Sohee Park and Geoff Woodman Receive Chancellors Research Award


   Park and Woodman were honored for their two papers “Synchronizing theta oscillations with direct-current stimulation strengthens adaptive control in the human brain” and “Medial–Frontal Stimulation Enhances Learning in Schizophrenia by Restoring Prediction Error Signaling.” Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and in Journal of Neuroscience, these papers develop a novel treatment and intervention that can successfully restore high-level mental functions, which when malfunctioning, are believed to be the primary cause of schizophrenia.

   “Against the background of scientific knowledge that shows neural activity within the brain arises when a mismatch occurs between what someone expects to happen and what actually occurs, Sohee and Geoffrey demonstrated that using trans-cranial direct-current stimulation, both of these signals can be boosted,” Zeppos said. “The result was an improvement in the ability to detect one’s own errors and learn from misperceptions.”

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