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Marcel Just, PhD September 14, 2012, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Special Guest Lecture

Decoding Individual Concepts from Their Brain Activation Signatures, in Neurotypicals and in Autism

Marcel Just, PhD
D.O. Hebb Professor
Department of Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University

Marcel Adam Just, the D.O. Hebb Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon and Director of its Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging, is a researcher and scientific contributor in a broad set of areas of neuroscience, with major funding for over three decades from NIH (including a Senior Scientist Award) and ONR (Office of Naval Research).  He is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society of Text & Discourse. He has made pioneering brain imaging contributions in autism, dyslexia, multitasking, and thought identification (from brain images) that have been published in leading journals.  He is the developer of one of the leading theories of autism, has helped to develop the first successful attempt to decode a simple thought from a person’s brain activity (published in Science), has demonstrated the brain consequences of cell phone use during driving, and has demonstrated for the first time that the brains of children who are poor readers can be changed, not just in how they activate, but also in their very anatomy.  In addition to the scientific research, he has also been involved in relating neuroscience findings to public policy, including providing testimony on the biological basis of autism to the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Subcommittee on Human Rights & Wellness, and testimony on cell phone use during driving to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Transportation Committee Hearing. 

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