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

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

Tags: mental-health research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences research-laboratory-of-electronics nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse mcgovern-institute

How to tackle depression in Japan?

CCI and Takeda collaborate on a theoretical approach leveraging networks of people and machines in support of individuals experiencing depression.

Annalyn Bachmann | Center for Collective Intelligence • mit
Feb. 4, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: mental-health depression industry health-care disease research apps technology-and-society collaboration systems-engineering center-for-collective-intelligence

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

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

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

Alzheimer’s plaque emerges early and deep in the brain

Clumps of amyloid protein emerge early in deep regions, such as the mammillary body, and march outward in the brain along specific circuits.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute • mit
Oct. 8, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience mental-health alzheimers disease research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes picower-institute-for-learning-and-memory

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

Tags: health mental-health research students school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences dmse mcgovern-institute

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

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

Speeding up drug discovery for brain diseases

Whitehead Institute team finds drugs that activate a key brain gene; initial tests in cells and mice show promise for rare, untreatable neurodevelopmental disorder.

Nicole Davis • mit
July 31, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: genetics crispr mental-health development biology pharmaceuticals disease research drug-development behavior proteins school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih whitehead-institute picower-institute

Uncovering the riches of traditional global medicine

Researchers solve how the kava plant produces its pain-relieving and anti-anxiety molecules, demonstrate an extensible method to scale and optimize production.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute • mit
July 23, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: evolution health genetics mental-health biology plants research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf whitehead-institute

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