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

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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

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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

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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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Controlling our internal world

Design principles from robotics help researchers decipher elements controlling mental processes in the brain.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Oct. 16, 2019 ~6 min

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Study: Better sleep habits lead to better college grades

Data on MIT students underscore the importance of getting enough sleep; bedtime also matters.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 1, 2019 ~8 min

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Perception of musical pitch varies across cultures

How people interpret musical notes depends on the types of music they have listened to, researchers find.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 19, 2019 ~9 min

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Hearing through the clatter

Study reveals brain regions that respond differently to the presence of background noise, suggesting the brain progressively hones in on and isolates sounds.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Sept. 9, 2019 ~6 min

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Two studies reveal benefits of mindfulness for middle school students

Focusing awareness on the present moment can enhance academic performance and lower stress levels.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 26, 2019 ~7 min

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