“She” goes missing from presidential language

Even when people believed Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election, they did not use “she” to refer to the next president.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Jan. 8, 2020 | mit
~10 mins   

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences linguistics school-of-science women behavior language politics national-institutes-of-health-nih

Controlling attention with brain waves

Study shows that people can boost attention by manipulating their own alpha brain waves.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research behavior brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute school-of-science neuroscience

Predicting people's driving personalities

System from MIT CSAIL sizes up drivers as selfish or selfless. Could this help self-driving cars navigate in traffic?

Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL | Nov. 18, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: electrical-engineering-and-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering robotics robots artificial-intelligence automobiles autonomous-vehicles research computer-vision transportation machine-learning behavior computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail

Investigating the power of group think

Political science doctoral student Clara Vandeweerdt studies how identity shapes beliefs on complex political topics such as climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science | Nov. 7, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: political-science media-lab research behavior media students graduate postdoctoral social-sciences school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences school-of-architecture-and-planning politics science-communications

Study finds hub linking movement and motivation in the brain

Detailed observations in the lateral septum indicate region processes movement and reward information to help direct behavior.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: picower-institute school-of-science biology neuroscience behavior alumniae brain-and-cognitive-sciences research

Perception of musical pitch varies across cultures

How people interpret musical notes depends on the types of music they have listened to, researchers find.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences music behavior mcgovern-institute school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih neuroscience center-for-brains-minds-and-machines


How “information gerrymandering” influences voters

Study analyzes how networks can distort voters’ perceptions and change election results.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Sept. 4, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: politics voting-and-elections behavioral-economics game-theory networks research social-media technology-and-society film-and-television government political-science sloan-school-of-management

Two studies reveal benefits of mindfulness for middle school students

Focusing awareness on the present moment can enhance academic performance and lower stress levels.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 26, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research learning behavior brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute school-of-science neuroscience mental-health

New method classifies brain cells based on electrical signals

Making electrophysiology more informative, team shows how to distinguish four classes of cells by spike waveform.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: picower-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science neuroscience research behavior

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