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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Vinod Sahney brings a systems perspective to analyzing drug pricing and access, aiming to protect consumers from outsize cost increases like those putting the EpiPen out of reach for many.
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.