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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.

Alumni behind former IDEA venture receive $19M to take business to next level

Ben Anderson and Yin Wang, the co-​​founders of Amino, a mobile-​​based social ser­vice aimed at con­necting users with niche inter­ests, won’t rest until their product is in the hands of every single smartphone-​​wielding cus­tomer in the world. With the help of $19 mil­lion in recent funding, the startup just might achieve that goal.

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.

The stories that are likely to make headlines in 2017

In the first install­ment of our two-​​part series looking at some of the big sto­ries and bright ideas primed to make head­lines in the new year, fac­ulty experts explain that polit­i­cally moti­vated cyber­at­tacks will con­tinue, inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to cli­mate change are on the horizon, and bipar­tisan sup­port for health­care leg­is­la­tion is possible.

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.

To architecture students, President Aoun underscores shifts in education toward being personalized, robot-​​proof

During a pre­sen­ta­tion to an archi­tec­ture class on Monday, Pres­i­dent Aoun dis­cussed every­thing from how higher edu­ca­tion has changed in the past decade to the vision that brought the soon-​​to-​​be-​​completed Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Com­plex to life. Here are some high­lights from the conversation.

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.