Past BMI News and Announcements

2018 News and Announcements

December 28, 2018 | Western News
BMI Neuroscientist Receives Royal Recognition 
BMI neuroscientist Adrian Owen receives the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services in scientific research.

November 15, 2018 | Announcements
CRC designations awarded to BMI Researchers
BMI researchers Michael Anderson, Ali Khan and Ranji Patel received CRC designations this year for achievements in their fields. The Canada Research Chair Program strives to attract, support and retain outstanding scholars and scientists.

October 30, 2018 | Announcements
DI-BMI Exchange Program Award Recipients
Spencer Jones, Geoffrey Ngo, and Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden were successful in securing DI-BMI Trainee Exchange Programme support this year.  The exchange programme offers postdocs in Cognitive Neuroscience an amazing opportunity to engage in collaborative research at Radboud University.

October 9, 2018 | Western News
Exploring How Sleep Impacts Productivity
BMI neuroscientists from Adrian Owen's lab discover too much shut-eye can be as bad as too little sleep.

October 1, 2018 | Announcements
Cognitive Neuroscience
Upcoming talks at the Brain and Mind Institute. 

September 24, 2018 | Announcements
Hiring Opportunities
Faculty opportunity in Computational Neuroscience. 

August 10, 2018 | Psychological Science
Recognizing Familiar Voices
Emma Holmes, Ysabel Domingo and Ingrid Johnsrude publish findings that indicate familiar voices are more intelligible, even when not recognized as familiar.

July 30, 2018 | Western News
The Brain Game Myth
Western-led study finds that Brain game doesn't offer brain gain. Research Scientist, Bobby Stojanoski, in the Owen Lab at the Brain and Mind Institute is the lead author and that explains it merely improves their abilities in those specific games.

July 2, 2018 | Announcements
New BMI Faculty Member

Psychology.  Blake explores auditory system development, cortical neuroanatomy, and crossmodal plasticity following deafness. 

June 29, 2018 | Western News
Testing Alzheimer's Treatments
With support from a BrainsCAN grant,BMI Researcher, Stefan Everling, and his team show in a new study published in Neuron that a particular approach to treating Alzheimer's disease might not be effective after all.

June 6, 2018 | Western News
Adaptation of Visual Pathways
Brain and Mind Institute neuropsychologist Jody Culham and her team are unlocking new understanding into the plasticity of the human brain, and how visual pathways can adapt even to catastrophic injury.

May 9, 2018 | Announcement
New BMI Faculty Member
The Brain and Mind Institute is looking forward to welcoming Dr. Laura Batterink this summer.  Laura will be joining the cognitive neuroscience research team in new the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building.

April 19, 2018 | Western News
Creativity is a State of Mind
Marc Joanisse's collaboration with Joel Lopata and Elizabeth Nowicki finds creativity is a state of mind.

April 18, 2018 | Announcement
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
The 2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship competition has just launched! To learn more, visit the agency's website.

April 16, 2018 | Western News
Western Interdisciplinary Research Building
Western University celebrates the completion of the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, which houses the Brain and Mind Institute, BrainsCAN and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. This new location brings several disciplines together under one roof to excel Cognitive Neuroscience research and move the research to the people and organizations that can benefit from it. 

April 13, 2018 | Announcement
NSERC Discovery Grant Awards
Several BMI researchers have secured NSERC Discovery Grant funding this year, including Paul Gribble, Stefan Köhler, Scott MacDougall-Shackleton, Ken McRae, Derek Mitchell, J. Bruce Morton, Adrian Owen, Susanne Schmid, Corey Baron, Janis Cardy, Haojie Mao and J. Kevin Shoemaker. Congratulations to all!

April 10, 2018 | Schulich
Schulich's Awards of Excellence
Andrew Pruszynski is one of the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients - Dean's Award of Excellence for Junior Faculty. Congratulations Andrew!

March 29, 2018 | Western News
Connecting to Artificial Limbs
A study co-authored by BMI neuroscientist, Jody Culham, suggests brain rewires to embrace artificial limb.

March 12, 2018 | Announcement
New BMI Members Receives Early Researcher Award
BMI core member Ryan Stevenson has received an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario to help build a research team in Autism-focused lab.

February 1, 2018 | Announcement
BMI Researcher Honoured with Early Career Award
BMI core member Andrew Pruszynski, is the inaugural awardee for this year's Early Career Award from the Society for Neural Control of Movement (NCM). The Award recognizes outstanding contributions by scientists early in their careers that have significantly advanced understanding of the neural control of movement. 

January 24, 2018 | Announcement
CIHR Project Grant Recipients
Congratulations to BMI researchers Paul Gribble and Stephen Lomber, who are both recipients of the Fall 2017 CIHR Project Grants

January 12, 2018 | Announcement
BMI Researcher Awarded JFAR Fellowship
Congratulations to BMI core member Daniel Ansari, who has been recently awarded a Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship.

January 2, 2018 | Announcement
The BMI Has Moved!
The BMI has moved to the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building effective January 2, 2018. The BMI's reception is located on the 3rd floor (room 3190) and its new address is The Brain and Mind Institute, Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, 1151 Richmond Street North, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B7.


2017 News and Announcements

November 27, 2017 | Announcement
The Brain and Mind Institute is moving 
The Brain and Mind Institute is moving from the Natural Science Centre to the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building over the next few weeks. Effective January 2, 2018, the BMI will officially be housed in WIRB.

October 19, 2017 | Announcement
BrainsCAN Human Cognition and Sensorimotor Core positions
The following three Human Cognition and Sensorimotor core positions in BrainsCAN are now posted on the Human Resources website Working at Western: Sleep & Electrophysiology Lab Coordinator, Clinical Research Recruitment Coordinator, and Community Research Coordinator

October 19, 2017 | Announcement
The Brain and Mind Institute hosted its first Distinguished Speaker visit from October 19 - 20, 2017.  Dr. Robert Zatorre from Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University delivered a talk on Thursday, October 19 at 4:00 pm in WSC55 about “Why do we love music?  A view from cognitive neuroscience”.

October 19, 2017 | Announcement
Two junior (tenure-track) Faculty positions in Computational Neuroscience
The Faculty of Science is inviting applications for two probationary (tenure-track) faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Computational Neuroscience. These positions are initially funded through BrainsCAN, a $66M initiative funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund at Western University. Both successful candidates will become members of the Brain and Mind Institute.

September 20, 2017 | The Wire
The Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series
is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that is open to all students and scholars across all careers at Western. The monthly luncheon events showcase guest speakers who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences. Dr. Melvyn Goodale will be speaking next Wednesday, September 27 at 12:30 pm about Fifty Years at Western: A Personal History. The Wire

September 15, 2017 | Announcement
Research Technician
position open under BrainsCAN Human Cognition and Sensorimotor Control Core.  For more information and to apply please visit:

September 7, 2017 | Announcement
BMI researcher named Canada Research Chair
Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Saksida for her CRC appointment in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience (Tier 1). Learn More

August 18, 2017 | Announcement
Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude appointed to NSERC Biological Systems and Functions Evaluation Group 
for a 3-year term.  See members list

August 15, 2017 | Announcement
Sleep & Electrophysiology Laboratory Coordinator 
position open under BrainsCAN Human Cognition and Sensorimotor Control Core.  For more information and to apply please visit:

August 11, 2017 | Announcement
Dr. Tutis Vilis' book, "Survival Skills for Graduate Students and Post Docs" is now available on Kindle.
Find out More

July 12, 2017 | Journal of Neuroscience
The Journal of Neuroscience identifies popular BMI authored publication

