Coordinating actions in the absence of sensory cues
9 August 2021
When people coordinate their actions, they share similar patterns of brain activity and behaviour – even if they can’t see or hear each other.
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Lipid by-products linked to learning and memory formation
29 July 2021
The brain produces saturated free fatty acids during learning and memory formation, suggesting a previously unknown role for these lipid by-products.
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A new maestro in the brain’s orchestra
16 July 2021
A single chandelier neuron can initiate rhythmic electrical activity at specific frequencies in brain circuits formed by thousands of cells. Read more.
Investigating curious chemical changes to help stroke patients
8 July 2021
Brain damage during a stroke can cause patients to go blind. Recovery was thought to rely on two factors – but researchers have just discovered one more.
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Attentional lapses are linked to local sleep-like activity in the awake brain
5 July 2021
The presence of slow waves in the awake brain is linked to lapses in attention such as mind-wandering and mind-blanking.
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Overcoming bias when analysing transcriptomics data
17 June 2021
A common method for linking gene expression with brain structure and function is affected by substantial bias. A new software toolbox can help researchers overcome them.
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Deciphering claustrum connectivity
17 May 2021
A new model suggests that connectivity between the claustrum and cortex is organised by function, not location.
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A salience misattribution model for addictive-like behaviours
13 April 2021
Assigning too much importance to drug-related stimuli could be one driver of addictive behaviours, according to a new theory.
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Brain changes across the psychosis continuum
21 March 2021
The severity of psychotic experiences, regardless of a schizophrenia diagnosis, is linked to altered brain connections during sensory learning.
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Spatial navigation beyond the hippocampus
16 March 2021
Brain imaging has expanded our understanding of the regions responsible for spatial navigation.
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Testing a theory of consciousness in flies
15 March 2021
Tests in fruit flies show that “informational structures” of the brain could be used to measure levels of consciousness.
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The brain’s alpha waves are linked to awareness
4 March 2021
An inattentional blindness task shows that brain waves known as alpha oscillations are directly linked to awareness.
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Movies offer new tool for studying adaptive brain function
25 February 2021
Movies can be used as a structured simulation of the real world, giving researchers a reliable and reproducible way to study the brain’s responses.
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Detecting ultra-low fluorescence with a new light-sensing device
11 February 2021
An organic photodetector measures the activity of brain cells at high resolution, overcoming the limitations of existing techniques.
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Measuring changes in attention, not perception
21 January 2021
Attention and perception are separate brain processes. A tool commonly used to track one could actually be measuring the other.
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Mapping cell density in the human eye
14 December 2020
A new map of cell density in the human retina will help researchers better understand visual perception.
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Coating carbon fibres to improve neural interfacing
17 November 2020
A new carbon-based coating improves the performance of carbon-fibre microelectrodes, enabling two-way communication with single brain cells.
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A new open dataset for studying the brain
3 November 2020
The publicly accessible Monash rsPET-MR dataset will help researchers to understand network dynamics in the brain.
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Twisted topographic maps in the brain
29 October 2020
Researchers have identified a new type of visual representation in the brain, using modelling and electrophysiological techniques.
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New recommendations on best practices in neuroimaging research
19 October 2020
New recommendations for reporting on EEG and MEG experiments aim to improve the reproducibility of neuroimaging research.
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Many women feel ‘phantom kicks’ after pregnancy
15 October 2020
The prevalence of ‘phantom kicks’ after the end of pregnancy has implications for fetal health monitoring and women’s mental health.
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Primates form and use abstract rules
6 October 2020
A new theoretical framework describes how humans and other primates use the prefrontal cortex to make and update the rules that guide their behaviours.
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Predicting the severity of psychotic symptoms
3 October 2020
Rather than considering schizophrenia symptoms as present or absent, researchers are using machine learning to predict their severity on a continuous scale.
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Injuries disrupt the brain’s distributed connectivity
14 September 2020
Damage to one hemisphere of the brain can lead to decreased connectivity across the brain, beyond the site of injury.
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Haemoglobin levels affect the results of brain connectivity studies
11 September 2020
Natural variations in haemoglobin levels should be considered when using functional MRI to study brain connectivity.
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Parenthood permanently changes the brain
27 August 2020
The experience of raising children is linked to life-long changes to the brain’s structure in mothers and fathers.
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Better multitasking takes practice
24 August 2020
New research shows that multitasking involves more of the brain than previously thought, which might also explain why practice improves performance.
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Evidence of a link between learning errors and psychotic-like experiences
18 August 2020
Poor predictive models may hinder the brain’s ability to perceive our environment correctly, potentially leading to psychotic-like experiences.
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Attention and decision-making are closely related
6 August 2020
New research disproves a commonly held belief that attention and decision-making are two independent processes.
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Beneath the Surface and Inside Out: exploring neuroscience through art
3 August 2020
Artworks combining textiles and neuroscience explore the connection – and the potential disconnect – between the brain’s internal and external worlds.
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Dream Catcher: finding the link between brain and mind
17 July 2020
Conducting the Dream Catcher test for the first time suggests that we don’t understand electroencephalography (EEG) data enough to explain how our minds work.
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The fractal properties of brain activity are part of a bigger picture
6 July 2020
In the primate visual system, fractal-like patterns of activity are found in brain cells that help to detect danger.
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Electricity and biology combine to control the effects of brain stimulation
25 June 2020
Brain structure and chemical concentration influence the effects of brain stimulation.
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Developing a reliable measure of consciousness
28 May 2020
A new approach based on statistical modelling suggests that brain activity alone could be used to determine levels of consciousness.
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Visual processing relies on a balance between selectivity and invariance
25 May 2020
In the earliest stages of visual processing, the brain detects and processes specific visual features by recognising a simple set of patterns.
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A potential disadvantage of fast brain processing
9 April 2020
The brain shortcuts that help us respond quickly to threats might also be involved in psychiatric disorders like anxiety, ADHD and autism.
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Blink and you’ll miss it
16 March 2020
A new method for measuring rapid brain activity helps to explain why our brains can’t process many things at once.
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Exciting news about an inhibitory neurotransmitter
3 March 2020
A common neurotransmitter thought to inhibit cell signalling in the brain can also excite certain types of cells.
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Creating and sharing detailed maps of brain connections
3 March 2020
The Marmoset Brain Connectivity Atlas is the first large-scale map of the network of connections in a non-human primate brain.
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Why have mammals evolved different ways of seeing?
24 February 2020

