One more clue to brain changes in Huntington’s disease

Opioid receptor MOR1 changes discovered in neurodegenerative disease model.

Jill Crittenden | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Dec. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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How humans use objects in novel ways to solve problems

What's SSUP? The Sample, Simulate, Update cognitive model developed by MIT researchers learns to use tools like humans do.

Center for Brains, Minds and Machines • mit
Nov. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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A hunger for social contact

Neuroscientists find that isolation provokes brain activity similar to that seen during hunger cravings.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Study helps explain why motivation to learn declines with age

Research on mice suggests aging affects a brain circuit critical for learning to make some types of decisions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Neural pathway crucial to successful rapid object recognition in primates

Recurrent processing via prefrontal cortex, necessary for quick visual object processing in primates, provides a key insight for developing brain-like artificial intelligence.

Alli Gold | School of Science • mit
Oct. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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Scientists uncover new clues about Parkinson’s disease

Tool developed at MIT simultaneously measures chemical and electrical brain signals, revealing unexpectedly complex relationship between brain signals.

Jennifer Michalowski | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

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