Psychology

Get the picture? New high-​​res images show brain activity like never before

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In the middle of the human brain there is a tiny struc­ture shaped like an elon­gated donut that plays a cru­cial role in man­aging how the body func­tions.

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Say it quickly – Nu Rho Psi

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This fall, Northeastern University welcomes a new student organization – a chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience.

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Posted in Behavioral Neuroscience

In a bad mood? Change the channel

Derek Isaacowitz

If a war scene, horror flick, or some other neg­a­tive image appears on the tele­vi­sion, older adults will tend to avert their eyes.

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Two College of Science Students Named Fulbright Scholars

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Lauren Byrnes and Hollis Thomann have received Ful­bright Schol­ar­ships for 2013–2014.

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Posted in Biology, Linguistics, Psychology

Co-​​op in African classroom transforms student’s career outlook

Ever since a high school trip to Zambia to repair dor­mi­to­ries, Danielle Fontaine has been searching for a chance to return to Africa.

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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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Posted in Press Releases

What makes human language special?

Iris Berent

Many species on the planet employ a unique form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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Posted in Linguistics, Psychology

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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Prioritizing and Discarding Information

John Coley

Do you think like a chemist? Do you sometimes discard information without even knowing it?

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Posted in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Psychology

Bringing Northeastern & MGH To Kuwait

Kuwait Twins SPEAK

While on co-op with the Department of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, psychology majors and identical twin sisters Dalal and Alaa Alhomaizi approached the director and asked if they could coordinate a program in Kuwait for World Mental Health Day in October.

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