Investigating four mammalian species could fill important gaps in our understanding of visual processing.
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Improving hands-free communication using brain-computer interfaces
23 January 2020

A newly developed virtual keyboard reveals the importance of usability and realistic testing when developing brain-computer interface systems.
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Mapping white matter in unprecedented detail
21 January 2020

The first high-resolution 3D map of white matter in marmosets brings us a step closer to understanding brain connectivity in humans.

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Improving the resolution of restored vision
12 December 2019

A new strategy for electrically stimulating retinal cells may help retinal prostheses to deliver sharper vision.

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What do brain activity and your daily commute have in common?
5 December 2019

The brain uses well-worn pathways to transmit information when we perform simple tasks, but it creates new pathways in response to more difficult tasks.

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Complex tasks reveal a weakness in newly created brain pathways
21 November 2019

Deficits in brain connectivity in people with corpus callosum dysgenesis may not be obvious when they are at rest or undertake simple tasks, but emerge only when they face complex tasks.

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Brain cells across the auditory cortex respond to changes in pitch
29 October 2019

In non-human primates, different areas of the auditory cortex process information about pitch, an important aspect of animal communication.

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Background emotional information can influence decision-making
27 August 2019

Participants’ performance on a conflict resolution task was faster and more accurate after they viewed a negative emotional image.

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A new technique for detecting electrical activity deep in the brain
15 August 2019

Electrical impedance tomography could be used to measure brain activity in previously difficult-to-access areas.

