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

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Mapping the brain’s sensory gatekeeper

New analysis could help uncover potential drug targets for attention deficits and sensory hypersensitivity.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~7 min

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A mechanical way to stimulate neurons

Magnetic nanodiscs can be activated by an external magnetic field, providing a research tool for studying neural responses.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 19, 2020 ~7 min

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COMMANDing drug delivery

A new computational method fine-tunes delivery of therapeutics to specific brain regions.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
July 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: medicine neuroscience research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences materials-science-and-engineering dmse koch-institute mcgovern-institute drug-delivery

Universal musical harmony

Acoustic and biological constraints shape how we hear harmony across cultures.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
July 1, 2020 ~7 min

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

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