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News and notes from the Bunge Lab and beyond

NIH-NICHD Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award!


Congratulations! Postdoctoral Scholar Ariel Starr has received the NIH-NICHD Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for her project titled: “Longitudinal Research on the Links Between Reasoning and Math.” This project plans on conducting cognitive play interventions designed to boost reasoning and math skills in kindergarten and first-grade students as well as delving into the neural mechanisms supporting the links between these two abilities.

Frontiers Human Neuroscience Publication

Frontiers Human Neuroscience
Professor Bunge contributed to a new eBook: The Reasoning Brain: the interplay between cognitive neuroscience and theories of reasoning.

Society of Experimental Psychologists


Congratulations! Professor Bunge has been elected as a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in Psychology.

Opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley

The Building Blocks of Cognition Laboratory at UC Berkeley seeks a postdoctoral scholar to analyze an existing longitudinal dataset to characterize the influences of demographic variables on developmental changes in brain connectivity (structural and functional) and cognitive functioning in a sample of over 500 participants between ages 6 and 22. Dependent measures of particular interest for this proposal are socioeconomic status, early life stress, sex, and pubertal status (as well as pubertal hormone data from a subset of participants). Independent measures are reasoning and episodic memory, and their underlying brain networks. Experience with neuroimaging data analysis, particularly of functional or structural connectivity, is essential. Statistical modeling of longitudinal data (or aptitude and desire to learn) will be equally important. The incumbent will work in the Building Blocks of Cognition laboratory of Professor Silvia Bunge at UC Berkeley, and will collaborate with Research Scientists Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, as well as with Professors Simona Ghetti, Emilio Ferrer, and Laurie Cutting.
The term of this appointment is one year, beginning as soon as the spring of 2017. This term may be extended, pending funding and level of productivity.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The postdoctoral scholar will manage a large longitudinal dataset, conduct brain imaging data analyses, coordinate with several co-investigators, take the lead on writing and revising manuscripts, and present results locally and at conferences.

QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD or equivalent degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Statistics, or a closely related field is required by the start date. At the time of application, the basic required qualification is the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (required by start date): Experience with at least one of the following is required: neuroimaging data analysis and longitudinal data analysis. Must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team; be self-motivated; have critical thinking abilities; demonstrated written/oral communication skills; and have a proven publication record.

SALARY and BENEFITS: The initial appointment is full-time for one year, with possibility of renewal. The salary range for this position is $48,216.00 – $52,140.00. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. The University of California offers a comprehensive benefits package for postdoctoral scholars. (
This position is open until filled. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Professor Silvia Bunge at sbunge @ Applications can be submitted at

Complete applications will include a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for one (1) to two (2) references.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Materials for Learning and the Brain conference attendees

Dear conference attendees,

Thanks for your interest in our work. Here are the materials you asked for:

Study examining cognitive benefits of playing games
List of games used in the study 
Effects of law school test prep on brain structure
Effects of law school test prep on brain function


Silvia Bunge

Interview with Professor Pio Tudela

Professor Pio Tudela at the University of Granada held an interview with Professor Bunge about the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience.

Upcoming Conferences

Professor Bunge is on the board for two upcoming conferences.

FLUX Congress 2016
FLUX Conference 2016

IMBES 2016 Conference

Jacobs Foundation and Alexander von Humboldt Awards!

Professor Bunge received both an Alexander von Humbold Research Award and a Jacobs Foundation Advanced Career Research Fellowship! Congratulations!

Scientific American: How Does Poverty Affect the Brain?

Professor Bunge gave an interview to the Scientific American at the Society forScientificAmericanPoverty
Neuroscience (SFN) conference in Chicago last week!
How Does Poverty Affect the Brain?

Flux Conference 2015

Silvia_FluxPresentation_2015 Professor Bunge gave a talk at last week’s Flux Congress in Lieden, The Netherlands! The Flux Congress acts as a forum for developmental cognitive neuroscientists and psychologists to share their findings, expand their knowledge base, and be informed of translational approaches. Prof. Bunge is a founding member of the Executive Committee for the Congress.

To find out more, check out their website:

The Fourth Annual Flux Congress will be held September 13-16, 2016, in St. Louis, MO.