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Attention and Speech Processing


Research in the CoNCH Lab (Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication and Hearing) explores our ability to extract meaning from speech including what types of information we use to aid our understanding of speech and the effects of a listener’s cognitive state on their ability to understand speech. Learn More

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Western Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Brain and Mind Institute at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada has funding available for 5 new postdoctoral fellows. Deadline for this round of applications is November 1st, 2015.
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Owen Lab
The Owen Lab has a post-doctoral research post immediately available! (2-3 years). Looking for someone with ‘big data’ experience, statistical expertise and the creative energy to turn a mountain of existing data into published papers! If you are that person, please apply to

Western International Graduate Student Awards

Western International Graduate Student Awards
The Brain and Mind Institute is seeking MSc or PhD applicants in psychology, neuroscience, medical biophysics, or another related discipline for 2015-2016. Students from outside Canada will be eligible to apply for one of four awards. Full Story

News Stories

Calling for a truce in the classroom math wars
For years, Canadian parents and educators have engaged in passionate debate over how kids learn math. The math wars, have pitted "old" math versus "new," or "discovery," math. But Daniel Ansari, of the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario, says it's time to end the wars. Read article
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Western Student Wins International Undergraduate Award
Jane Hutchinson, an undergraduate student in one of Daniel Ansari's Psychology courses, won Best Overall Performance for her paper on Neuroscience and Education. The Undergraduate Awards are the “world’s only pan-discipline academic awards program that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework”. Students from the best universities in the world submit their third- and fourth-year papers to be judged against other students’ papers in 25 different subject categories. This year, the Undergraduate Awards received 5,117 submissions from undergraduates studying at 255 universities across 39 countries. Learn more

2015 Governor General Gold Medal
Dr. Melanie Kok was recently awarded the 2015 Governor General Gold Medal. Professor Stephen Lomber, Melanie’s thesis supervisor, considers her to be “one of the most promising and creative young scientists” whom he has had the pleasure to know. Congratuations Melanie! Read more

Silence on Science degrades Canada
“Canada is falling behind in many international comparisons of research productivity and innovation” shared Prof. Daniel Ansari in his recent submission to the London Free Press. “Scientists and researchers across the country are deeply concerned about the future of their field in Canada. From coast to coast we have faced severe cuts in the amount of federal funds available for research across the sciences — and the arts and humanities are confronting similar challenges”. Full Article

Musical Learning Across the Lifespan (MLAL)
The launch event for this a new research initiative will be a Public Symposium on Musical Learning Across the Lifespan, held on Saturday 17th October 2015, in the Paul Davenport Theatre, Don Wright Faculty of Music. For further information and to register click Here.

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