BMI's Stefan Köhler's article titled "Heroes of the Engram", written with Sheena Josselyn and Paul Frankland, is recognized as the most read article in the Journal of Neuroscience.
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July 11, 2017 | Cognitive Neuroscience Society
BMI graduate student is lead author on a new study in Neuropsychologia

BMI's Anna Blumenthal, in Dr. Stefan Köhler's lab, is exploring how we remember the structure of things.
Learn More

July 10, 2017 | London Free Press
BMI Postdoctoral Fellow publishes article on filtering out "cocktail party" noise

BMI's Molly Henry is studying how people focus on single conversations.
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June 30, 2017 | Announcement
Neuroimaging Analyst position open under BrainsCAN Computational Core

For more information and to apply please visit:

June 26, 2017 | Media Relations
World's largest sleep study launched at BMI

BMI's Adrian Owen is leading the largest known study on how sleep deprivation effects the brain and cognitive abilities. 
Media Relations

June 23, 2017 | APS
Newly Named Fellows of APS
Congratulations to Jessica Grahn and Stephen Lomber, Professors in the Department of Psychology at Western University, who have been named Fellows of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
See List

June 22, 2017 | Western News
Owen's book examines borders of consciousness

'Into the Gray Zone', written by Western Neuroscientist Adrian Owen, explores the spaces in between life and death for people in a vegetative state.
Western News

May 9, 2017 | Research Western
Contradicting the common belief that smiling makes people appear younger
BMI Director, Dr. Mel Goodale, along with Tzvi Ganel of Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, study the effect smiling has on age perception.
Medicalxpress          Western News

May 4, 2017 | Research Western
Adversity leads pre-teens to be more impulsive by making their brains more sensitive to rewards
Niki H. Kamkar and J. Bruce Morton of Western’s Department of Psychology and Brain and Mind Institute are exploring how adolescents experiencing tough times are more likely motivated by small instant incentives.
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April 28, 2017 | Announcement
BMI Core Member article published in Gehirn & Geist

Congratulations to Stefan Köhler who's article on the current understanding of neural mechanisms of episodic memory was published in the May issue of the German subsidiary of Scientific American called Gehirn & Geist (translation: Brain & Mind).  
Read More - fee to access article

April 18, 2017 | Announcement
Western names BMI Core Member Faculty Scholar
Brian Corneil, a professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology, a Robarts scientist and a Core Member of the BMI, was recognized along with 10 others from across the University for significant achievements in teaching and research.
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April 18, 2017 | Announcement
Associate Member Receives Young Investigator Award

Dr. Lena Palaniyappan receives Young Investigator Award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP). The award recognizes outstanding contributions in neuropsychopharmacology by a young basic scientist or clinical investigator in Canada.
Read More

April 13, 2017 | Research Western
NSERC & SSHRC Awards received by BMI Members
Congratulations to the BMI Core Members and Associate Members who were successful applicants for NSERC & SSHRC awards.
Daniel Ansari, Blake Butler, Melvyn Goodale, Matthew Heath, Ingrid Johnsrude, Julio Martinez-Trujillo, and Ryan Stevenson
Ryan Stevenson
More Info

April 7, 2017 | Radio Western
Sound of Science Podcast is LIVE!
Welcome to the Sound of Science, a radio show featuring Western faculty and student researchers making ground breaking discoveries in scientific research. The first episode features three professors from the Brain and Mind Institute who will shed some light on the wonders of the human brain.
Listen here

April 7, 2017 | Western University
BMI Graduate Student took First Place in 6th Annual 3MT
Tamara Tavares, a Graduate student in Derek Mitchell’s Emotional Cognition Lab at the Brain and Mind Institute, took first place in the 6th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The competition is a great opportunity for research students’ to develop their presentation and communication skills and to also develop their capacity to explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. She will move on to represent Western at the 3MT Ontario 2017 Provincial competition at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday, April 12th. Congratulations Tamara!
Western News          Western Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

April 5, 2017 | Announcement
International Graduate Student Scholarship recipients
Congratulations to Bailey Brashears (Minda lab), Sudesna Chakraborty (Köhler lab), Maryam Nouri Kadijani (Martinez-Trujillo lab), and Adrian Sardinas (Ansari lab). This scholarship supports up to 4 international graduate students by helping to offset the differential in international (as compared to domestic) tuition and fees. 
Learn More

April 4, 2017 | The London Free Press
Robots took over Thompson area at Western University

The Beal Robotics Team 5024 successfully finished qualification matches ranked 1st overall (out of 35 teams) and were the captains of the winning alliance for the inaugural robotics competition at Western University. In addition, the team was also recognized and received the highest award possible, the Chairman's Award. This award honours the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Brain and Mind Institute is a proud sponsor of Beal's Outreach robotics program as it fosters an interest in Neuroscience among High School students. Way to go 5024!
London Free Press          CTV London

March 24, 2017 | Western News
APS recognizes BMI Postdoc with prestigious Rising Star designation
Molly Henry, from Jessica Grahn's Music and Neuroscience Lab, has been named a 'Rising Star' by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Congratulations Molly! 
Learn more      See APS announcement

March 8, 2017 | UNESCO
L'Oréal and UNESCO recognizes BMI postdoctoral researcher
Congratulations to Lorina Naci from the Owen Lab! Lorina was the only Canadian recognized by L'Oréal and UNESCO for her outstanding contribution to science.
Learn more   CTV interview

February 28, 2017 | BBC Drama Awards
Play inspired by the work of BMI researcher
Listen to an award-winning play inspired by the work of CIFAR Koerner Fellow & Co-Director of the Azrieli program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness, Adrian Owen.
Learn more

February 17, 2017 | Western Media
New brain scan analysis
Western researchers, including BMI member Dr. Andrea Soddu, have developed a new brain scan analysis to better treat head injuries.
Learn More      CTV Interview

January 13, 2017 | BMI News
DI-BMI Exchange Program
Congratulations to Chao Gu, Kathryn Manning and Molly Henry in receiving support from the DI-BMI Trainee Exchange Programme to conduct collaborative research at Radboud University.
Learn more

January 4, 2017 | Globe and Mail
Concussion blood test
BMI member Mark Daley, along with researchers associated with Western, have developed a concussion blood test with 90-per-cent accuracy rate.
Learn more


2016 News and Announcements

December 21, 2016 | Announcement
Claudio Bassetti and Andrea Soddu are working together to explain how sleep improves an injured brain. Learn More      Neurology (Article)

October 19, 2016 | Western Media Relations
New life hack for ‘de-blurring’ visual images without glasses.
An international team of neuroscientists has shown that a person’s ability to see fine visual detail can be sharpened by simply staring for a few seconds at a rapidly flickering display.
Read More               CBC Radio - Quirks and Quarks (Audio only)

September 30, 2016 | Western News
Western welcomes federal support from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund for BMI's new home in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building.  Learn More

September 21, 2016 | Announcement
2016 Regional Undergraduate Award, Psychology Category

Mallory Jackman, who graduated from Western University’s Honours Specialization in Neuroscience program in June 2015, has won the 2016 Regional Undergraduate Award, an international essay writing competition for undergraduates. Her paper, "Conflict processing across development:  The progression of response inhibition networks" was judged the highest performing Highly Commended paper from Canada & US in the Psychology category. Jackman's paper was written for the course 'Research in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience' (Psychology3485F-001), taught by Dr. J. Bruce Morton, a Core Member of The Brain and Mind Institute. Congratulations Mallory!

