Like a treasure map, brain region emphasizes reward location

The lateral septum encodes spatial information with a special emphasis on where the reward lies.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
June 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: neuroscience biology memory learning research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

Neuroscientists find memory cells that help us interpret new situations

Neurons that store abstract representations of past experiences are activated when a new, similar event takes place.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 6, 2020 ~7 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

Tags: neuroscience memory magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri learning research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih mcgovern-institute

With these neurons, extinguishing fear is its own reward

The same neurons responsible for encoding reward also form new memories to suppress fearful ones.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute • mit
Jan. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience mental-health anxiety biology memory learning research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

Study probing visual memory and amblyopia unveils many-layered mystery

Scientists pinpoint the role of a receptor in vision degradation in amblyopia.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute • mit
Dec. 17, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: genetics neuroscience memory vision research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute


How brain cells pick which connections to keep

Novel study shows protein CPG15 acts as a molecular proxy of experience to mark synapses for stabilization.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Aug. 6, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience biology memory research proteins school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

How expectation influences perception

Neuroscientists find brain activity patterns that encode our beliefs and affect how we interpret the world around us.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 15, 2019 ~8 min

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Brain wave stimulation may improve Alzheimer’s symptoms

Noninvasive treatment improves memory and reduces amyloid plaques in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 14, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience memory alzheimers learning research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih picower-institute

Real-time readouts of thinking in rats

New open-source system provides fast, accurate neural decoding and real-time readouts of where rats think they are.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Dec. 19, 2018 ~8 min

Tags: neuroscience biology memory sleep research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute-for-learning-and-memory neurotechnology

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