Stress and fear have far-reaching effects that start in the brain and permeate an individual’s life in lasting ways. Together with the Dalai Lama and other experts, Northeastern neuroscientist Rebecca Shansky is confronting trauma head-on in an effort to help communities in Africa heal from conflict.
Northeastern Psychology Professor Rebecca Shansky will head to Gaborone, Botswana this August to partake in the Dialogue with the Dalai Lama, hosted by the Mind and Life Institute. She will share her research on the brain’s response to stress and trauma on stage with other neuroscientists, activists, and scholars.
In Rebecca Shansky’s course on biological psychology, students learn how to critically analyze academic papers while they simultaneously gain a solid footing in the literature, exploring the ways animal research contributes to our understanding of psychiatric disorders.
For more than a century scientists have recognized “freezing” as the natural fear response. But in a new study, Northeastern assistant professor of psychology Rebecca Shansky found that female rats often respond to fear by “darting.” The findings not only raise questions about the veracity of previous studies that rely on freezing to indicate fear, but could also lead to better treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.
The journal cover features a stunning visual of a pyramidal neuron, captured in Rebecca Shansky’s lab by unique neural imaging technologies.
Four professors in the College of Science explain what drives their passion for science and discovery.
A new policy from the National Institutes of Health will require all biomedical research funded by the NIH to be gender balanced. Rebecca Shanksy, an assistant professor of psychology whose research is focused in this space, discusses the implications of the decision.
Assistant Professor Rebecca Shansky talks about her work in the Behavioral Neuroscience division of the Psychology Department at Northeastern University.