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.

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.

Northeastern senior named Schwarzman Scholar

In her senior year at North­eastern Made­line Seibert did a co-​​op in China, where she led an inde­pen­dent study doc­u­menting food losses and waste through Chi­nese supply chains. Now, with the sup­port of her Schwarzman Schol­ar­ship, Seibert will con­tinue this work through a year­long master’s pro­gram at the Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity in Beijing.

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.

New student finds possibilities abound at Northeastern

As a top per­former on her high school speech team, Mary Abra­hamyan had the chance to explore diverse prose and create read­ings and per­for­mances that she believed exem­pli­fied the sub­stance of the text. She plans to bring that thirst for explo­ration to Northeastern.