How memories shape our perception of the present

New fac­ulty member J. Ben­jamin Hutchinson explores how our expe­ri­ences from the past influ­ence what we pay atten­tion to in the present. His find­ings could con­tribute to our under­standing of ADHD and other learning con­di­tions as well as lead to strate­gies to help people stay focused when attending to a task.

Professor’s seminar on scientific literature paves the road to creative thinking

In Rebecca Shansky’s course on bio­log­ical psy­chology, stu­dents learn how to crit­i­cally ana­lyze aca­d­emic papers while simul­ta­ne­ously gaining a solid footing in the lit­er­a­ture exploring the ways animal research con­tributes to our under­standing of psy­chi­atric disorders.

Psychology expert offers advice for less stress, more joy during the holidays

The hol­i­days are billed as a time of joy, but they can also be a time of increased stress for many people. We asked psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett about that stress and what we can do to min­i­mize the feel­ings that result.

CCIS dean named fellow of leading international computing society

Carla Brodley, dean of the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, was hon­ored by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Com­puting Machinery for her research in applied machine learning and her lead­er­ship in pro­moting par­tic­i­pa­tion of women and under­rep­re­sented minori­ties in com­puter science.

3Qs: What sparked the Tennessee wildfires?

Wild­fires raged recently through the foothills of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Moun­tains, dam­aging more than 1,400 struc­tures and killing 14 people. Last week, two juve­niles were charged with aggra­vated arson in con­nec­tion with them. Northeastern’s Auroop Gan­guly, an expert on cli­mate extremes, notes that the “chain of causality” in such events is com­plex, with human activity sig­nif­i­cant but other fac­tors, including cli­mate change, also playing a role.

Researchers find racial, gender bias in online freelance marketplaces

In the “gig economy,” where algo­rithms drive matches between workers and cus­tomers, hiring someone should be bias free, right? Not so, according to new research led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson. The find­ings sug­gest racial and gender biases exhib­ited by two promi­nent online free­lance mar­ket­places, TaskRabbit and Fiverr.

Squid-​​inspired electronic screens: How one professor builds tech solutions that replicate nature

Assis­tant pro­fessor Leila Deravi takes an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to inves­ti­gating the pro­teins that drive com­plex bio­log­ical sys­tems and building mate­rials in the lab that repli­cate those sys­tems. Among her research projects are optical dis­plays inspired by squids and a face cream that strengthens skin pro­teins to reduce wrinkles.

Losing by winning: Researchers use stories, video games to combat obesity

We’ve heard about the power of sto­ries to engage, delight, teach, chal­lenge, and help us under­stand our­selves. Now new research co-​​led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Amy Lu shows the power of sto­ries to help chil­dren fight obesity.

Rare book from Northeastern archives selected for ‘illuminated manuscripts’ display

A Dominican Prayer Book, cre­ated in the 15th cen­tury, from the North­eastern archives joins man­u­scripts span­ning the 9th to the 17th cen­turies in “the largest exhibit of pre-​​1600 man­u­scripts ever mounted in North America.” Stu­dents in a “His­tory of Books” class helped deter­mine the date of the book’s cre­ation, notes Gior­dana Mecagni, above, head of spe­cial col­lec­tions at Northeastern.

3Qs: Advice for handling strong emotions post-​​election

Psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett pro­vides per­spec­tive on the inten­sity of our emo­tions this elec­tion season, how the cam­paign might affect us psy­cho­log­i­cally over the long term, and how we can regain our equi­lib­rium as indi­vid­uals and as a nation.

New student: ‘Discipline of dance formed my character’

Nicole Szom­stein, SSH’21, never stops moving, whether she’s lending her exper­tise to Bal­letRox, a dance school ded­i­cated to bringing the art­form to Boston youth or double majoring in polit­ical sci­ence and jour­nalism at Northeastern.