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  • Why do you connect with some people and not with others? How can you feel that you really understand someone, only to discover that you're wrong? Thalia Wheatley, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, strives to answer these questions and other mysteries of human emotion by “looking under the hood” at how the brain governs social thought and behavior. Wheatley earned her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Virginia and came to...

  • This Focus on Faculty Q&A is part of an ongoing series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom.

    With about 100 billion cells in the human brain (and each having upwards of 10,000 connections with other cells), David Bucci, a professor of psychological and brain sciences, pinpoints the big question in 21st-century brain science: How do...

  • This Focus on Faculty Q&A is one in an ongoing series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom.

    Devin Balkcom, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, spends a lot of time thinking about the best way to get from here to there. Specifically, he studies the fundamental mechanics of locomotion and manipulation—the interface between robots and the...

  • "I haven't really planned much of my career," says Adina Roskies, a professor of philosophy at Dartmouth. "I tend to just go where things take me."

    Originally, Roskies thought her career might take her into outer space. "I wanted to be an astronaut," she says. "For a long time, I was going to be an astrophysicist."

    But as a senior at Yale, she had an epiphany. “What I really wanted to...

  • Music and movement reflect the rhythm of life, stirring human emotions in societies around the world. Even infants display signs of the interconnectedness of music and movement as they bounce up and down to musical rhythms. Music and movement might be characterized as two sides of the same coin—the coin being emotion.

    Gaining an understanding of the connections between these behavioral expressions is a quest Dartmouth researchers have undertaken.

    “Music sets us in motion—...

  • Exercise clears the mind. It gets the blood pumping and more oxygen is delivered to the brain. This is familiar territory, but Dartmouth’s David Bucci thinks there is much more going on.

    “In the last several years there have been data suggesting that neurobiological changes are happening—[there are] very brain-specific mechanisms at work here,” says Bucci, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.


  • Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Thalia Wheatley hypnotized award-winning actor Alan Alda as part of an experiment on free will the pair conducted while Alda was recently at Dartmouth to learn about Wheatley’s brain research. Their experiments may be included in an upcoming PBS special Alda is making called Brains on Trial.

    Alda, who was on campus March 30 with a production crew, filmed segments with Wheatley in her lab.

    “It was an amazing...

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    A team of neuroscientists at Dartmouth College has shown that different individuals’ brains use the same, common neural code to recognize complex visual images.

    Their paper, “A common, high-...