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

Optogenetics with SOUL

The Feng lab has developed a next-generation optogenetic system for non-invasive stimulation of neurons.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Leg nerves activated by light offer new path to restoring mobility

New optogenetic technique could help restore limb movement, treat muscle tremor.

Becky Ham | MIT Media Lab • mit
Dec. 26, 2018 ~7 min

Stress can lead to risky decisions | MIT News

Neuroscientists find chronic stress skews decisions toward higher-risk options.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 16, 2017 ~7 min

Next-generation optogenetic molecules control single neurons | MIT News

Focused laser beam could help scientists map connections among neurons that underlie behavior.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 13, 2017 ~8 min

MIT neuroscientists build case for new theory of memory formation | MIT News

Existence of “silent engrams” suggests that existing models of memory formation should be revised.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 23, 2017 ~8 min

New tool offers snapshots of neuron activity | MIT News

FLARE technique can reveal which cells respond during different tasks.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 26, 2017 ~6 min

Feng Zhang named James and Patricia Poitras Professor in Neuroscience | MIT News

CRISPR pioneer named to inaugural chair created by Patricia and James Poitras '63, founders of MIT’s Poitras Center for Affective Disorders Research.

Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Jan. 13, 2017 ~4 min

Li-Huei Tsai receives Society for Neuroscience Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award | MIT News

Picower Institute director awarded for her research on brain development, neurological disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Joshua Sariñana | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Dec. 2, 2016 ~2 min

Kay Tye Receives the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award | MIT News

Picower Neuroscientist recognized for her work on emotional circuitry of the brain.

Joshua Sariñana | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Nov. 15, 2016 ~3 min

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