Northeastern University

Can Gratitude Reduce Costly Impatience?


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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Posted in Press Releases, Psychology

3Qs: Our fascination with mystery

John Coley

Psychology professor John Coley discusses how the need for explanation can drive society – and perhaps the media – to be consumed with curiosity into the unknown, like with missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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Posted in Psychology

Why bacteria are beautiful, and why we need them


Nobel Laureate Sir Richard Roberts, recently appointed Distinguished University Professor in the College of Science, on Monday afternoon discussed his love for bacteria and their symbiosis with people, after which he engaged in a conversation with President Joseph E. Aoun.

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Posted in Marine and Environmental Sciences

Magic and symmetry in mathematics

Ivan Loseu

We live in a three-​​dimensional world. Despite the many ben­e­fits this presents, it also makes for a com­pli­cated math problem, according to North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor of math­e­matics Ivan Loseu.

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Posted in Mathematics

Your face says it all? Not so fast

Maria Gendron and Lisa Feldman Barrett

New research from University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett’s lab refutes a decades-old belief in emotion science – that emotions are universally recognized across people and cultures.

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Posted in Psychology

3Qs: Drug diagnosis

John Engen

Chemistry and chemical biology professor John R. Engen uses a novel technique to analyze large, complex biopharmaceutical drugs, which could have major implications for healthcare and its associated costs.

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Posted in Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Animals, advertising, and entrepreneurship—it’s co-​​op on camera


Alexander Rickert, a biology major, won first place in the 2014 Coolest Co-op Video contest.

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Posted in Biology

Brilliant and motivated, but a good hire?

Robert Gray Dodge Chair Installation Ceremony: Laszlo Barabasi

Albert-László Barabási, a world-​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist and Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of Physics at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, is the inau­gural Robert Gray Dodge Pro­fessor of Net­work Sci­ence.

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Posted in Physics

Want your computer to go faster? Just add light

Swastik Kar and Yung Joon Jung

Every second, your com­puter must process bil­lions of com­pu­ta­tional steps to pro­duce even the sim­plest out­puts. Imagine if every one of those steps could be made just a tiny bit more effi­cient.

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Posted in Physics

3Qs: A crazy little drug called love

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Does romantic love look the same way on our brains as alcohol, tobacco, or cocaine? Well, yes, as a matter of fact, it does.

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Posted in Psychology