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Natalie Portman published a paper

Did you know that Natalie Portman (under the name, Natalie Hershlag) published a paper in a scientific journal in 2002 while being at Harvard?

Frontal lobe activation during object permanence: data from near-infrared spectroscopy.

The ability to create and hold a mental schema of an object is one of the milestones in cognitive development. Developmental scientists have named the behavioral manifestation of this competence object permanence. Convergent evidence indicates that frontal lobe maturation plays a critical role in the display of object permanence, but methodological and ethical constrains have made it difficult to collect neurophysiological evidence from awake, behaving infants. Near-infrared spectroscopy provides a noninvasive assessment of changes in oxy- and deoxyhemoglobin and total hemoglobin concentration within a prescribed region. The evidence described in this report reveals that the emergence of object permanence is related to an increase in hemoglobin concentration in frontal cortex.

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  1. not surprised because heard she is a good student. I am impressed that she can balance the research and acting.

    June 30, 2011
  2. Amazing! I didn’t know.

    June 30, 2011
  3. She had to be smart to keep up with Anakin Skywalkerr….May the force be with her.

    July 2, 2011
  4. its nice to listen that…. student will be just ruled on world….
    thanks buddy

    July 4, 2011

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