September 6, 2016 | Western News
Western Receives $66 Million Federal Grant for Brain Research
Western University's BrainsCAN initiative received a substantial $66 million investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) today – the largest research grant in the university's history – providing a significant boost to ongoing research in cognitive neuroscience and imaging at Western. Find out More

August 30, 2016 | Announcement
Postdoctoral position open in Imaging Analysis and Computational Motor Control
Visit Dr. Jörn Diedrichsen's website to find out more information - Lab page

August 19, 2016 | Announcement
Congratulations to the following Highly Commended Entrants of the Undergraduate Awards 2016.
Life Sciences
Allison Bell - BMI, Western University, Grahn Lab
Victor Parchment - BMI, Western Western University, Grahn Lab
Celina Everling - BMI, Western University, Grahn Lab
Sarah Schwanz - BMI, Western University, Grahn Lab

Visit website:  The Undergraduate Awards Highly Recommended 2016       

July 25, 2016 | Announcement
Postdoctoral Fellow / Associate in Sensorimotor Neuroscience Opportunity
Visit Dr. Andrew Prusznski's website to find out more information - Lab page

July 19, 2016 | Announcement
BMI core members recipients of CIHR grants this year
Congratulations to Stefan Everling, Ravi Menon and Andrew Pruszynski (Programs Leaders for CIHR Foundation Grants), as well as Stefan Köhler/Ali Khan (Lead PIs for a CIHR Project Grant). Read More

June 22, 2016 | Announcement
Several BMI Graduate Students receive awards this year
Congratulations to Jordan De Kraker and Tamara Tavares (Alexander Graham Bell Canada Award - CGSD), Eva Berlot (Ontario Trillium Scholarship - OTS), Mazen El-Baba (Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - CGSM NSERC), Alex Major (Ontario Graduate Scholarship - MSc), and Tamara Tavares (Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship - PhD).

June 7, 2016 | Western News
Consciousness and phantoms
New research, led by Andrea Soddu, may bring us closer to managing phantom sensation by helping us understand the origins.

May 11, 2016 | Western News
New virtual reality ‘toolbox'
Neuroscientists at Western University, including BMI's Julio Martinez-Trujillo, have developed a new virtual reality ‘toolbox’ that can be used to build video games with a unique capacity for teaching and testing both humans and animal models.

April 28, 2016 | Announcement
BMI Member, Dr. Lorina Naci, received the Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year award from Western University. This award recognizes a Western Postdoctoral Scholar for having shown exceptional commitment and potential as an emerging scientist. The Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year stands out among his/her peers for excellence displayed in research, leadership, service, outreach, and/or teaching. This award recipient was selected based on a nomination and review process, and presented with the award at the annual Postdoctoral Research Forum on April 28th, 2016. Congratulations Lorina!

April 28, 2016 | Western News
Abnormal brain interactions harm consciousness
Over the past few years, a great amount of scientific research has shown that even when the brain is “at rest” it still works. An international research team has now investigated the interactions of the ‘resting-state networks’ in different states of consciousness.
Learn More  London Free Press 

April 22, 2016 | Western News
BMI's Jessica Grahn named one of 2016's Faculty Scholars
The Faculty Scholars Award recognizes significant recent scholarly achievements in teaching or research. Also, the recipients have an international presence in their discipline and are considered all-round scholars.
Read More

April 20, 2016 | Western News
New Western neuroscience study shows how we learn from watching others
A study from Western University shows that the parts of our brain that provide us with our sense of touch are activated when we watch someone else learn a manual skill.
Learn More

April 14, 2016 |
Diminished Brain Connectivity
A new study shows that loss of responsiveness induced by propofol, a commonly used anesthetic, is associated with greatly diminished brain connectivity in the frontal cortex and significant changes in resting state brain networks.
Read More (pdf)

April 13, 2016 | Announcement
Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Lomber for his Excellence in Education award and Dr. Stefan Everling for the Dean's Award of Excellence for Faculty in Research.
Recipient List

April 8, 2016 | Announcement
Six core researchers and two associate members at the Brain and Mind Institute have recently received NSERC funding.  Congratulations to this year's NSERC Discovery grant recipients:  Brian Corneil, Jody Culham, Jörn Diedrichsen, Jessica Grahn, Marc Joanisse, Stephen Lomber, Roy Eagleson and Lindsay Nagamatsu.

April 8, 2016 | Announcement
Research Associate Opportunity in the TCNLab

April 5, 2016 | Western News
BMI Postdoctoral Fellow in Köhler lab suggests following your heart to remember.
Investigators at Western’s renowned Brain and Mind Institute have discovered that signals from inside your body can affect memories.
Medical News Today - April 9, 2016

April 4, 2016 | Announcement
Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Morton, who has just been awarded a SSHRC Insight grant for his research on the impact of bilingualism and cultural variation on children's self-regulation. 

April 4, 2016 | Announcement
Congratulations to Dr. Stefan Everling for being chosen as a recipient of a 2016 Faculty Scholar Award and cross-appointee Dr. Kevin Shoemaker for being named a 2016 Distinguished University Professor.

March 17, 2016 | London Free Press
Screen time helps reveal brain’s ways

Tim Bussey and Lisa Saksida explore how memory triggers reactions by teaching mice how to touch screens on tablets.  Read More

March 17, 2016 | Western News
Internationally renowned neuroscientists join the Brain and Mind Institute
Western Research Chair, Tim Bussey and Lisa Saksida specialize in understanding cognition, as well as developing and discovering new techniques for translating data, to help treat patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 
Read more or see CTV Videoclip

March 10, 2016 |
Neuroscientist who unlocks minds with machine

Jörn Diedrichsen and his collaborators are using robotics to study human movement to develop better treatments for strokes and spinal cord damage in humans.
Western News
The London Free Press

March 1, 2016 | Western News
Construction underway
Construction has now started on the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB). This facility will serve as the new home for the Brain and Mind Institute and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. 
Learn more

February 19, 2016 | Announcement
CRC Chairs at Western

Congratulations to BMI's Andrew Pruszynski on being named one of six Canada Research Chairs! 
Read Article

January 29, 2016 | Announcement
Dr. Tutis Vilis' textbook title "Physiology of the Senses" is now available to access for FREE, for a limited time, at the iTunes Store.

January 15, 2016 | Announcement
CBS Talks
The Computational Brain Science group, an inter-departmental effort to promote computational neuroscience at Western, is launched. Learn more about the biweekly Methods-lunch meetings and featured invited talks.
See Calendar

January 4, 2016 | APS
Newly Named Fellow of APS
Congratulations to Daniel Ansari on being named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
See List

January 4, 2016 | APS
2015 APS Rising Stars
Ian Lyons, from Daniel Ansari's Numerical Cognition Lab, has been named a 'Rising Star' by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Congratulations Ian! 
See List

January 4, 2016 | Western News
New imaging technique

An international research collaboration, led by Western University, has developed a new imaging technique that makes it possible for doctors and scientists to assess changes in metabolic activity in clinical cases with patients suffering severe brain injuries and disorders of consciousness. 
Learn more


2015 News and Announcements

December 18, 2015 | Western News
Making room to grow
To make room for the growing demand of cross-disciplinary research at Western University, construction will be underway in the new year on the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB). This facility will serve as the new home for the Brain and Mind Institute and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. 
Learn more

December 9, 2015 | Announcement
Lorina Naci was honoured by the Albanian Society of Canada for her "distinguished contribution to science". Showcasing prominent Albanian contributions to Canada, Naci was recognized among 11 other individuals at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario when they declared November the Albanian Cultural Heritage Month. Congratulations Lorina!

