of prejudice in the human brain.

We now know that prejudiced behavior is controlled through a complex neural pathway consisting of cortical and sub-cortical regions. The vast majority of brain research has focused on the amygdala and the cortical regions that influence it.


Author’s Bio

Caitlin Millett is a blogger and neuroscience graduate student at Penn State College of Medicine.

Caitlin’s thesis research delves into the role of zinc signaling in hippocampal atrophy- a hallmark of progressed depression and bipolar disorder.


PhD graduate student in Neural and Behavioral Science, Pennsylvania State University –present


Simmons College, BS, 2012

More information on Millet’s The Conversation page

The Conversation 2/4/15

Humans are wired for prejudice but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story

All people have prejudices, but learning more about them could help keep them in check. Crowd image via

Humans are highly social creatures. Our brains have evolved to allow us to survive and thrive in complex social environments. Accordingly, the behaviors and emotions that help us navigate our social sphere are entrenched in networks ...

Equity theory and fair inequality

People’s preferences for income distribution fundamentally affect their behavior and contribute to shaping important social and political institutions. The study of such preferences has become a major topic in behavioral research in social psychology and economics. There is no direct neuronal evidence of how the brain responds to income distributions when people have made different contributions in terms of work effort.

The present paper reports from, to our knowledge, the first neuroimaging study designed to examine how the brain responds to the distribution of income in such situations.

Stanford researchers bridge education and neuroscience

As methods of imaging the brain improve, neuroscientists and educators can now identify changes in children’s brains as they learn, and start to develop ways of personalizing instruction for kids who are falling behind.

Bruce McCandliss, a professor of education leads an interdisciplinary team of Stanford scientists who are all involved in the growing field of educational neuroscience.

Architects applying Neuroscience

Advances in brain science and brain-computer interfaces have already been adopted by architectural research; if not for scientific experimentations, then design ones.

And that research is happening thanks to the experimental frontiers only possible in academia. But aside from experimental novelty, neuroscience stands to help architects better understand not just their process, but subsequently, how the discipline is taught.

Positive Effects of Music on Brain & Behavior

Review article by Kathleen Howard, Professor of Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music.

As a professor of music therapy, I’m preparing the next generation of music therapists to work in a variety of settings: early intervention programs, public schools, hospice and palliative care, cancer clinics, nursing homes and private practice. For many students, it’s an attractive opportunity – a chance to use their artistry to make the world a better place.
The Conversation 3/16/15 (cc)

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