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Wang B., Mezlini A. M., Demir F., Fiume M., Tu Z., Brudno M., Haibe-Kains B., Goldenberg A. (2014). Similarity Network Fusion for Aggregating Data Types on a Genomic Scale. Nature Methods, Jan. 26.
recent technologies have made it cost-effective to collect diverse types of genome-wide data. computational methods are needed to combine these data to create a comprehensive view of a given disease or a biological process. similarity network fusion (snF) solves this problem by constructing networks of samples (e.g., patients) for each available data type and then efficiently fusing these into one network that represents the full spectrum of underlying data. For example, to create a comprehensive view of a disease given a cohort of patients, snF computes and fuses patient similarity networks obtained from each of their data types separately, taking advantage of the complementarity in the data. We used snF to combine mrnA expression, dnA methylation and micrornA (mirnA) expression data for five cancer data sets. snF substantially outperforms single data type analysis and established integrative approaches when identifying cancer subtypes and is effective for predicting survival.

Research Opportunities (199s)
  • Tools and Your Body
    In everyday life there is a boundary between our bodies and the external environment. Is this perceived boundary fixed or can it be altered? What happens to your body perception when you use a tool? Does this tool become incorporated into the brain's representation of YOU? If Edward Scissorhands were ...
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  • Twongue Tisters: What do speech errors reveal about the mind?
    Very little is known about how people formulate the thoughts they want to convey through language. Some of the best evidence comes from what happens when speech production fails. The speech errors that people make can reveal subtle aspects of how they're planning what to say. The Language and Cognition ...
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  • Language Development and Remediation in Children
    We are evaluating two interventions for dyslexia that involve training the temporal dynamics of the visual system (magnocellular pathway) and the auditory system, and whether the two interventions together have super-additive effects. As a Research Assistant, you would be traveling to one or two of five participating local elementary schools ...
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  • Visual Perception and the Construction of Meaning in Language
    Can comprehending a sentence literally change how you see? What about the other way around? How is it that reading or hearing about an event can seemingly transport you to another place and make you feel like you are there? What are the psychological mechanisms that contribute to the meaning ...
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  • Speech Production Adaptation to Individual Speakers
    When speaking to another person, we tailor our speech production based on information we know about that person: for example, you probably don't use the same vocabulary with a professor as you do with a 2-year-old. This project will investigate how specific this adaptation in the speech production system is. ...
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  • Spanish Brain, English Brain
    Do bilinguals think differently in each of their languages? For instance, do Spanish-English bilinguals pay attention to different aspects of the world when performing a task in Spanish versus English? When they're performing a task in Spanish, do they show a bias towards Spanish-sounding names that disappears when they're performing ...
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  • Brain Mechanisms Meditating Attentional Sets and Navigational Decisions
    Movement through the environment demands constant change in how we take in information (our attentional set) and how we use that information to make decisions. The Nitz laboratory studies this dynamic process at its core, by directly examining the neural substrates of attention and spatial cognition through multiple single neuron ...
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  • Body Working Memory
    Do individuals differ in their ability to recognize and reproduce others’ gestures and body movements? Initial research from the Brain and Cognition Lab suggests that there is a specific subset of working memory associated with reproducing body positions and gestures, and that this ability is correlated with an individual’s sensitivity ...
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  • Investigating brain development and cognitive function
    Application Deadline: April 9th, 2014 The Center for Human Development is a research organization at the University of California, San Diego. CHD researchers ask questions like: What are the factors that influence developing minds and personalities? How and why do we become individuals? What role is played by our experiences? ...
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  • How does the mind make music?
    What happens inside the mind when we hear music? Recent research suggests that listeners activate highly detailed representations of music they've heard before, and that this colors their in-the-moment experience of the music they're listening to. The current project explores questions such as: What types of information get activated during ...
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  • Examining spatial construals of time in the human mind
    While it is clear that people around the world talk and think about time in terms of spatial concepts, many questions remain regarding the link between spatial and temporal concepts. The Embodied Cognition lab is interested in understanding cognition from the perspective of the embodied mind, investigating how the peculiarities ...
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  • Cognitive Processes
    “Raednig thees wrods semes to be esaeir tahn you mgiht hvae tohuhgt; waht colud epxlian tihs?” Could you read the sentence above? Having any trouble understanding or recognizing these words? If we think about word recognition in a way just like dictionary searching, it's almost impossible to understand such a ...
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  • Sensory Processing in ASD / Attention and Eye Movement Training
    Our group uses EEG, eye-tracking, motion capture, and behavioral testing to study attention, sensory processing, and motor function in Autism Spectrum Disorder. We offer a hands-on laboratory research experience during which you will learn to design experiments and collect and analyze EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, and motor data. We are looking for ...
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  • Connecting the Disconnected with KA Lite
    Lab: Foundation for Learning Equality @ Calit2 Can information technology radically change the way we learn? Who can gain the most from free, open access to resources? At the Foundation for Learning Equality, a non-profit based at Calit2, we are harnessing the power of technology for education to take it ...
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  • Cognitive Tasks to Study Development
    The Center for Human Development is a research organization at the University of California, San Diego. CHD researchers ask questions like: What are the factors that influence developing minds and personalities? How and why do we become individuals? What role is played by our experiences? By our genes? How does ...
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Department Events (see all)