November 30, 2015 | Western News
Cloudy with a chance of discovery
Created in 2012, the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) has progressed research at Western by pairing state-of-the-art technology, including cloud and agile computing platforms, with leading scientists who analyze the brain in real-time to diagnose schizophrenia, autism and Alzheimer’s more quickly. A new $65 million investment from IBM Canada Ltd. will enable SOSCIP to take similar research collaborations to new heights. 
Learn more

November 25, 2015 | The Londoner
London's newest (academic) supergroup
Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute and the nearby Don Wright Faculty of Music have started a new partnership — formerly called Musical Learning Across the Lifespan (MLAL) — is more about brain development than it is Grammy nominations. But if you’re at all curious about how music and the brain intertwine, you’ll want to keep an eye on this new supergroup.
Learn more

November 9, 2015 | CBC Radio
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.
CBC Radio - Article
Education Canada - Article

November 3, 2015 | Western News
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

October 22, 2015 | Western News
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. Congratulations Melanie!
Read more

October 13, 2015 | The London Free Press
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

October 2015 | Announcement
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. Further information - Here

October 7, 2015 | Announcement
New study shows touch works independently of vision in object identification
A study published by The Journal of Neuroscience challenges the more traditional scientific belief that using touch to recognize objects depends on visual circuitry in the human brain.
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October 5, 2015 | Presentation
Neurophilosophy Speaker
Hugo Critchley will be the next presenter in the Neurophilosophy Speaker Series. His talk entitled "Interoception, Emotion and Self: How the Heart Gates Feelings and Perceptions" is scheduled for Thursday, October 15th at 3:30 pm in Room 100, Physics and Astronomy Building.
Events calendar for The Rotman Institute of Philosophy for other upcoming events - Here

September 17, 2015 | Western News
Western University develops first-ever ethical framework for fMRI research
A team of doctors, neuroscientists and philosophers have developed the first-ever ethical framework for researchers and research ethics committees to design, conduct and review functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies for severely brain injured patients being treated in intensive care units.
Read More

August 16, 2015 | The London Free Press
Western Scientists tap into the brain
From conversing with someone in a vegetative state to detecting a crisis long before it erupts, find out how technology and computers are changing the way researchers think of health care. 
Read More

August 7, 2015 | Announcement
Dr. Yoshiko Yabe was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to continue her work with Prof. Mel Goodale in the BMI. Congratulations Yoshiko!
Fellowship Information

August 2015 | Announcement
Inaugural Brain and Mind Symposium
Our International Scientific Advisory Board will be at Western University to see first-hand the cutting-edge research taking place at the Brain and Mind Institute for our Inaugural Symposium this fall on Sunday, September 20th.

July 28, 2015 | Announcement
Congratulations to the following BMI PI's on their CIHR Operating Grant Awards: Brian Corneil, Stephen Lomber and Julio Martnez-Trujillo.
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July 21, 2015 | Research2Reality
Mathematics and Mental Health
Gone are the days of the lone scientist. Mark Daley speaks about the importance of research done in collaboration across multiple disciplines to find solutions to the complex problems that surround us including the human brain and mental health.
Find out More

July 6, 2015 | Globe and Mail
New CIFAR program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness
The Globe and Mail announce Adrian Owen and Mel Goodale to direct a new CIFAR program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness.

June 19, 2015 | Western News
Western University scientists rethinking traffic flow in the brain

Dr. J. Bruce Morton and fellow scientist R. Matthew Hutchinson use video imaging to scan brains and are finding out things may not be 'hardwired' as once thought.
Western News - Read
London Free Press - Read

June 15, 2015 | CBC Radio
Quirks & Quarks Question Period: Big Brains
Dr. Melvyn Goodale helps answer a question posed by Baily Kaupp, a 10-year-old from Blaketown, Newfoundland, about why people are smarter, on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks. 
Listen Here

June 2, 2015 | Western News
Menon earns elite citation from imaging group

Today, Menon became one of only six Canadians ever selected as a senior fellow by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). He is being recognized for his significant contributions to advancements in fMRI and ultra-high field MRI at the ISMRM’s 23rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Toronto.
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May 25, 2015 | London Free Press
Western University scientists say dynamic views of the brain may improve treatment of mental illness

Dr. J. Bruce Morton and fellow scientist R. Matthew Hutchinson use video imaging to scan brains and find out things may not be wired as we once thought they were.
Read more

May 22, 2015 | London Free Press
Grade 12 student who mentored at the BMI, wins Science Award
Dan Alferov is a Grade 12 student at Lucas secondary school and has mentored at the BMI since Grade 9. Recently, he won a gold medal and received the Senior Discovery Award at the Thames Valley District school board fair.
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May 2015 | Announcement
Daniel Ansari has received the award for 'postdoctoral supervisor of the year' by the School for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) at Western University. This award is given to Postdoctoral Supervisors who have demonstrated exemplary support for postdoctoral scholars at Western by going above and beyond supervisory expectations. These mentors have given their time and put forth extra effort to ensure a successful experience for postdoctoral scholars. Congratulations Daniel!

May 2015 | Announcement
Chao Gu, a PhD student with Brian Corneil, has been awarded a 2014 Brain Star Award from the CIHR-Institute for Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addition. This award is given in recognition of the excellence of a paper that Chao published in 2014 (Gu and Corneil, J Neurosci, 2014). The significance of Chao’s work is that it promises an improved understanding of how transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a common form of non-invasive brain stimulation, influences neural activity throughout the brain. The paper will be profiled on the INMHA website in the near future. Congratulations Chao!

May 5, 2015 | KPBS
Ethics and Neuroimaging
Charles Weijer, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Bioethics at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, gave a presentation last week at the University of California, San Diego on the ethical issues surrounding the management and treatment of patients in persistent vegetative state or minimally conscious state.  Charles, who is also an Associate Member of the BMI, was later interviewed by National Public Radio (USA) about some of the issues involved in dealing with such patients. 
You can listen to the interview - Here

May 4, 2015 | The London Free Press
Beal Secondary School Robotics Team Wins Award at World Competition

BMI is proud to have sponsored Raider Robotics, a London high school robotics team, who won the Creativity Award at the First Robotics World Competition held in St. Louis MO.
Read more here:
The London Free Press

April 29, 2015 | Announcement
Call for the BMI-Kaloy Prize 2015
The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and The Kaloy Foundation have created "The Brain‐Mind‐Kaloy Prize (BMI‐Kaloy Prize)" in order to link neuroscientific research to philosophical questions.
Find out More

April 21, 2015 | CBC News
Brain training games: No proof they prevent cognitive decline
The idea of playing a game to make you sharper seems like a no-brainer, but do they really help your brain perform better in everyday life? 
Read More

April 21, 2015 | Global News
A world of echoes: Canadian research into how the blind use sound to see
The practice of echo-location has become the subject of ground-breaking research at the BMI at Western University and has caught the attention of scientists around the world. 
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April 10, 2015 | Western News
Western adds two new CRC chairs, three more renewed
Already recognized as one of the world’s top centres for cognitive neuroscience and imaging research, Western’s Brain & Mind Institute has added two new Canada Research Chairs. Its director, Melvyn Goodale, also had his chair renewed for seven years. The chairs are among Canada’s highest research honours
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March 19, 2015 | Western News
Faculty Scholar Awards
Dr. Paul Gribble of the BMI was one of 12 selected for this year’s Faculty Scholar Awards recognizing their significant achievements in teaching or research. Congratulations Paul! 
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March 13, 2015
2015 London Brain Bee

The 2015 London Brain Bee will be taking place Saturday, April 11th here at Western University. Local high school students will compete to demonstrate their knowledge of the brain and neuroscience. 
Get more details