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Making the effects of brain stimulation more predictable
8 August 2019

Researchers have discovered that transcranial direct current stimulation interacts with learning to affect behaviour.

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Rajiv Madipakkam et al. (2015). Frontiers for Young Minds, 3, 4. Published under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
Random noise can boost visual perception
16 July 2019

Although it may seem counterintuitive, our perception of low-contrast images can be improved by adding noise to the images themselves or directly to the brain.

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Image by David Lloyd, University of Queensland
What you pay attention to depends on your goal
16 July 2019

Attention is allocated differently to objects depending on what kind of goal they are relevant to.

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Understanding SK1, a channel protein that doesn’t act like a channel protein
11 July 2019

Researchers have discovered the role of a protein in rat brain cells that does not behave as expected.

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Individual responses to brain stimulation are related to two brain features
2 July 2019

Two studies reveal that the differences in how people react to transcranial direct current stimulation are related to neurochemical concentrations and brain structure.

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Why complex cells behave like simple cells
4 June 2019

A switch in how some brain cells respond to visual scenes is caused by changes in the whole network, rather than in the cells themselves.

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Paying attention promotes surprise-based brain activity
9 May 2019

Populations of brain cells involved in managing surprise become more active with attention to visual stimuli.

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Perception relies on integrating both new and old information
2 May 2019

New experimental techniques separating attention from expectation show how the brain integrates new sensory information with old information about previous events.

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Expanding your mind
19 February 2019

Areas of the brain that have evolved to be much bigger in humans than in other primates act as communication hubs.

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A newly discovered pathway in the brain helps us recognise fearful expressions
7 February 2019

Researchers have found a brain pathway that quickly transmits visual information, helping to settle a debate about its existence in humans.

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When vision is affected by eye damage, the brain can create its own imagery
22 January 2019

A subset of people with age-related eye diseases develop hallucinations because their brains overreact to images in their peripheral vision.

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Our attention can jump between visible and invisible objects
13 December 2018

The discovery that we can focus our attention on invisible things is helping us understand the relationship between attention and consciousness.

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Centre scientist selected for Superstars of STEM
11 December 2018

Dr Sharna Jamadar, a Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, has been selected to join the prestigious Superstars of STEM program. Entry into the program is highly competitive and she will spend the next two years undertaking activities that aim to remove society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM.

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Could K-cells save your life?
29 November 2018

Our ability to respond quickly to imminent physical danger could be due to a small group of brain cells known as K-cells.

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How hearing helps you see
20 November 2018

One-way connections between the parts of the brain involved in hearing and seeing help the brain to quickly react to new sensory information.

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Disrupted connectivity between brain areas may explain the development of schizophrenia
25 October 2018

Some highly interconnected areas of the brain are more vulnerable to disruption than others, which could explain how disorders such as schizophrenia develop.

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Healthy people who have psychotic-like experiences also have decreased brain connectivity
18 October 2018

Researchers have discovered a link between psychotic-like experiences in otherwise healthy individuals and disruption to their brain connectivity – which could be used to identify people at high risk of developing schizophrenia.

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Research on a syndrome caused by a DNA deletion offers clues to the emergence of schizophrenia
16 October 2018

Brain-mapping studies of a syndrome that increases the risk of developing schizophrenia can help researchers to understand the brain changes leading to the emergence of this psychiatric disorder.

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You can memorise faces in a single glance without trying
9 October 2018

New research shows that we create detailed memories of faces in a single glance without trying. Surprisingly, trying to recall them doesn't improve our memory very much.

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Ethics and the brave new brain
25 September 2018

Advances in neuroscience and AI could revolutionise medicine but they also pose significant ethical and social challenges. If a brain computer interface can allow a blind person to see, or restore speech to those who’ve lost the ability to communicate, what does this mean for a person’s sense of self, personal responsibility, or privacy? Find out on Radio National's All in the Mind program.

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Using physics to understand the ‘music’ of the brain
9 August 2018

A physics-based approach successfully explains mysterious oscillations in brain activity that are like the notes produced by a musical instrument.