Teri Lawton (CRL talk)

Remediation of abnormal visual motion processing significantly improves attention, reading fluency, and working memory in dyslexia

Temporal processing deficits resulting from sluggish magnocellular pathways in dorsal stream cortical areas have been shown to be a key factor limiting reading performance in dyslexics. To investigate the efficacy of reading interventions designed to improve temporal processing speed, we performed a randomized trial on 75 dyslexic second graders in six public elementary schools, comparing interventions targeting the temporal dynamics of either the ...
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Tue, Apr 22nd, 4:00pm-5:00pm (CSB 280)
(2 days, 12 hours from now)

Geof Bowker (Design at Large Seminar)

Geof Bowker
UC Irvine, Informatics
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Wed, Apr 23rd, 4:30pm-6:00pm (Marshall Room, Price Center)
(3 days, 12 hours from now)

Rene Vidal (CogSci talk)

Discovering the Language of Surgery

Recent technological advances, such as Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery, have changed the way in which surgery can be performed, resulting in better precision, smaller incisions and reduced recovery time. However, the steep learning curve together with the lack of fair, objective, and effective criteria for judging the skills acquired by a trainee may reduce the benefits of this technology. In this talk, I will present methods based on sparse dictionary learning, dynamical systems and ...
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Fri, Apr 25th, 11:00am-12:00pm (CSB 003)
(5 days, 7 hours from now)

CRL talk

Tue, Apr 29th, 4:00pm-5:00pm (CSB 280)
(1 week, 2 days from now)

CogSci Alumni Reunion

Great Speakers - Interesting Panel - Reception
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Sat, May 3rd, 12:00pm-7:00pm (Atkinson Hall, Qualcomm Institute)
(1 week, 6 days from now)

Campus-wide Events (see all)

Mike Wehr (CNS talk)

What does inhibitory circuitry do in auditory cortex?

In the past decade we've learned a great deal about the broad roles of synaptic inhibition in auditory cortex, but little is known about the functions of specific subtypes of inhibitory interneurons. I'll tell you about our recent work on specific interneuron types (mainly parvalbumin-expressing cells, but also somatostatin-expressing cells), and how they affect auditory receptive fields, perception, and learning.

Mike Wehr
University of Oregon
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Tue, Apr 22nd, 12:00pm-1:00pm (Crick Conference Room (3rd floor of Mandler Hall))
(2 days, 8 hours from now)

Adrienne Fairhall (Neuro talk)

Computation in neurons and networks

Neural networks typically make use of simplified, stereotypical neuronal units, while in reality single neurons show fascinating and diverse properties that give them a range of computational and representational powers. The emerging ability that molecular techniques provide to identify, record from and manipulate the activity of different cell types highlights the gap between the network and biophysical levels of understanding of neural computation. We will discuss some of the computational properties of single ...
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Tue, Apr 22nd, 4:00pm-5:00pm (CNCB Large Conference Room)
(2 days, 12 hours from now)

Alysson Muotri (Stem cell seminar)

Modeling human neurodevelopment using stem cells

Alysson Muotri, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego

IEM Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine and Engineering
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Wed, Apr 23rd, 12:00pm-1:00pm (1120 Pharmaceutical Sciences (Skaggs))
(3 days, 8 hours from now)

Judith Kroll (Psychology talk)

How the mind and the brain negotiate competition for selection in bilingual speech

Although proficient bilinguals are able to speak fluently in each of their two languages, recent studies suggest that both languages are continually active, to the point where the unintended language is often on the tip of the speaker’s tongue. In this talk, I describe behavioral, ERP, and fMRI evidence on bilingual speech planning that suggests that alternatives in each language are planned but that the native ...
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Thu, Apr 24th, 4:00pm-5:00pm (Crick Conference Room)
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