March 11, 2015 | Western News
Bartha awarded Alzheimer Foundation grant
Medical Biophysics professor Dr. Robert Bartha has been awarded the Alzheimer Foundation London and Middlesex Premier Research Grant to support research, personnel and supportive infrastructure. Bartha is a member of Western’s Brain and Mind Institute.
Read more

February 23, 2015 | London Free Press
Research at the BMI could help kids master numerical skills at earlier age
Daniel Ansari’s Lab is the only one in Canada exploring precisely how our brains tackle math. They are combining psychology with MRI scanners to see which parts of the brains do the heavy lifting. 
Read more

February 17, 2015 | Announcement
In recognition for his outstanding work, Dr. Daniel Ansari is being awarded the NSERC Steacie Fellowship in an official ceremony this evening along with other Canadian scientists and engineers. Congratulations Dr. Ansari! 
Read More

February 9, 2015 | Spark on CBC Radio
Your bed is listening to you while you sleep
CBC Radio's Spark speaks with Stuart Fogel about the rise in popularity of devices that help us monitor and track our sleep. 
Listen Here

January 30, 2015 | Announcement
New 3D printer a matter of Brain and Mind
After diligent work, a new 3D printer forms the new centerpiece of the Physics and Astronomy machine shop.
Read More

January 21, 2015 | New Publication
A paper recently released from the Ansari Lab “Qualitatively different coding of symbolic and nonsymbolic numbers in the human brain“ is featured on the cover of the current issue of Human Brain Mapping.
Paper in PubMed
Current Issue of Human Brain Mapping

January 21, 2015 | Announcement
Elizabeth Hayden was named APS Fellow by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Congratulations Dr. Hayden!
View APS page - Here

January 21, 2015 | Canada AM
Alzheimer's Research at Western
Canada AM featured some of the cutting edge equipment found at Western University used to diagnose Alzheimer's.
Watch the story - Here

January 15, 2015 | Announcement
Congratulations to Jeremy Viczko who was awarded the Ralph S Devereux Award in Psychology and to Valya Sergeeva who was awarded the Reva Gerstein Fellowship for Masters Study in Psychology. Great work sleep lab!


2014 News and Announcements

December 22, 2014 | Western News
Echolocation acts as a 'sixth' sense for the blind
Human echolocation operates as a viable 'sense,' working in tandem with other senses to deliver information to people with visual impairment.
Western News

December 12, 2014 | Western News
Brain able to determine size even with no conscious experience with the object
Study shows that humans have an innate capacity for reaching out and grasping objects accurately even without knowledge of the size of the intended objects.
Interview with CBC News - Listen Here
Interview with Fairchild TV - Watch Here

December 9, 2014 | Announcement
Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Three Postdoctoral Fellow job postings

December 3, 2014 | BMI Announcement
Postdoc needed for Sleep Lab
We are currently seeking to fill a 2-year funded position for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work collaboratively with Dr. Adrian Owen ( in the BMI Sleep Research Laboratory ( Interested candidates can contact Dr. Stuart Fogel by email (sfogel[at] to enquire/apply.

November 27, 2014 | New Publication
New study provides better understanding of person misidentification in dementia
New study by members of the Köhler Lab provides researchers and clinicians with insight into a particularly debilitating memory problem that is present in some patients suffering from neurodegeneration caused by Lewy body dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
Western News
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience -
Full Article
New Scientist -
Discussion of article

November 27,2014 | BMI Announcement
Graduate student Raechelle Gibson (supervisor: Dr. A. Owen) has been awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) from NSERC for her current Vanier CGS. The CGS-MSFSS Program supports high calibre Canadian graduate students in building international networks through the pursuit of research experiences at institutions abroad. Rae will be conducting a research project at the University of Cambridge in 2015. Congratulations Rae!

November 26, 2014 | Frontiers
New ways of detecting covert awareness in patients with disorders of consciousness
Paper released today showing that some patients, despite their lack of behavioural response, are aware. 
Full Article

November 6, 2014
Interview on CTV London -Watch
BMI helps high school student publish scientific research
After several years of supervised research at the BMI, a local high school student named Dan Alferov co-authors an original research article “Inter-element orientation and distance influence the duration of persistent contour integration” in the international scientific journal,Frontiers in Psychology
Read article

November 6, 2014 | CBC Radio
Shift work can age your brain
Listen to an interview with Stuart Fogel on CBC about shift work and how it effects your brain and memory.
Listen Here
Second interview - Here

October 9, 2014 | Announcement
Raechelle Gibson from the BMI will be speaking in the Scholars to Leaders Series on Wednesday, October 29th at 2:30 p.m. This is a unique initiative by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to listen to academic and private-sector professionals who are uniquely skilled. This will be held in the International and Graduate Affairs Building – 1st Floor Classroom (IGAB 1N05).

October 4, 2014 | YouTube
Neuroimaging Made With IBM Cloud. Made with IBM.
Researchers at Western University are using IBM Cloud and Analytics to watch regions of the human brain communicating with each other to diagnose and describe brain disorders in real time
Watch Clip

September 18, 2014 | Western News
BMI Investigator named as inaugural member
Daniel Ansari, a Principal Investigator at the BMI, has been named among three Western professors and one King’s University College professor, inaugural members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Those named to the College represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada. Congratulations Daniel!
Full Article

September 15, 2014 | Western
Hitchcock movie used to detect consciousness in the Vegetative State
Researchers from the BMI at Western University have used a short Alfred Hitchcock movie to detect consciousness in vegetative state patients. Lorina Naci, and her colleagues, Rhodri Cusack, Mimma Anello, and Adrian Owen, reported their findings today in a study titled, "A common neural code for similar conscious experiences in different individuals."
Read More

September 12, 2014 | Western News
Vanier celebrates the nation’s finest

Seven Western graduate students, including Raechelle Gibson, a member of the Owen Lab here at the BMI, are recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Gibson’s research will help identify the neural mechanisms that allow humans to coordinate movements with auditory and tactile stimulation. Congratulations!
Read More

September 11, 2014 | Announcement
Congratulations to Stephen Beukema for his successful proposal to visit the School of Mind and Brain in Berlin! Stephen is currently in his second year of an MSc in Psychology and works closely under Dr. Adrian Owen. He will be representing Canada during his visit, along with 14 other students traveling from Argentina, Austria, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Serbia, The Netherlands and The USA.

September 2, 2014 | Western News
Western Neuroscientist explores nuances of 'touchy' subject

Andrew Pruszynski, a new addition to the BMI here at Western, and his collaborator and current supervisor Roland S. Johansson from Umeå University in Sweden shared their discovery, which redefines how touch signals are processed by the nervous system.
Full Story

August 22, 2014 | Announcement
Graduate Student Kathryn Manning, a member of Ravi Menon's Lab and the BMI, has received an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship for her doctoral work studying MRI biomarkers of Concussion. Congratulations Kathryn!

August 22, 2014 | Western News
Banting fellowship adds up for Lyons’ math anxiety research

Ian Lyons, a member of the BMI and Daniel Ansari’s Numerical Cognition Lab, receives a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to assist his research of math anxiety. Full Story

July 24, 2014 | Announcement
Lindsay Oliver, a PhD student working at the Brain and Mind Institute with Drs. Derek Mitchell and Elizabeth Finger, has just been awarded the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex Doctoral Scholarship for her research involving patients with frontotemporal dementia. This award will help support her work using fMRI and other cognitive neuroscience techniques to elucidate and objectively measure the beneficial effects of the neuropeptide oxytocin on social cognition in these patients. Congratulations Lindsay!

