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This section contains regularly updated highlights of the news from around The Johns Hopkins University. Links to the complete news reports from the nine schools, the Applied Physics Laboratory and other centers and institutes are to the left, as are links to help news media contact the Johns Hopkins communications offices.

 

What Goes Wrong in the Brain When Someone Can’t Spell

By studying stroke victims who have lost the ability to spell, researchers have pinpointed the parts of the brain that control how we write words.

The Amazing Adaptability of the Brain’s Vision Center

By early childhood, the sight regions of a blind person’s brain respond to sound, especially spoken language, a Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist has found.

Say What? How the Brain Separates Our Ability to Talk and Write

Although the human ability to write evolved from our ability to speak, in the brain, writing and talking are now such independent systems that someone who can’t write a grammatically correct sentence may be able say it aloud flawlessly, discovered a team led by Johns Hopkins University cognitive scientist Brenda Rapp.

Futures Seminars to Determine Academic Direction at Johns Hopkins

Ten distinguished cognitive neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists and linguists from top institutions across the country will gather at Shriver and Mason halls this week to discuss what promise to be the most exciting new developments in the study of the mind and brain over the coming decade. Sponsored by the departments of Cognitive Science and Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, this seminar will do more than stimulate discussion: It will create a blueprint for the future of cognitive and brain sciences at The Johns Hopkins University. This event is the seventh in a series of Futures Seminars that began in September with the Classics Department and has included sessions for the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Anthropology and History; the Humanities Center; and the Film and Media Studies program. By this time next year, 21 Futures Seminars comprising every department, discipline and program in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences will have been held, according to Katherine Newman, the James B. Knapp Dean of the school.

A Step Closer to Treating Memory Loss In Age-Related Diseases

Using a $1.3 million National Institutes of Health grant underwritten by the federal stimulus act, Krieger School psychologist Michela Gallagher and her team are about to embark on one of their most important studies yet: determining whether a medication commonly used to treat seizures can help improve memory and brain function in adults suffering from mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, a common precursor to full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.