Every day, we face the challenge of balancing our wants and needs, prioritizing essential requirements while efficiently utilizing our resources. We become experts at prioritizing needs that are important (e.g. a meal when we are very hungry), forming flexible plans (i.e. actions that get us what we need) that are integral to our survival. However, it remains to be fully understood how we balance our needs to form this dynamic interplay of our motivators and actions. Do we have independent cognitive modules that aim to optimize each of our wants?
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute celebrated the Class of 2023 Neuroscience majors during its annual Class Day Ceremony on May 29th. The event recognized graduating seniors for their academic accomplishments, as well as those that received honors and senior thesis prizes.
PNI faculty members, Lindy McBride and Jesse Gomez, along with graduate student Jessica Ye (Buschman lab), honored with awards for outstanding mentoring (McBride) and teaching (Gomez and Ye).
Lindy McBride receives Graduate Mentoring Award
Fenna Krienen has been awarded funding by the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund that will "will develop minimally invasive technologies that enable the addition or deletion of large DNA fragments and the ability to “write” new genetic information into a specific DNA site." Read more ahout this exciting new work here.
Tim Buschman, Associate Professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, has been awarded the prestigious Troland Research Award for “groundbreaking insights into the neural mechanisms of cognitive control.” Each year, the National Academy of Science presents this award to two early-career researchers who have made significant innovative contributions to experimental psychology. Prof.
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute has granted innovator awards to two cutting-edge collaborative teams. Professors Gould and Buschman, together with the director of the PNI viral core, Dr. Huang, will use their award to develop innovative tools to expand the space of questions we can ask about perineuronal nets. Professors Daw and Witten will use their award to support innovative research at the computational level, testing a new comprehensive framework for modelling reward prediction error in the brain.
Current third year graduate student Sade Abiodun was recently interviewed by the Society for Neuroscience as part of their Future of Neuroscience series. Sade shares her story of how she came to study neurocinematics, as well as discusses her film making career. Read the full story here.
The Simons Foundation recently published an article entitled "A New Era for the Neuroscience of Social Behavior". Written by former PNI postdoc Brian DePasquale, the article details some of the astounding work in the field that has been performed, with great contributions from PNI faculty and trainees including: Director Mala Murthy, Assistant Professor Annegret Falkner, Professor Ilana Witten, and former graduate students Lindsay Willmore and Talmo Pereira.
The Neuroscience Research Experience is designed to provide sophomore students with an in-lab research experience. NEU250 is intended to be a credit-bearing grade optional P/D/F course.
PNI will be hosting TigerBrain: The PNI Postdoc Scholars Symposium on Friday, May 12, 2023. We are inviting all postdocs thinking about entering the academic job market, and interested in faculty positions at Princeton, to apply to present their work at TigerBrain. In addition to a speaking spot, we also offer the opportunity to meet 1:1 with our faculty members and trainees as well as tour ouf facilities. There also will be a reception and dinner. All expenses paid.
Anyone of us has experienced at least once the bite of a mosquito. Beside being unpleasant, it is a very mysterious behavior: Why are some mosquitos attracted to humans ?
Professor Sabine Kastner has been awarded the 2023 Annual George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience. Please read more here. Congratulations, Sabine!
Faced with climate change, a pandemic, and political unrest around the globe, it can feel all too easy to succumb to a sense of hopelessness. How do some people bounce back from adversity faster than others, and can those who struggle teach themselves to be more resilient over time?
Dr. Cate Peña, an Assistant Professor in PNI, was selected as a New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Robertson Neuroscience Investigator. The NYSCF Investigator Program fosters and encourages promising early career scientists whose cutting-edge research holds the potential to accelerate treatments and cures.