A high-resolution glimpse of gene expression in cells

Expanding tissue samples before sequencing allows researchers to pinpoint locations of RNA molecules.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 28, 2021 ~7 min

To the brain, reading computer code is not the same as reading language

Neuroscientists find that interpreting code activates a general-purpose brain network, but not language-processing centers.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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

Neuroscientists find a way to make object-recognition models perform better

Adding a module that mimics part of the brain can prevent common errors made by computer vision models.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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

Imaging method reveals a “symphony of cellular activities”

Fluorescent imaging technique simultaneously captures different signal types from multiple locations in a live cell.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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

Using machine learning to track the pandemic’s impact on mental health

Textual analysis of social media posts finds users’ anxiety and suicide-risk levels are rising, among other negative trends.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 5, 2020 ~8 min

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

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