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

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

Neuroscientists discover a molecular mechanism that allows memories to form

Modifications to chromosomes in “engram” neurons control the encoding and retrieval of memories.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna genetics neuroscience memory research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

How we make moral decisions

In some situations, asking “what if everyone did that?” is a common strategy for judging whether an action is right or wrong.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail center-for-brains-minds-and-machines

Live imaging method brings structure to mapping brain function

Scientists distinguish brain regions based on what they do, but now have a new way to overlay information about how they are built.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience imaging microscopy vision research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute 3-d-imaging

Rapid test for Covid-19 shows improved sensitivity

A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: medicine crispr public-health covid-19 pandemic broad-institute viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences biological-engineering mcgovern-institute

As information flows through brain’s heirarchy, higher regions use higher-frequency waves

Study also finds specific frequency bands of brain waves associated with encoding, or inhibiting encoding, of sensory information across the cortex.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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


Study suggests animals think probabilistically to distinguish contexts

New statistical model may help scientists understand how animals infer whether surroundings are novel or haven’t changed enough to be a new context.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Aug. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biology memory research behavior school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences center-for-brains-minds-and-machines picower-institute

Key brain region was “recycled” as humans developed the ability to read

Part of the visual cortex dedicated to recognizing objects appears predisposed to identifying words and letters, a study finds.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience learning research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences center-for-brains-minds-and-machines mcgovern-institute


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