Selfish or selfless? Human nature means you're both

Cognitive neuroscientists use brain imaging and behavioral economic games to investigate people's sense of fairness. They find it's common to take care of yourself before looking out for others.

Jean Decety, Professor of Psychology, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago • conversation
March 17, 2021 ~10 min

Your feelings about memories shape your decisions

Researchers have found that we rely on subjective memory, how we feel about what happened, rather than objective memory to make decisions.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
March 16, 2021 ~6 min

Brain’s reading areas fire up for math too

New research on dyslexia points to an unexpected conclusion: Areas of the brain behind reading skill are also involved in math tasks.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
March 12, 2021 ~8 min

Can restarting aging stem cells fight memory decline?

A new study in mice shows how aging affects stem cells in the brain, as well as how to reactivate the production of neurons.

U. Zurich • futurity
March 11, 2021 ~5 min

How your brain backs off bad solutions to a problem

Avoiding the worst options can be as key to problem solving as finding the best option. New research digs into how the brain knows it's on the wrong track.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
March 5, 2021 ~7 min

Study offers an explanation for why the APOE4 gene enhances Alzheimer’s risk

The gene variant disrupts lipid metabolism, but in cell experiments the effects were reversed by choline supplements.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 3, 2021 ~7 min

Patient’s own stem cells may repair spinal cord injury

Using a patient's own stem cells may offer a way to repair spinal cord injuries. In a new study, researchers saw improved walking and motor function.

Yale • futurity
March 3, 2021 ~4 min

We seek ‘likes’ online the way animals seek treats

"Reward learning" can describe both behavior on social media and animals seeking food, research suggests.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
March 1, 2021 ~5 min

Evolution: lab-grown 'mini brains' suggest one mutation might have rewired the human mind

Neanderthal-human hybrid brains grown in the lab give fascinating insights into evolution.

Per Brattås, Postgraduate Researcher in Clinical Genomics, Lund University • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~8 min

Peek at your own brain activity may curb mental illness symptoms

A technique called real-time fMRI neurofeedback that lets people see their own brain activity could help curb symptoms of depression, anxiety, and more.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~9 min