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Dr. Michael Posner


For more than fifty years Michael Posner has studied how mental operations, particularly those related to attention, are carried out by neural networks.

He has used cognitive, imaging and genetic methods. In 1998 he was founding director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College. He continues studies as Prof. Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Prof. at Weill Medical College.

His current work examine the mechanisms of changes in white matter resulting from various forms of training. A mouse model is used to examine the general
changes with learning and the reason for individual differences in changed connectivity.

He has received many honors including in 2009 medal of science by President Obama and in 2017 he was awarded the Franklin medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.

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