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Russell Poldrack
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Russell Poldrack, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Neurobiology and Director of the Imaging Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin. His research uses brain imaging to understand the brain systems that underlie our ability to learn new skills, make good decisions, and exert self-control. He is also involved in research that aims to understand how these functions go awry in people with neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, drug addiction, ADHD, and Tourette Syndrome. His research has garnered awards from the American Psychological Associations and the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.

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ADHD: Is Our Information Culture The Cause?

Posted December 27, 2010 | 08:15:35 (EST)

As Dr. Perri Klass points out in her piece in the December 13 New York Times, scientists and physicians now widely recognize Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a real brain disease. There is still a great deal of debate about the mechanisms in the brain that cause...

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Are "Learning Styles" Important In Teaching Methods?

Posted December 22, 2009 | 17:51:01 (EST)

We've all heard it before: "I am a visual learner," "My child is a verbal learner," and so on. The idea that there are different learning styles, and that education works best when it meshes with an individual's learning style, are deeply embedded in our culture. It's also big business,...

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How Habits Can Make Or Break Us

Posted November 23, 2009 | 17:24:52 (EST)

We've all done it: We leave the house with the intention of driving to the dry cleaners, and then minutes later find that we forgot to make the right turn and instead ended up at the office. The universal nature of this kind of "auto-pilot" experience shows just how powerful...

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Multitasking: The Brain Seeks Novelty

Posted October 28, 2009 | 10:09:20 (EST)

This is my first blog post for the Huffington Post, so let me start by introducing myself. I'm a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Austin, where I use brain imaging to study how the human mind achieves its amazing feats and why it sometimes fails. In this blog...

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