Neuroscientists open doors to collaboration

In the Biopsychological Research Building basement, Prof. Ed Vogel swings open a metal door, revealing a metal-lined, closet-sized compartment. Vogel and fellow neuroscientist Ed Awh, collaborators since 2001 who share a lab, will use these electromagnetically shielded booths that block external noise and electronic interference to measure neural activity—signals as small as a millionth of a volt. Awh and Vogel, two leading scholars whose joint research focuses on visual cognition and working memory, joined the University of Chicago’s growing neuroscience and cellular science faculty in fall 2015. Awh and Vogel study how people visually take in and hold onto information to make decisions and act. They also examine people’s ability to focus their attention and tendency to lapse into distraction. “A central question we examine regards how individuals differ in…


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