Neuroscientists identify brain circuit that encodes timing of events

Findings suggest this hippocampal circuit helps us to maintain our timeline of memories.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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“SCOUT” helps researchers find, quantify significant differences among organoids

Unbiased, high-throughput analysis pipeline improves utility of “minibrains” for understanding development and diseases such as Zika infection.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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A hunger for social contact

Neuroscientists find that isolation provokes brain activity similar to that seen during hunger cravings.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Scientists identify specific brain region and circuits controlling attention

Norepinephrine-producing neurons in the locus coeruleus produce attention focus, impulse control via two distinct connections to prefrontal cortex.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Nov. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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How a worm may yield insights into the gut-brain relationship

Gurrein Madan, brain and cognitive sciences graduate student and MathWorks Fellow, studies gut–brain signaling with implications for human health.

Alison Gold | School of Science • mit
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Elegance in C. elegans

Gurrein Madan, brain and cognitive sciences graduate student and MathWorks Fellow, studies gut–brain signaling with implications for human health.

Alison Gold | School of Science • mit
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Study helps explain why motivation to learn declines with age

Research on mice suggests aging affects a brain circuit critical for learning to make some types of decisions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Neural pathway crucial to successful rapid object recognition in primates

Recurrent processing via prefrontal cortex, necessary for quick visual object processing in primates, provides a key insight for developing brain-like artificial intelligence.

Alli Gold | School of Science • mit
Oct. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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