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graduate training in cognitive/computational neuroscience

Dave Touretzky dst at cs.cmu.edu
Fri Nov 14 17:48:38 EST 1997

			Graduate Training with the
		 Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition offers interdisciplinary
doctoral and postdoctoral training programs operated jointly with
affiliated programs at Carnegie Mellon University and the University
of Pittsburgh.  Detailed information about these programs is available
on our web site at http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu.

The Center is dedicated to the study of the neural basis of cognitive
processes including learning and memory, language and thought,
perception, attention, and planning; to the study of the development
of the neural substrate of these processes; to the study of disorders
of these processes and their underlying neuropathology; and to the
promotion of applications of the results of these studies to
artificial intelligence, robotics, and medicine.

CNBC students have access to some of the finest facilities for
cognitive neuroscience research in the world: Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners for
functional brain imaging, neurophysiology laboratories for recording
from brain slices and from anesthetized or awake, behaving animals,
electron and confocal microscopes for structural imaging, high
performance computing facilities including an in-house supercomputer
for neural modeling and image analysis, and patient populations for
neuropsychological studies.

Students are admitted jointly to a home department and the CNBC
Training Program.  Applications are encouraged from students with
interests in biology, neuroscience, psychology, engineering, physics,
mathematics, computer science, or robotics.  For a brochure describing
the program and application materials, contact us at the following
  Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
  115 Mellon Institute
  4400 Fifth Avenue
  Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  Tel. (412) 268-4000.  Fax: (412) 268-5060
  email: cnbc-admissions at cnbc.cmu.edu

Application materials are also available online.

The affiliated PhD programs at the two universities are:

    Carnegie Mellon		University of Pittsburgh
      Biological Sciences         Mathematics
      Computer Science	          Neurobiology
      Psychology                  Neuroscience
      Robotics                    Psychology

The CNBC training faculty includes:

German Barrionuevo (Pitt Neuroscience):  LTP in hippocampal slice
Marlene Behrmann (CMU Psychology): spatial representations in parietal cortex
Pat Carpenter (CMU Psychology): mental imagery, language, and problem solving
B.J. Casey (Pitt Psychology): attention; developmental cognitive neuroscience
Jonathan Cohen (CMU Psychology): schizophrenia; dopamine and attention
Carol Colby (Pitt Neuroscience): spatial reps. in primate parietal cortex
Bard Ermentrout (Pitt Mathematics): oscillations in neural systems
Julie Fiez (Pitt Psychology): fMRI studies of language
John Horn (Pitt Neurobiology): synaptic plasticity in autonomic ganglia
Allen Humphrey (Pitt Neurobiology): motion processing in primary visual cortex
Marcel Just (CMU Psychology): visual thinking, language comprehension
Eric Klann (Pitt Neuroscience): hippocampal LTP and LTD
Alan Koretsky (CMU Biological Sciences): new fMRI techniques for brain imaging
Tai Sing Lee (CMU Comp. Sci.): primate visual cortex; computer vision
David Lewis (Pitt Neuroscience): anatomy of frontal cortex
James McClelland (CMU Psychology): connectionist models of cognition
Carl Olson (CNBC): spatial representations in primate frontal cortex
David Plaut (CMU Psychology): connectionist models of reading
Michael Pogue-Geile (Pitt Psychology): development of schizophrenia
John Pollock (CMU Biological Sci.): neurodevelopment of the fly visual system
Walter Schneider (Pitt Psych.): fMRI, models of attention & skill acquisition
Charles Scudder (Pitt Neurobiology): motor learning in cerebellum
Susan Sesack (Pitt Neuroscience): anatomy of the dopaminergic system
Dan Simons (Pitt Neurobiology): sensory physiology of the cerebral cortex
William Skaggs (Pitt Neuroscience): representations in rodent hippocampus
David Touretzky (CMU Comp. Sci.): hippocampus, rat navigation, animal learning

See http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu for further details.

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