Why aren’t people good at thinking just for fun?

Thinking for pleasure or daydreaming can be a great way to tackle boredom or stress. So why are so many adults unable or unwilling to do it?

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
March 5, 2021 ~6 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

Clever cuttlefish show advanced self-control, like chimps and crows

A marine version of the Stanford marshmallow experiment helped show cuttlefish can delay gratification.

Alexandra Schnell, Research Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge • conversation
March 3, 2021 ~7 min

Basic cell health systems wear down in Huntington’s disease, analysis shows

A new computational approach for analyzing complex datasets shows that as disease progresses, neurons and astrocytes lose the ability to maintain homeostasis.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~6 min

‘Stereotype threat’ makes older adults perform worse

Stereotypes that view older adults as cognitively or physically impaired can hinder performance. But older adults' attitudes about aging matter, too.

Anna Varela - Georgia State • futurity
Feb. 19, 2021 ~5 min

How the pandemic may damage children's social intelligence

Children aren't just losing out on education as a result of the pandemic.

Jianfeng Feng, Professor of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence , Fudan University • conversation
Feb. 12, 2021 ~7 min

How the brain helps us remember what we’ve seen

Research finds that as one looks around, mental images bounce between right and left brain as they shift around in our visual system.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Feb. 8, 2021 ~8 min

Can fixing protein synthesis rescue memory from Alzheimer’s?

A new study with mice offers a promising way to potentially restore cognitive function loss due to Alzheimer's disease, researchers report.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Feb. 3, 2021 ~6 min

2 qualities predispose people to sense gods or spirits

Two attributes, porosity and absorption, make people more likely to experience gods or spirits, report researchers. Here's what those terms mean.

Sandra Feder-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 1, 2021 ~7 min

Who participates in extreme politics and why do they?

The Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol over Donald Trump’s election loss stunned the country and forced many to ask what prompts people to political violence.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
Jan. 29, 2021 ~10 min