2012 News and Announcements

Dec. 17, 2012 | Globe and Mail
A scientific pioneer and a reluctant role model
In the early 1950s, Wilder Penfield, one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons at the time, performed what should have been a straightforward elective surgery.
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Dec. 13, 2012 | Western News
Peterson and Naci: Confronting ethical implications of detecting awareness in the vegetative state
Imagine that a close family member of yours was involved in a terrible car accident.
The accident caused a traumatic brain injury that, despite the best efforts of physicians, has left your family member with a nebulous prognosis and severely diminished levels of consciousness. 
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Nov. 22, 2012 | Western News
Postdoc explores roots of math in brain
Ian Lyons, a Department of Psychology postdoctoral fellow, is researching the idea of math anxiety, along with the overall neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying mathematical thinking – in particular the acquisition of symbolic and non-symbolic numbers.
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Nov. 23, 2012
Neuroscientists to explain how education, poverty, and parents change kids' brains in unique ways at Learning & the Brain Conference
In support some of these new discoveries, the Learning & the Brain Foundation and the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society (IMBES) will be presenting the 2012 Transforming Education through Neuroscience Award to Neuroscience Researcher Daniel Ansari, PhD, of the University of Western Ontario, during the second day of the conference.
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Nov. 15, 2012
Watch the Mind Reader: Unlocking my Voice" on BBC Paranorma

Nov. 13, 2012 | CBC
Quirks & Quarks 35th Anniversary Special
To celebrate this special occasion, we brought together 10 Canadian scientists, representing 10 different fields of science, and asked each of them to tell us about the extraordinary changes that have occurred in each of their fields, since Quirks first went on the air in 1975.
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Nov. 13, 2012 | BBC Exclusive
What does a vegetative state mean for the brain?
In a world exclusive, reporter Fergus Walsh followed a group of severely brain injured patients to reveal the revolutionary efforts that are being made to help them communicate with their families and the outside world. 
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Nov. 12, 2012 | BBC News Health
Vegetative patient Scott Routley says 'I'm not in pain'
A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been able to tell scientists that he is not in any pain.
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Nov. 6, 2012
York CVR Vision Science Summer School
The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University offers a one-week, all-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science. 
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Oct. 23, 2012 | Western News
Culham appointed to new, innovative lab
eLife, a new high-profile, open-access biomedical journal, has just been launched with Western professor Jody Culham on its Board of Reviewing Editors.
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Oct. 13, 2012 | Financial Post
Brains may be impediment to investing success
Here’s some consolation for all those brainiacs out there who are financial failures. It just might be that your brain gets in the way of financial success, or so TD Waterhouse suggests in a release today.
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Oct. 11, 2012 | National Geographic
Why the Deaf Have Enhanced Vision
Deaf people with enhanced vision can thank otherwise idle brain cells for their heightened sense, a new study in cats suggests. That's because the brain recruits cells normally devoted to hearing to help them see better, the research revealed.
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Oct. 11, 2012 | Western News
Research discovers super vision in deaf
Deaf or blind people often report enhanced abilities in their remaining senses, but up until now, no one has explained how and why that could be.

Oct. 4, 2012 | Western News
Neuroscientists unravel vegetative state
By exploring parts of the brain that trigger during periods of daydreaming and mind-wandering, neuroscientists from Western have made a significant breakthrough in understanding what physically happens in the brain to cause vegetative state and other so-called 'disorders of consciousness.'
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Oct. 2, 2012 | The Gazette
Bill Nye (the Science Guy) is coming to Western
Consider the following—Bill Nye is coming to Western on November 20. Remembered largely for his television program Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye has been invited to Western by the Science Students’ Council to speak on the importance of science and further foster the pursuit of it by Western students.

Sept. 26, 2012 | Western News
Homecoming 2012 has brains on the mind
Western is recognized as one of the world's leading academic institutions for the scientific exploration of brain and mind.

Aug. 10, 2012 | Western News
Explaining those feelings of déjà vu
Most people have been in a situation that suddenly feels strangely familiar, while also realizing that they have never been in that specific place before.
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June 13, 2012 | Nature Magazine 
Neuroscience: The Mind Reader
Adrian Owen still gets animated when he talks about patient 23. The patient was only 24 years old when his life was devastated by a car accident. Alive but unresponsive, he had been languishing in what neurologists refer to as a vegetative state for five years, when Owen, a neuro-scientist then at the University of Cambridge, UK, and his colleagues at the University of Liège in Belgium, put him into a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine and started asking him questions.
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June 2012 | Reader's Digest
Bat Man
Biking along the gravel roads near his family’s farm in southwestern Ontario, Brian Borowski always paid close attention to his surroundings. Constantly turning his head back and forth, he’d note the grassy margins of the trees, the fences and passing cars. Not that accidents never happened. 
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May 7, 2012 | The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Discovery Days for high schoolers
On May 4th, The Brain and Mind Institute took part in the "Discovery Days for High Schoolers," which is an opportunity for hands-on learning and to explore careers in medicine and other health sciences.

Apr. 30, 2012 | Cusack Lab
Grant Award: Assessing neonatal brain function with fMRI
The Cusack laboratory has been awarded “Collaborative Research Health Project” funding from NSERC and CIHR
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Apr. 19, 2012 | Western News
Big Blue's gift to bring order to data
Computer Science professor Mark Daley said with terabytes of research information rolling in on a daily basis “everyone is drowning in data nowadays.” But a $65-million donation of analytics software from IBM Canada, announced Wednesday, might just be the life preserver data junkies need.
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Apr. 13, 2012 | Western News
Neuroscientist Wins Grammy Award
While she didn’t share the stage with Bruce Springsteen or Adele at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, Jessica Grahn is now a Grammy winner.
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Mar. 2, 2012 | Western News
Jian Ghomeshi Q&A at Western University
London-area fans who were unable to get tickets to Q’s live show at The Grand Theatre on Thursday, March 8 are invited to gather at Western University the following day (Friday, March 9) to listen to the broadcast as it airs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on CBC Radio One. A special Q&A with host Jian Ghomeshi follows from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Feb. 9, 2012 | Western News
Song remains the same for researcher
Jessica Grahn doesn’t do ‘fluffy.’ Not at all.
The Western University neuroscientist with the Brain and Mind Institute studies timing, rhythm and movement by understanding how the brain processes music. Her work goes beyond mere personal passion, and may offer potential clinical treatments for movement and balance disorders like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, even stroke and traumatic brain injury.
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Jan. 24, 2012 | Western News
Finding ties between music, the brain and how we move
A unique laboratory at The University of Western Ontario will help researchers study timing, rhythm and movement by understanding how the brain processes music. Researchers anticipate the facility will help them improve broad understandings of music and the human brain, while offering potential clinical treatments for movement and balance disorders like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury.
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Jan. 13, 2012 | Western News
Grant targets surgical learning
University of Western Ontario researchers Gavin Buckingham and Melvyn A. Goodale, both of the Western’s Brain and Mind Institute, recently received a one-year $48,000 Health Research Grant from the Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation.
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Jan. 3, 2012 | The Daily Planet
Mel Goodale speaks about Human echolocation on the Discovery Channel's 'The Daily Planet'