Your iPhone gets emotional

Arturo Bejar presentation

Virtual humans, relational robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-tracking technologies were among the innovative research projects highlighted at a daylong conference at Northeastern that explored the intersection of emotion science and technology.

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Bold ideas take flight at TEDxNortheasternU


Commercial space flight. Empowering foster children. Human emotion and social resilience. These were among the many topics and initiatives speakers explored Saturday at TEDxNortheasternU, attended by 100 Northeastern students and designed to share bold ideas in the community.

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Posted in Mathematics, Physics, Psychology

The stressed-​​out brain


Clin­ical studies of ado­les­cents suf­fering from depres­sion have shown an inter­esting con­nec­tion between early life stress and the immune system.

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

brain scan

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


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

Fulbright Scholars 2013

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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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