Optogenetics with SOUL

The Feng lab has developed a next-generation optogenetic system for non-invasive stimulation of neurons.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

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Examining the social impact of Covid-19

Survey from the Saxe Lab aims to measure the toll of social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
April 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: mcgovern-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science research covid-19 pandemic community psychology social-networks technology-and-society mental-health wellbeing

Researchers achieve remote control of hormone release

Using magnetic nanoparticles, scientists stimulate the adrenal gland in rodents to control release of hormones linked to stress.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2020 ~6 min

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How dopamine drives brain activity

A specialized MRI sensor reveals the neurotransmitter’s influence on neural activity throughout the brain.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

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How the brain encodes landmarks that help us navigate

Neuroscientists discover how a key brain region combines visual and spatial information to help us find our way.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

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The neural basis of sensory hypersensitivity

A new study may explain why people with autism are often highly sensitive to light and noise.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: research autism brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute neuroscience school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

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 • mit
Dec. 12, 2019 ~7 min

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 • mit
Dec. 4, 2019 ~7 min

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

Drug combination reverses hypersensitivity to noise

Findings in mice suggest targeting certain brain circuits could offer new ways to treat some neurological disorders.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 21, 2019 ~7 min

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