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Our Brains are Hardwired for Language

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A groundbreaking study published in PLOS ONE by Prof. Iris Berent of Northeastern University and researchers at Harvard Medical School shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language universals.

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Can Gratitude Reduce Costly Impatience?

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In a potentially landmark study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science, a team of researchers from Northeastern University, the University of California, Riverside, and Harvard Kennedy School demonstrate that feelings of gratitude automatically reduce financial impatience.

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Bonding Together to Fight HIV

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A collaborative team led by a Northeastern University professor may have altered the way we look at drug development for HIV by uncovering some unusual properties of a human protein called APOBEC3G (A3G).

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Rare collection that may hold key to ocean’s biggest mysteries looks to expand in new waterfront home

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Ocean Genome Legacy, New England Biolabs to move rare ocean genome repository to Boston

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NASA, Researchers Use Weightlessness of Space to Design Better Materials for Earth

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Researchers from Northeastern University are among the many scientists helping NASA use the weightlessness of space to design stronger and more sustainable materials here on Earth.

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Language By Mouth And By Hand

Iris Berent

Humans favor speech as the primary means of linguistic communication. Spoken languages are so common many think language and speech are one and the same. But the prevalence of sign languages suggests otherwise. Not only can Deaf communities generate language using manual gestures, but their languages share some of their design and neural mechanisms with spoken languages. New research by Northeastern University’s Prof. Iris Berent further underscores the flexibility of human language and its robustness across both spoken and signed channels of communication.

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Can Meditation Make You a More Compassionate Person?

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Scientists have mostly focused on the benefits of meditation for the brain and the body, but a recent study by Northeastern University’s David DeSteno, published in Psychological Science, takes a look at what impacts meditation has on interpersonal harmony and compassion. Several religious traditions have suggested that mediation does just that, but there has been no scientific proof—until now.

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Invasive Species: Understanding the Threat Before It’s Too Late

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Catching rides on cargo ships and fishing boats, many invasive species are now covering our shorelines and compromising the existence of our native marine life. In a study published in Ecology Letters, Northeastern University Prof. David Kimbro and his team examine what factors allow some invasive species to survive in their new environments and others to fail.

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RELEASE: Prof. Berent’s Book Gives Phonology the Respect it Deserves

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All languages—spoken or signed—are comprised of patterns of meaningless elements.

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Release: Fluoxetine Increases Aggressive Behavior, Affects Brain Development Among Adolescent Hamsters

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Fluoxetine was the first drug approved by the FDA for major depressive disorder (MDD) in children and adolescents, and to this date, it remains one of only two selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) registered for treatment of MDD in children and adolescents, despite reports that indicate this class of drugs is associated with side effects, such as agitation, hostility and aggression.

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