July 10, 2014 |Announcement
Award-winning neuroscientist named first Western Research Chair
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude, one of Canada’s most innovative neuroscientists, to Western and the BMI where she will further her research into understanding human behaviour through speech, language and hearing.
Western News

June 27, 2014 | Neuron
Overt Responses during Covert Orienting
In a review published recently in Neuron, the Brain and Mind's Brian Corneil discusses the role of the superior colliculus (SC) during orienting. Because of differences in how SC outputs are processed, neck and limb muscle recruitment, pupil dilation, and microsaccades reflect covert oculomotor processes in the absence of saccades.
Full Story

June 20, 2014 | Western News
Mel Goodale and Adrian Owen to lead human consciousness network
After a year-long international competition, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) has selected Brain and Mind’s Adrian Owen and Mel Goodale to lead a new research network focused on the brain, mind and consciousness.
Read more

June 19, 2014 | Western News
PET scans peer into minimally conscious mind
New research by Physics and Astronomy professor Andrea Soddu touts the ability of PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans to identify patients in a minimally conscious state far more accurately than other imaging technologies.
Read More

June 5, 2014 | Western News
Postdoc unravels secrets to implant effectiveness
Dan Stolzberg, a postdoctoral student in Western’s Brain and Mind Institute under the supervision of Professor Stephen Lomber, was recently rewarded with a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship that will allow him to advance the understanding of why the performance of sensory prostheses implanted during adulthood is often limited by specific mechanisms in the brain.
Read More

May 29, 2014 | BMC Medical Ethics
Ethics of neuroimaging after serious brain injury
Serious brain injuries place an enormous burden on patients, families, and the healthcare system. Patient outcome after serious brain injury is highly variable. Following a period of coma, some patients make a good recovery, while others progress into a vegetative or minimally conscious state. As it is difficult to predict recovery after serious brain injury, families and physicians are forced to make treatment decisions in the face of uncertainty. Recent advances in neuroimaging may address this problem. Neuroimaging offers the prospect of improved prediction of patient outcome and diagnostic accuracy in seriously brain injured patients. However, neuroimaging also raises difficult ethical issues that must be addressed. By utilizing the strengths of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and the Brain and Mind Institute, our research team brings together philosophers, neurologists, and neuroscientists to provide genuinely collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to these difficult problems.
BioMed Central

May 26, 2014 | The London Free Press
BMI High School Student wins ISEF Special Award
Dan Alfrerov, who works with Li-Ann Leow and Lars Strother at the Brain and Mind Institute, won the first place $2500 Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology Award, at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In exciting work crossing the fields of visual perception and music, Dan has shown that the perception of facial emotions is sensitive to changes in the individual's emotional state induced by music.

May 9, 2014 | Announcement
Western Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada has funding available for 5 new postdoctoral fellows. The BMI is recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutes in cognitive neuroscience and aims to understand how the brain allows us to perceive the world, makes sense of what we see and hear, remember the past and plan for the future, communicate our thoughts to others, choose goals, plan actions and carry those actions out.

May 14, 2014 |
A journey through the mind
The Education-Neuroscience Symposium 'Minds on Minds" was held on Friday, May 23, 2014. Visit their website to read more and to listen to podcasts from the event.

May 2, 2014 |Western News
Graduate students connect education and neuroscience
Western graduate students Stephanie Budgen and Anna Matejko’s work in the area of cognitive neuroscience is now part of a new web-based, open-access science journal recently launched by Nature Publishing Group.
Read more

April 22, 2014 | Announcement
The London Brain Bee 2014
The 6th annual London Brain Bee was recently hosted here at Western University for the best and brightest high school students from London and surrounding areas. Brittany Smale won the trivia contest and will go on to represent London in theNational Brain Bee competition on May 31st in Hamilton.
Full Story

April 11, 2014 |
Two New Faculty Scholars at the BMI
Western has announced 13 new Faculty Scholars across all faculties in recognition of their significant achievements in teaching and/or research. The recipients will hold the title for two years. Two of the new Faculty Scholars are PIs at the BMI - Marc Joanisse and Stefan Köhler. Congratulations Marc and Stefan! One of last year's recipients, Elizabeth Hayden (who still holds the title), is also a PI at the BMI!

April 9, 2014 |
The Sixth Annual "Psychology: The Science of Being Human" Lecture Series
The Sixth Annual "Psychology: The Science of Being Human" Lecture Series begins on April 10 and is being held at London Central Library. This years title is 'Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll'. Talks are free and no registration is required.

April 4, 2014 | Announcement
The International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation
The International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation (UCNC) will be held here at Western this July and will provide an exciting opportunity to build some interdisciplinary bridges. UCNC attracts folks from a wide variety of backgrounds (particularly maths, physics, computer science and engineering).

March 26, 2014 | CBC Radio
A lack of sleep may damage the brain
Research indicates that a lack of sleep may cause permanent loss of brain cells -Read More
Also, listen to BMI's Stuart Fogel discuss sleep loss on CBC's Calgary Eyeopener -Here

March 7, 2014 | Talk Announcement
Neurophilosophy Speaker Series: Howard Eichenbaum, March 12, 2014
Join us in March for a talk by Howard Eichenbaum, of Boston University. In his talk, Eichenbaum will review our understanding of the Hippocampus and its functionality in supporting episodic memory in animals.
The lecture takes place on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:00pm EST in The Great Hall, Somerville House at Western University.

February 20, 2014 | Announcement
2014 London Brain Bee, Saturday, April 5th
High School students who are interested in topics like intelligence, memory, emotions or addiction come out and take part in the London Brain Bee!

January 31, 2014 | BMI Announcement
Congratulations to Daniel Ansari, and Co-Investigators Adrian Owen and Charles Weijer, on their successful CIHR Operating Grant awards.

January 31, 2014 | Western Event
Big Brains, Big Data, Big Challenges
Join Mark Daley, principal investigator at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute, for a complimentary lecture as he discusses the challenges and opportunities of “big data” with examples from cutting-edge neuroscience research. To find out more click –Here

January 30, 2014 | Western News
International collaboration develops clinical tool to measure activity of brain at rest
A research team led by Western University, in collaboration with The University of Liège in Belgium and Central University Colombia, has developed a new strategy to study the human brain while it's resting, which gives scientists and health care providers a baseline for measuring states of awareness.
Western News - Here
CTV News Story -Here

January 27, 2014 |BMI Announcement
Stephen Lomber is the recipient of an APS [American Physiological Society] Career Enhancement Award. This award is designed to enhance the career potential of APS members through travel to other laboratories to acquire specific new skills. Congratulations Stephen! More information on this award - Here

January 23, 2014 |
The London Brain Bee will be on April 5th
High school students from London and surrounding area, in grades 9 through 12, will demonstrate their knowledge about the brain and neuroscience.

January 20, 2014 | CBC News
Neuroscience journal edited by kids, for kids
Children pair up with scientists to edit neuroscience papers. Daniel Ansari, a professor of psychology at Western University and a member of the BMI, is among the 47 scientists who joined the project.
Find out more - Here

January 15, 2014 |Western News
New study shows alcohol impacts vision
Kevin Johnston and Brian Timney have shown that alcohol greatly affects the ability to adjust vision for brightness and contrast.
Read more -Here

January 14, 2014 | BMI Announcement
Mel Goodale has just been elected a Fellow of the Society of Biology, a learned society in Great Britain that was created to advance the interests of biology in academia, industry, education, and research. Congratulations Mel!

