Investigating the power of group think

Political science doctoral student Clara Vandeweerdt studies how identity shapes beliefs on complex political topics such as climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science | Nov. 7, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: political-science media-lab research behavior media students graduate postdoctoral social-sciences school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences school-of-architecture-and-planning politics science-communications

Machine learning shows no difference in angina symptoms between men and women

Finding could help overturn the prevailing notion that men and women experience angina differently.

Becky Ham | MIT Media Lab | Nov. 6, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: media-lab machine-learning research health health-care medicine women algorithms school-of-architecture-and-planning

New method visualizes groups of neurons as they compute

Fluorescent probe could allow scientists to watch circuits within the brain and link their activity to specific behaviors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 9, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences media-lab biological-engineering mcgovern-institute koch-institute school-of-engineering school-of-science school-of-architecture-and-planning national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf neuroscience


How “information gerrymandering” influences voters

Study analyzes how networks can distort voters’ perceptions and change election results.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Sept. 4, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: politics voting-and-elections behavioral-economics game-theory networks research social-media technology-and-society film-and-television government political-science sloan-school-of-management


The MIT Press releases a comprehensive report on open-source publishing software

Report catalogs, analyzes available open-source publishing software; warns open publishing must grapple with siloed development and community-owned ecosystems.

Jessica Pellien | MIT Press | Aug. 8, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: open-source mit-press media-lab research school-of-architecture-and-planning digital-humanities grants data analytics statistics open-access libraries

Air travel in academia

Media Lab designs a pilot carbon-offsets program.

MIT Media Lab | Aug. 7, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning environment emissions carbon greenhouse-gases transportation community pollution research


Study: Social robots can benefit hospitalized children

Interacting with a robotic teddy bear invented at MIT boosted young patients’ positive emotions, engagement, and activity level.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | June 26, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology robots robotics health-care medicine heath-sciences-and-technology media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning technology-and-society

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