Congratulations to –Dr.– Stephen Bailey! (Oct. 25th.)


As we all know, the life of a grad or phd student is a difficult one. Much of your time is spent delicately balancing life and important research that will far outlive you. Many days and nights are spent on the edge of delirium and sleep deprivation, all to get that degree and learn a little more. One person in our lab has neared the end of this chapter of his education and we couldn’t be happier to our very own – Doctor – Stephen Kent Bailey. Although you may be leaving our lab soon, you’ll be taking our well wishes with you, along with our undying knowledge that you will continue to succeed and exceed our wildest hopes for you.

Congratulations on your accomplishment from everyone here at EBRL Dr. Bailey!

Laurie Cutting to be awarded Women in Cognitive Sciences Leadership Award 2018


In acknowledgement of her efforts to advance the success of women in Cognitive Science, Dr. Cutting has been selected to receive a Leadership award from Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS), just prior to the start of the 2018 Psychonomic Society Meeting in New Orleans.

WiCS has instituted a Leadership Award to recognize initiatives that individuals have taken, beyond their own students and labs, to benefit women in cognitive science more broadly.

Dr. Cutting is one of two winners this year; the inaugural year of the award.


Laurie Cutting Honored with NIH Merit Award

Read the full article here :

Laurie Cutting, Vanderbilt educational neuroscientist, honored with NIH Merit Award

by  Oct. 5, 2018, 8:22 AM

EBRL’s own Dr. Laurie Cutting is to be awarded with the NIH Merit Award; an award created in 1986 designed to create long-term funding support to particularly outstanding investigators. Unlike most grant awards, the MERIT award cannot be applied for by the investigator, meaning only the most distinctly outstanding researchers are awarded it.


As reported in the article above: “(Dr.)…Cutting is among only 33 Vanderbilt researchers to have received an NIH Merit Award, and one of only 5 women.”

Neuroscience Graduate Program Retreat (9/27/18)



The annual Vanderbilt Brain Institute (VBI) Retreat was held on September 27th, 2018, and EBRL’s graduate student’s presence definitely could be felt!  The annual gathering was host to a wide range of students in the field and excellent research from a variety of different laboratories to share ideas, promote collaboration, and celebrate a joy for research. Discussions were lively and poster sessions were survived.

In the end, EBRL is proud to say that our own Laurie Cutting and Katherine Aboud both walked away with awards!

Laurie Cutting was awarded with Best Mentor


Katherine Aboud was awarded with:

Elaine Sanders-Bush Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research, Vanderbilt Brain Institute (2018)


Best Oral Presentation, Vanderbilt Brain Institute (2018)!


Congratulations to you both!!

EBRL Moves! (8/13)

The Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab has moved to a new building!

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Last week we moved to 1400 18th Avenue South, Nashville TN, just a few blocks away from our old office.

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It’s been a hectic few weeks, but we are all excited to continue our research and study in our brand new home!

Congratulations to Walden Ferrell on her poster presentation! (7/11)

The lab would like to publicly congratulate our intern Walden Ferrell on her excellent poster presentation over some of the preliminary findings of the lab. Walden has been working with the lab for some time and has been a valuable asset. Working closely with lab member Tin Nyugen, Walden generated this poster to present with her classmates as a part of her continued internship. A small crowd and a steady stream of inquiring minds were always present at her poster, which she handled wonderfully. We can’t wait for her to return in the fall to continue working with us, and we wish her continued academic success!

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Cutting Lab to present at Twenty-Fifth Annual SSSR Meeting (7/18 – 7/21)

Twenty-Fifth Annual SSSR Meeting

Location: Hilton Brighton Metropole (Brighton, United Kingdom)
 July 18-21, 2018
Program Chair: Robert Savage

Poster Presentation

*presenting authors

Neena Saha*, Stephen Bailey, & Laurie Cutting. Initial Validation Evidence for the Decoding System Measure (DSyM): A Measure of Decoding Difficulty.


Tin Nguyen*, Stephanie Del Tufo, & Laurie Cutting. Executive Functions and Brain Structural Development Support the Growth of Readers’ Self-Correction Probability.


Invited Symposium

Topic: Reading Comprehension Across the Ages: Learning to Read and Reading to Learn

Mercedes Spencer & Laurie Cutting*. “Considering the Role of Executive Function in the Simple View of Reading.”



*presenting author

Topic: New Insights into the Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Reading Development and Disability

Daniel Leopold, Andrew Reineberg, Kai Wang, Marie Banich, Erik Willcutt, Lee Thompson, Laurie Cutting, & Stephen Petrill. “Prediction of Individual Differences in Adolescent Reading Ability Using A Priori Neuroanatomy and Task-Based fMRI.”


Topic: Neuroimaging the Typical and Atypical Development of Reading Over Time

Laurie Cutting*. “Longitudinal Changes in Brain Connectivity During Reading Development.”

Stephen Bailey’s talk at ORAL SESSION: Language; Convention in Singapore (Wednesday, 6/20)

Reorganization of resting-state networks while reading and listening: a developmental perspective

Presented During: ORAL SESSION: Language
Wednesday, Jun 20: 11:30 AM  – 11:42 AM
Oral Sessions
Singapore Convention Center
Room: Room 324-326
One of the chief insights about the “resting” brain is that it segregates into densely intra-connected resting-state networks. These include primary sensory regions but also associative and executive networks. Complicated cognitive tasks such as reading and listening comprehension require rapid coordination between these different networks, but how they transiently reorganize during different language use has not been well-described. Such a line of investigation is particularly valuable in the context of developing readers, who are mapping visual systems onto existing language circuitry: identifying differences between reading and listening comprehension may elucidate which systems uniquely support reading comprehension. In this study, we use graph theory and functional data from oral and written language tasks (i.e., listening and reading comprehension) in children to describe the local and global reorganization of the brain during reading and listening.


Stephen Bailey, Vanderbilt University

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