“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 • mit
Jan. 8, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: linguistics politics language women research behavior school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences 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 • mit
Dec. 4, 2019 ~7 min

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

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 • mit
Nov. 18, 2019 ~7 min

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

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 • mit
Nov. 7, 2019 ~7 min

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

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 • mit
Sept. 19, 2019 ~6 min

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

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 • mit
Sept. 19, 2019 ~9 min

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


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 • mit
Aug. 26, 2019 ~7 min

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

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 • mit
Aug. 22, 2019 ~6 min

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

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