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.

New study finds 1 in 5 US gun owners obtained firearm without background check

The national survey, which was led by North­eastern pro­fessor Matthew Miller and his col­leagues at Har­vard, also found that the share of gun owners who acquired firearms via pri­vate sale in the past two years without back­ground checks was sig­nif­i­cantly larger in states without laws reg­u­lating such purchases.

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.

Provost Emeritus Stephen Director named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Director is a pio­neer in the field of elec­tronic design automa­tion, and the National Academy of Inven­tors announced this week that he is among a dis­tin­guished group of aca­d­emic inven­tors elected as a fellow this year.

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.