With these neurons, extinguishing fear is its own reward

The same neurons responsible for encoding reward also form new memories to suppress fearful ones.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute | Jan. 21, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: picower-institute biology brain-and-cognitive-sciences memory anxiety neuroscience research school-of-science mental-health learning

“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

Study may explain how infections reduce autism symptoms

An immune molecule sometimes produced during infection can influence the social behavior of mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute school-of-science autism national-science-foundation-nsf

Study probing visual memory and amblyopia unveils many-layered mystery

Scientists pinpoint the role of a receptor in vision degradation in amblyopia.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute | Dec. 17, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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

Supporting students in Puerto Rico after a hurricane’s devastation

Postdoc Héctor De Jesús-Cortés works to build up the STEM pipeline from his homeland to MIT and beyond.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Dec. 13, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: picower-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science diversity-and-inclusion research profile graduate graduate postdoctoral natural-disasters latin-america education teaching academics

Differences between deep neural networks and human perception

Stimuli that sound or look like gibberish to humans are indistinguishable from naturalistic stimuli to deep networks.

Kenneth I. Blum | Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences | Dec. 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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

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

MIT announces framework to guide negotiations with publishers

Principle-based framework aims to support the needs of scholars, reflect MIT principles, and advance science.

Brigham Fay | MIT Libraries | Oct. 23, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: libraries open-access research brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science

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