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Paying attention helps your brain process what you can’t see
2 August 2018

Paying attention to a location helps the brain to process not just what you can see there, but also what you can’t – suggesting that attention and awareness are controlled by different pathways in the brain.

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Without attention, you can see a lot – but not everything
31 July 2018

Novel research shows that we can be conscious of a face’s gender even when paying little or no attention to it.

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The brain uses the same pathways when we produce speech and predict sounds
12 July 2018

By comparing brain activity when individuals are making sounds, anticipating forthcoming sounds or listening to sounds passively, researchers have shown that the same pathways are involved.

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Redrawing the map of brain connections involved in extinguishing learned fear
22 May 2018

The identification of a new connection in the brain involved in reducing the fear response upends the current model of fear extinction.

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Polar expedition: mapping connections at the tip of the brain
15 May 2018

Humans are not the only primate species to have subdivisions in the frontopolar cortex.

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What’s that? How the brain makes sense of objects in surprising and unsurprising places
8 May 2018

Several areas of the brain involved in processing visual information respond differently depending on whether an object is in an expected or an unexpected location.

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From noise to meaning: how visual information makes sense
26 April 2018

Dr Elizabeth Zavitz, an Affiliate Postdoctoral Researcher based at Monash University, has created a digital exhibition that illustrates how different types of visual information combine to produce our perception experience.

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A part of the brain can still see – even if you can’t
26 April 2018

Even if the primary visual cortex is damaged — causing blindness — the pathway that transmits visual information from the retina is not completely destroyed. The penultimate stop on the pathway still processes visual information, even if it has nowhere to go.

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In-phase doesn’t help, anti-phase doesn’t hinder
12 April 2018

In-phase or anti-phase electrical stimulation of the brain’s hemispheres does not affect the ability to track objects moving between the left and right fields of vision.

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Your brain is full of spots, and somebody has counted all of them
28 March 2018

The distribution of highly active cells in the brain’s visual processing area reveals similarities between humans and other primates.

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Rhythmic brain waves determine what you see – or don’t see
27 March 2018

Rhythmic brain waves determine what you see – or don’t see.

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Seeing fast, acting slow
13 March 2018

Identifying an object in an unexpected location is quick, but responding to it is slowed down.

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Studying a syndrome caused by a DNA deletion could provide insights into how schizophrenia develops
1 March 2018

A syndrome that increases the risk of developing schizophrenia is also linked to increased sensitivity to repeated sounds.

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Greater flexibility in brain networks helps you solve harder puzzles
15 February 2018

The more different your brain networks are between resting and reasoning, the better your chances of solving difficult tasks.

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Brain stimulation reverses the effects of fast music on learning
8 February 2018

Listening to high-tempo music can impair learning, but electrical brain stimulation reverses the effects.

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Learning to look faster
6 February 2018

Repetitive training can improve what was thought to be an entirely reflexive behaviour.

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Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge 2018
1 February 2018

Teacher registrations are open for round 1 of the Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge, a neuroscience competition for secondary school students. Round 1 is held during Brain Awareness Week (12-16 March 2018).

Register today.
Attention and conscious awareness: similar or opposing?
1 February 2018

Attention and perceptual awareness can have similar or opposing effects, depending on the circumstances.

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Grasping how the brain controls reaching behaviour
30 January 2018

The brain area responsible for visually guided movements – such as reaching, pointing and grasping – is divided into three subregions with distinct yet complementary roles.

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Electrically stimulating the brain while training also enhances performance on untrained tasks
23 January 2018

Electrical stimulation applied to the brain during training can boost performance on new, untrained tasks mediated by the same brain areas.

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Brain champions needed
11 January 2018

The Australian Brain Alliance is looking for Brain Champions to help spread the word and send politicians an important message: that Australians want to crack the brain’s code!

