News

  • Alec receives ICRU fellowship

    April 11, 2018 - 8:30am

    Alec Mather was selected as an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) summer fellowship. This fellowship was previously granted to both Kylie (2016) and Isabella (2017), and has led to two great research projects conducted by our undergraduate researchers - including one publication in J Neuro. Thank you to the ICRU and congratulations to Alec!

  • Darcy to present at CNS in Boston

    March 22, 2018 - 4:30pm

    Darcy will be presenting her poster at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual meeting in Boston this weekend. Please go check it out:

    https://www.cogneurosociety.org/mycns/?page=poster_detail&id=11520

  • Lab receives NIH R01 grant

    January 17, 2018 - 10:45am

    The lab has just received a 5 year grant from NINDS to study the neural basis of cognitive flexibility. See more detail here: https://psychology.uiowa.edu/resources/news/jan-wessel-receives-nih-gran...

  • New paper in The Journal of Neuroscience

    January 5, 2018 - 12:30pm

    Isabella, Darcy, and Jan have new work at The Journal of Neuroscience this week: http://www.jneurosci.org/content/early/2018/01/05/JNEUROSCI.3091-17.2017

    From the significance statement:

    The ability to rapidly stop ongoing actions allows humans to flexibly and rapidly adapt their behavior. Action-stopping is important in daily life (e.g., stopping to cross the street when a car approaches) and is severely impaired in many neuropsychiatric disorders. Therefore, finding ways to improve action stopping could aid adaptive behaviors in health and disease. Our current study shows that presenting unexpected sounds in stopping-situations facilitates successful stopping. This improvement is specifically due to a surprise-related increase in a neural mechanism for motor inhibition, which rapidly suppresses the excitability of the motor system after unexpected events. These findings suggest a tight interaction between the neural systems for surprise processing and motor inhibition, and yield a promising avenue for future research.

    Open data for this study is available as well (link in the article).