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 | Jan. 21, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

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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 | Dec. 17, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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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 | Dec. 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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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 | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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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 | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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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 | Oct. 16, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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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   

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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 | Oct. 8, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Technique can image individual proteins within synapses

Rapid imaging method could help reveal how conditions such as autism affect brain cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Sept. 26, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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Study finds hub linking movement and motivation in the brain

Detailed observations in the lateral septum indicate region processes movement and reward information to help direct behavior.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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