Sign up on their website.
Kiwi kid qualifies for International Brain Bee
9 January 2018

New Zealand High School student Alan Li, 16, is the first in his country to qualify for the International Brain Bee competition and will travel to Berlin next year. It comes after he won the New Zealand national finals section of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge held in Sydney earlier this month.

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New paper from Travis, Dux & Mattingley (UQ)
19 December 2018

Travis, S. L., Dux, P. E., & Mattingley, J. B. (2017). Re-Examining the Influence of Attention and Consciousness on Visual Afterimage Duration. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance, 43(12), 1944-1949. doi:10.1037/xhp0000458
Mattingley, Breakspear and Carter help progress Aust Brain Alliance initiatives
14 December 2017

The Brain Function CoE’s Jason Mattingley, Michael Breakspear and Adrian Carter chaired working groups as part of the ‘Brains at the Dome‘ event held by the Australian Brain Alliance (ABA) on 7 December in Canberra. Visit the Australian Academy of Science website to read a copy of the Canberra Declaration.
Brain Function CoE annual meeting awards
7 December 2017

Congratulations to the Centre's Marcello Rosa, Tristan Chaplin, Matthew Tang, James Roberts, Jessica Despard and Lisa Hutton for receiving awards at the Centre's annual meeting.
And the Brain Bee winner is…
7 December 2017

The Australian winner of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge was Elaine Cheung from MacRobertson Girls’ High School in Melbourne and the runner-up was Wenjing Chen from James Ruse Agricultural High School in NSW. The New Zealand champion was Alan Li from Lincoln High School in the South Island and the runner-up was Jemima Po from the Diocesan School for Girls in the North Island.
Neuroethics mini documentary released
7 December 2017

The Centre’s Neuroethics Program Coordinator, Adrian Carter, has featured in a mini documentary produced by Monash University. The video examines the fundamental questions being raised by our growing understanding of the human brain and features experts in philosophy, psychiatry and law.

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Pitch 2017 winners!
5 December 2017

Congratulations to Molis Yunzab, Ali Almasi and Babak Nasr (pictured L-R) who won the Centre’s inaugural early career research ‘The Pitch’ competition during the Centre's annual dinner. The winning team will now receive $4000 to conduct their pitch project during 2018 and they will present their results at the 2018 annual meeting in Brisbane.
New paper from CI Greg Stuart
5 December 2017

Jones, S.L, To, M-S and Stuart, G.J. (2017) Dendritic small conductance calcium-activated potassium channels activated by action potentials suppress EPSPs and gate spike-timing dependent synaptic plasticity. eLife 6:e30333 doi: 10.7554/eLife.30333
Prestigious scholarship awarded to young investigator
1 December 2017

Cooper Smout, an early career researcher from the Mattingley lab at the University of Queensland, has been awarded a prestigious and competitive 2018 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. Cooper will use the award funding to visit the Predictive Brain Lab, based at the Donders Institute in The Netherlands.
Young investigator wins best talk award
1 December 2017

Nicholas Bland, a PhD student with the Mattingley lab at the University of Queensland, has recently won a ‘Best Talk’ award at the 2017 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting.
Best poster award for young researcher
1 December 2017

Luke Hearne, an early career researcher with the Mattingley lab at the University of Queensland, was recently awarded ‘Best Poster’ at the 2017 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting.
First Gender Equity and Diversity Committee meeting held
28 November 2018

Our new Gender Equity and Diversity Committee had its first meeting on 9 November 2017. The Committee’s purpose is to provide advice and guidance to the Executive Committee with regard to issues pertaining to gender equity and diversity in the Centre. They aim to propose strategies to improve gender equity and diversity within the Centre, in line with our gender equity policy.
FENS Brain Function CoE 2018 Satellite Meeting announced
28 November 2017

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function and Ruhr-University Bochum are co-hosting a satellite meeting as part of the 11th FENS Forum on Neuroscience in Berlin, Germany.