January 7, 2014 |
BMI featured in Western's Be Extraordinary Campaign
Watch the Campaign video - Here
Get More Information - Here


2013 News and Announcements

November 27, 2013|
Western imaging research improves MS diagnosis

A new study from the Robarts Research Institute has found a better way to use MRI scans to detect and possibly follow the progress of multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. CTV News Story - Here
Medical News Today - Here

November 19 2013 | Western News
Western researchers explore links between learning disorders in children
New interdisciplinary research from Western University has uncovered fundamental links among three major learning difficulties in some school-age children. Although many children have specific problems with dyslexia, specific language impairment and dyscalculia, this study is the first to show a significant portion of these children have overlapping deficits. Importantly, the research team has also devised a 10-minute screening test that could be administered broadly in primary schools to identify children at risk for the different disorders. Read More - Here
Read Article in PLoS ONE - Here
You can watch the CTV News Story - Here.

November 18 2013 |
Abnormal brain activity points to damage in former players
Researchers at Imperial College (London, U.K.) and Western's Brain and Mind Institute have teamed up to study brain injuries in former National Football League (NFL) players. Read More - Here

October 31 2013 | BMI Announcement
Western University neuroscientist investigates why humans sleep
As North America prepares to turn its collective clocks back an hour this weekend, consequently gaining an hour of sleep, a neuroscientist at Western University is investigating one of the dominant hypotheses that would explain the unsolved mystery of why humans sleep. Read More - Here

October 28 2013 |
Understanding relationship between iron and MS
New research led by Dr. Ravi Menon at Western University is providing greater understanding of the critical role that iron deposits in the brain play in multiple sclerosis. You can read more at CTV News or Science Daily.

October 28 2013 | Maclean's
Dr. Grahn is interviewed for an article on the power of musical rhythm in "The New Brain", a Special Edition of Maclean’s Magazine. "In The New Brain, Maclean’s best writers examine the most intriguing ideas about the body’s most complex organ. Once the domain of philosophers, phrenologists, priests and psychiatrists, the brain is now being scrutinized by some of the finest scientific minds of our times. From Alzheimer’s and ADHD to autism and post-traumatic stress disorder, The New Brain is the definitive guide to some of the world’s most prominent medical mysteries." In an article entitled, "Let the Rhythm Take Control", Dr. Grahn comments on the possible origins of the special musical abilities in humans, and how music and language may have evolved together. She also discusses the role of music in infancy. The New Brain is available online (LINK HERE) or at newsstands now.

October 26 2013 | The Globe and Mail
The root of the problem: This is your brain on math
Take a look at this recent Globe and Mail story about research in Daniel Ansari's lab which is measuring the relationship between brain activity in children's brains and their ability to solve simple arithmetic problems. As PhD student, Anna Matejko, explains, "This work will one day help us understand where individual differences in mathematical ability come from."
Globe and Mail story - Here

October 25 2013 | CBC Radio Spark
The Treachery of Images
Jody Culham did an interview with Nora Young on CBC Radio1's Spark program. She discussed work done in collaboration with Jacqueline Snow (former postdoctoral fellow, now a professor at the University of Nevada Reno) on how real objects differ from photographs. You can listen to the interview - Here

August 21 2013 |
Why do we forget?
The Director of the US National Institute of Mental Health, Tom Insel, just identified an opinion paper recently co-authored by scientists at Sick Kids Hospital and BMI researcher Stefan Köhler as a major advance in understanding the neural basis of forgetting.
Check out his blog - Here

August 13 2013 | BMI Announcement
Research looks to communicate with coma patients
With the help of fMRI, behaviourally nonresponsive patients can use selective auditory attention to convey their ability to follow commands and communicate.
More - Here

July 2 2013 | Western News
Western team wins brain mapping hackathon
A team of researchers, fuelled predominantly by Western's Brain and Mind Institute, won top prize in the Hackathon at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping last week in Washington.
Read more - Here

May 29 2013 | BMI Announcement
Clarke Road Grade 10 Student off to Brain Bee
Coming off a recent win at the London Brain Bee, Clarke Road Secondary School student Melanie Colvin is preparing to duke it out with some of the best brains in the country during the Canadian National Brain Bee at Hamilton’s McMaster University. Read More - Here

May 21 2013 | BMI Announcement
MRI Research Technologist Needed
The Brain and Mind Institute at Western University in London Ontario is seeking an MRI Research Technologist to assist with MRI (particularly fMRI) data acquisition and analysis. At the moment the position has term temporary full-time status until Dec. 2013, but incoming funds are anticipated to enable us to convert the position to full-time permanent status.

May 3 2013 | BMI Announcement
Mel Goodale elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
On 2 May 2013 the Director of the Brain and Mind Institute, Dr Melvyn Goodale, was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society. Congratulations Mel. Read More - Here

Apr. 30 2013 |
Analyzing brain activity in near real time
Jingyun Chen, Jinhui Qin, Rhodri Cusack and Mark Daley demonstrated their real-time graph theory based neuroimaging platform at an IBM media event in Toronto. Dynamic graph representations of the subject's brain activity were projected live in Toronto -- in real time -- as the subject was in the 3T magnet at the CFMM in London.

Apr. 22 2013 |
2013 London Brain Bee
On Saturday April 6, 2013 The Brain and Mind Institute hosted high school students in the London and surrounding area from grades 9 through 12 to compete in the 2013 London Brain Bee. Students demonstrated their knowledge about the brain and neuroscience. Full Story

Apr. 1 2013 |
Daley and the Science Leadership Program
Mark Daley has been invited to participate in the Science Leadership Program being held May 2-4, 2013, at the University of Toronto. Only 8 people outside of U of T were chosen from across Canada to be SLP Fellows. Congratulations Mark!

Mar. 26 2013 |
Is “home” a concept or a reality? A place to begin from or a place to return to? Is home where the heart is or wherever you say it is? From our home planet to most intimate interactions in home life, TEDxWaterloo 2013 is chasingHOME and what happens when it is lost and found. Jessica Grahn will be speaking Wednesday, March 27th.

Mar. 25 2013 | BMI Announcement
Canada-Israel Symposium on Brain Plasticity, Learning, and Education

The symposium will take place at Western University from June 14 to 16, 2013. Both Canada and Israel have a number of groups that are investigating issues related Brain Plasticity, Learning and Education.

Mar. 15 2013 | BMI Announcement
Prof. Tutis Vilis has just published an e-textbook for medical students.
"My Brain Notes for Medical Students" went on sale in the iTunes bookstore March 15, 2013 for the iPad. If you like it, please rate it and add your review on iTunes. Prof. Vilis would also would appreciate your comments on things to add to the next edition: What do you think is the most important thing your doctor should know about the brain? View - Here

Mar. 1 2013 | BMI Announcement
Delusions of Identity in Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Stefan Köhler, faculty member in the Department of Psychology and a principal investigator in Western’s Brain and Mind Institute, just received Research Grant of the Alzheimer Foundation London and Middlesex to support a research project that addresses cognitive impairment that can be caused by dementia. Full Story

Feb. 26 2013 | Western News
Dr. Tutis Vilis receives Queen's Jubilee Award
Congratulations to Dr. Tutis Vilis, scientist/professor and civic activist. For over two decades, Tutis has been an active Director leading the Masonville Residents Association, in addition to serving on the executive of the Urban League of London for over a decade. He has coordinated community activities and made a valuable contribution to citizen engagement.

