AI Helps Scientists Understand Brain Activity Behind Thoughts

November 24, 2020
Summary: A new AI system helps researchers better understand the brain computations that underlie thought. Source: Baylor University AI Helps Scientists Understand Brain Activity Behind Thoughts – Neuroscience News

Memories Create ‘Fingerprints’ That Reveal How the Brain Is Organized

November 20, 2020
Summary: Researchers identified several brain areas that acted as hubs for information processing across brain networks that contribute to memory recall. They observed how activation patterns within these networks differed on an individual level, based on personal levels of recall detail and imagination. Source: University of Rochester Memories Create ‘Fingerprints’ That Reveal How the Brain […]

Wearable Imaging Cap Provides a Window Into Babies’ Brains

November 19, 2020
Summary: A newly developed headset capable of brain mapping may help provide new insight into developmental disorders, including autism and cerebral palsy. Source: UCL Wearable Imaging Cap Provides a Window Into Babies’ Brains – Neuroscience News

Identifying the structure and function of a brain hub

November 18, 2020
Summary: A direct comparison of sensory and higher-order thalamic circuits reveals fundamental differences in how they control the cerebral cortex. Source: Jill Crittenden | McGovern Institute for Brain Research https://news.mit.edu/2020/identifying-structure-and-function-brain-hub-1118

Aspiring physician explores the many levels of human health

November 9, 2020
Summary: During her time at MIT, senior Ayesha Ng’s interests have expanded from cellular biology to the social systems that shape public health. November 9, 2020 Source: Alison Gold | School of Science https://news.mit.edu/2020/ayesha-ng-many-levels-human-health-1109

Scientists identify specific brain region and circuits controlling attention

November 3, 2020
Summary: Norepinephrine-producing neurons in the locus coeruleus produce attention focus, impulse control via two distinct connections to prefrontal cortex. November 3, 2020 Source: David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory https://news.mit.edu/2020/scientists-identify-brain-region-circuits-controlling-attention-1103

Study helps explain why motivation to learn declines with age

October 27, 2020
Summary: Research on mice suggests aging affects a brain circuit critical for learning to make some types of decisions. October 27, 2020 Source: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office https://news.mit.edu/2020/why-learn-motivate-age-decline-1027

Stressed on the job? An AI teammate may know how to help

October 26, 2020
Summary: Researchers are working toward intelligent machines that can sense cognitive fatigue and suggest interventions to help a human improve performance. October 26, 2020 Source: Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory https://news.mit.edu/2020/stressed-job-ai-teammate-may-know-how-help-1026

Neural pathway crucial to successful rapid object recognition in primates

October 20, 2020
Summary: Recurrent processing via prefrontal cortex, necessary for quick visual object processing in primates, provides a key insight for developing brain-like artificial intelligence. October 20, 2020 Source: Alison Gold | School of Science https://news.mit.edu/2020/neural-pathway-crucial-successful-rapid-object-recognition-primates-1020

Scientists uncover new clues about Parkinson’s disease

October 13, 2020
Summary: Tool developed at MIT simultaneously measures chemical and electrical brain signals, revealing unexpectedly complex relationship between brain signals. October 13, 2020 Source: Jennifer Michalowski | McGovern Institute for Brain Research https://news.mit.edu/2020/scientists-uncover-new-clues-about-parkinsons-disease-1013