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Associate Investigator Alex Fornito widely recognised
21 November 2017

Alex Fornito, an Associate Investigator with the Centre based at Monash University, has had a tremendously successful year with numerous accolades and awards. They include the Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk Medal, a prestigious 2017 Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Senior Medical Research Fellowship and one of Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers for 2017.
New paper from Ward and Egan
14 November 2017

Phillip G.D.Ward, Nicholas J.Ferris, ParneshRaniga, David L.Dowe, Amanda C.L.Ng, David G.Barnes, Gary F.Egan (January 2018). Combining images and anatomical knowledge to improve automated vein segmentation in MRI. NeuroImage.
Honeybees could teach drones a thing or two about safe landing
7 November 2017

When honeybees fly around from flower to flower, they control their flight speed so that the images of the world on their retinas move at a fixed speed. But why would they care what speed objects appear to be moving?

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New paper from UQ node
2 November 2017

Verghese, A., Mattingley, J., Palmer, P., Dux, P. (2017). From eyes to hands: Transfer of learning in the Simon task across motor effectors. Atten Percept Psychophys doi: 10.3758/s13414-017-1427-1.
Phil Ward wins VESKI Victoria Fellowship
31 October 2017

Congratulations to Phil Ward who was awarded a Victoria Fellowship at the VESKI Victoria Science prizes last week. Phil, a post-doc based at Monash University, will use his $18,000 award to study new techniques at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre to measure how blood vessels respond to changes in brain function, whilst also measuring the amount of oxygen being metabolised.
Paxinos reappointed NHMRC senior research fellow
19 October 2017

Congratulations to one of our Chief Investigators, George Paxinos, who was recently reappointed as a NHMRC senior research fellow (2018-2022). George will continue to work on histological and MRI atlases of brain and spinal cord for research and clinical practice.
Brain research moving in the right direction
12 October 2017

Brain activity ebbs and flows like ocean waves during a tropical storm. The turbulent waves of activity form micro patterns even when we’re sleeping or under anaesthesia, but how these patterns relate to what we’re currently seeing and experiencing is not completely understood.

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Breakspear award and report
12 October 2017

Michael Breakspear from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane was recently an RANZCP Senior Researcher Award winner for his abstract: Brain Network Disturbances in Affective Disorders.

Michael has also recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports: Justin J. Chapman, James A. Roberts, Vinh T. Nguyen and Michael Breakspear, ‘Quantification of free-living activity patterns using accelerometry in adults with mental illness‘.
Transmission wires alert the brain to what the eyes see
12 October 2017

When we see something, our eyes send messages to our brain through the optic nerves. Each nerve contains around a million long ‘wires’, called axons, which carry information from ganglion cells in the retina to relevant parts of the brain. Although at least 20 ganglion cell types have been discovered in primate retinas, how each type contributes to visual processing is not clear.

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The way certain brain cells communicate with each other may underlie how we see things
10 October 2017

It’s clear that our conscious experiences – what we perceive and feel at each moment – have something to do with the brain. But what exactly is the connection? Understanding how conscious experience comes from brains is one of the greatest challenges facing neuroscientists.

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A part of the brain specialised in humans helps manage competing goals
3 October 2017

This study suggests that a part of the brain called ‘frontopolar cortex’ plays a role in assessing the value of an alternative goal and switching to it if it’s more beneficial.

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Examining the brain under threat
28 September 2017

We are more likely to be surprised when we feel anxious. This is reflected in increased brain activity and disrupted connections within the brain. Novel or uncertain situations can make us a little anxious and more alert to potential danger. This state of hypervigilance is helpful in the case of real threats, but when it becomes persistent – such as in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – it can be incapacitating.

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$20k grant for Teri Furlong, UNSW
28 September 2017

Dr Teri Furlong from UNSW was recently awarded a $20,000 seed grant from Parkinson’s NSW. The grant will enable Teri to extend her Brain Function CoE research.
Stripes and pinwheels, the fashion for vision
19 September 2017

Cells in the visual cortex are organised in a “pinwheel” formation that is altered by visual experience during development — including exposure to stripes. What we see during our early life has a strong effect on the way that our brain’s visual areas are organised.

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