Feb. 25 2013 | BMI Announcement
Blind brain engages "visual" pathways when identifying object shape using echoes
A new study by Jennifer Milne, a PhD student, and colleagues from The Brain and Mind Institute at Western University in London found that the areas of the brain that use the echo-based cues about an object's shape are also located in the same region of the brain activated by visual cues for shape in a sighted person.
Paper in Neuropsychologia Journal - Here Listen to Jennifer Milne - Here

Feb. 14 2013 | Child Encyclopedia
Cognitive Stimulation (Executive Functioning)
J Bruce Morton and graduate student, Katie Knapp, edit the development of Executive Function on the on-line 'Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development' Read More

Feb. 13 2013 | Western News
Blind brain receives "visual" cues for identifying object shape
A significant number of blind humans, not unlike bats and dolphins, can localize silent objects in their environment simply by making clicking sounds with their mouth and listening to the returning echoes.
Read More

Feb. 8 2013 | The Globe and Mail
"Better living through telepathy?"
Will humans someday communicate by thought alone?
Read Article

Feb. 7 2013 | BMI Announcement
Announcing Cattell Fund Fellowship recipient
For the 2013-2014 academic year, one of three Cattell Fund Fellowship recipients is Stephen G. Lomber, a Professor of Physiology and Psychology at the Western University in London, Ontario.
Read More

Feb. 7 2013 | BMI Announcement
BMI Researchers secure CIHR funding for developing a new treatment for dementia
Two researchers at Western's Brain and Mind Institute have just received a 4-year grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research to evaluate the impact of a potential novel treatment for the loss of empathy that occurs in Frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
Read More

Feb. 2013 | Charaktery
Echolocation in Polish
An article about Mel Goodale's work on the neural basis of echolocation in the blind appears in the Polish science magazineCharaktery.
Read PDF Article

Jan. 31 2013 | Western News
Program Looks to build a safer implant/strong>
Blaine Chronik and his team are looking to build medical devices, such as pacemakers, that are safe for the public and the magnetic resonance (MR) environment.
Read More

Jan. 17 2013 | Western News
Owen documentary now available in Canada
The BBC-TV program Panorama featured Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen last fall detailing his revolutionary efforts to communicate with severely brain-injured patients. The documentary, The Mind Reader; Unlocking My Voice, was only available in the U.K. until now.
Watch Documentary

Jan. 2013 |
Western neuroscience study reveals new link between basic math skills and PSAT math success
New research from Western University provides brain imaging evidence that students well-versed in very basic single digit arithmetic (5+2=7 or 7-3=4) are better equipped to score higher on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), an examination sat by millions of students in the United States each year in preparation for college admission tests.
Watch Video

Jan. 7 2013 | Canadians for Health Research
Researcher of the Month in Visual Neuroscience
Like many young adults, after earning his first university degree, Mel Goodale traveled to Europe to “find himself”. He failed miserably. Instead, he spent a lot of time wandering around the U.K., taking odd jobs and living in damp apartments with dubious roommates.
Read More


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.
Read More

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. 
Find out More

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.
Learn More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

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. 
Watch Video

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.
Read More

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. 
Read More

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.
Find out More

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.
Read More

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'


2011 News and Announcements

Dec. 16, 2011 | Western News
New research identifies changes in spinal cord compression
Research from The University of Western Ontario is now looking beyond spinal cord injuries in patients to better understand what is happening in the brain.
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Nov. 1, 2011 |
We changed our name!
As of November 1, 2011, the Centre for Brain and Mind will be known as The Brain and Mind Institute. This change in our designation by the University of Western Ontario reflects the increasing visibility of our research enterprise on the international stage. The Brain and Mind Institute will continue to promote collaborations between Western researchers and other researchers around the world, and to seek new sources of funding for research in cognitive neuroscience, with a particular emphasis on international funding agencies. Since its inception, the Centre for Brain and Mind has been immensely productive, attracting substantial funding from federal and provincial sources, and has been recognized as successful research enterprise by both the scientific community and the general public. With the creation of the new Brain and Mind Institute, we look forward to creating even more opportunities for fostering research in cognitive neuroscience that is unmatched by any other research institute in the world.

Oct. 13, 2011 | Western News
Goodale to address renowned conference
Melvyn Goodale, director of the Centre for Brain and Mind at The University of Western Ontario, will address the 65th annual meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). One of eight speakers, Goodale will deliver the Mac Keith Press Basic Science Lectureship on Friday, Oct. 14 in Las Vegas.

Jul. 6, 2011 | Western News
Humour lends insight into vegetative state
How the human brain processes jokes may help researchers determine if a person in a vegetative state can experience positive emotions – a breakthrough that could help friends, relatives and doctors better understand a patient’s mental state of mind.
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June 30, 2011 | Western News
Brain research predicts premeditated actions
Bringing the real world into the brain scanner, researchers at The University of Western Ontario from The Centre for Brain and Mind can now determine the action a person was planning, mere moments before that action is actually executed.
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June 9, 2011 | Western News
Ken Valyear receives the Governor General’s Gold Medal
Ken Valyear is quick to say he isn’t a scientific whiz kid or boy wonder. But his curiosity, determination and strong work ethic have paid off, earning him the Governor General’s Gold Medal.
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June 3, 2011| Science News
A year adds up to big changes in brain
“I think this is really fascinating,” says cognitive neuroscientist Daniel Ansari of the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. “Anybody who doesn’t believe that development is important needs to read this paper, because it really shows how dynamically the brain changes as we learn.”
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May 13, 2011 | Western News
Seeing through sound: How a tongue click gave one man independence
Watching Daniel Kish climb aboard a bicycle and pedal along a path may not seem like a spectacular feat. Unless you know he has been fully blind since 13 months of age.
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May 25, 2011 | The Globe and Mail
Radar-like 'inner vision' helps blind learn to navigate beyond preconceived limits
Daniel Kish has no eyes, but can ride his bike down the street and walk through an unfamiliar airport on his own. He travels the world teaching other blind people the bat-like navigational technique that gives him so much freedom and allows him to perceive trees, bushes, cars or the furniture in a hotel room.
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May 25, 2011 | CBC News
Blind people echolocate with visual part of brain
Blind people who navigate using clicks and echoes, like bats and dolphins do, recruit the part of the brain used by sighted people to see, a new study has found.
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May 25, 2011 | PLOS ONE
Neural Correlates of Natural Human Echolocation in Early and Late Blind Echolocation Experts
By Mel Goodale, Lore Thaler, and Stephen R. Arnott
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Mar. 8, 2011 | Science Daily
Right-Handers, but Not Left-Handers, Are Biased to Select Their Dominant Hand
The vast majority of humans -- over 90% -- prefer to use their right hand for most skilled tasks. For decades, researchers have been trying to understand why this asymmetry exists. Why, with our two cerebral hemispheres and motor cortices, are we not equally skilled with both hands?
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Jan. 27, 2011 | Western News
Awarding excellence from our staff: Haitao Yang
Computer system administrator, Department of Psychology Haitao Yang is one person a lot of folks count on. His focus remains on software development, network maintenance and support/maintenance for more than 60 computers.

Jan. 14, 2011 | The Globe and Mail
Why things just don't add up for some students
It is not a typical math test. The elementary school students lie as still as they can in a brain scanner while they answer questions for University of Western Ontario neuroscientist Daniel Ansari. "Which number is larger, 7 or 1? What about 9 or 8?"
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2010 News and Announcements

Oct. 10, 2010 | BBC News Health
Deaf people 'can rewire brains'
People deaf from birth may be able to reassign the area of their brain used for hearing to boost their sight, suggests a study.
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Oct. 10, 2010| Healthzone
Brain sees what it can’t hear, study finds
People born deaf can see with parts of their brain that normally process sound, a new University of Western Ontario study says.
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May 17, 2010 | Western News
Owen joins Centre for Brain and Mind
One of the world's foremost neuroscientists, Adrian Owen, has been recruited to The University of Western Ontario as a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) and will bring his remarkable research program from the University of Cambridge.