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Vancouver professor receives $1.1 million in grants to study how the brain understands what it hears

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By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Christine Portfors, associate professor of biology and neuroscience and head of the Hearing and Communication Laboratory at Washington State University Vancouver, has received two federal grants totaling more than $1.1 million over three years. The grants will be used to study how neurons in the brains of mice detect, discriminate and categorize the different types of sounds mice use to communicate. » More …

Presenter tells how brain research changes teaching

Approximately 175 teachers are meeting this week at Washington State University’s College of Education to learn about the latest research in effective teaching, including the keynote presentation about the educational implications of recent research in brain structure and development.The presenter is Robert Sylwester, emeritus professor of education at the University of Oregon, who focuses on the educational implications of new developments in science and technology. Sylwester is the author of 20 books and writes a monthly column in the Internet journal, “Brain Connection” at http://www.brainconnection.com. He has made more than 1,400 conference presentations on educationally significant developments in brain/stress theory and research. The … » More …