3Qs: Gender balance in biomedical research

A new policy from the National Insti­tutes of Health will require all bio­med­ical research funded by the NIH to be gender bal­anced. Here, Rebecca Shanksy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of psy­chology whose research is focused in this space, dis­cusses the impli­ca­tions of the decision.

Your iPhone gets emotional

Vir­tual humans, rela­tional robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-​​tracking tech­nolo­gies were among the inno­v­a­tive research projects high­lighted at a day­long con­fer­ence at North­eastern that explored the inter­sec­tion of emo­tion sci­ence and technology.

Dead or alive? Researchers use uncertainty to scare

Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Psy­chology, and her team at the Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Affec­tive Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­tory use the sci­ence of emo­tion to scare people at a haunted house — and raise money for charity.

Get the picture? New high-​​res images show brain activity like never before

Researchers in Northeastern’s Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Affec­tive Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­tory have cre­ated the highest-​​resolution image of the human brain stem in action. It could ulti­mately help sci­en­tists explore the grounds of human emo­tion like never before.

In a bad mood? Change the channel

Research sug­gests that older adults main­tain their hap­pier out­look through dif­ferent emo­tion reg­u­la­tion strate­gies. With a new grant from the National Insti­tute on Aging, asso­ciate pro­fessor Derek Isaa­cowitz will examine how our mul­ti­media choices play into that.

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Resilient cities need resilient citizens

In the days after the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, dec­la­ra­tions of sup­port from across the country flooded my Face­book feed in the form of graphic memes, pho­tographs, and simple status updates […]

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Emotion science for homeland security?

Ear­lier this month the Affec­tive Sci­ence Insti­tute hosted another great event called Reading the Face: Trans­lating Sci­ence to Secu­rity. Three emo­tion sci­en­tists, including Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, dis­cussed their unique […]

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From belly to brain: The science of Thanksgiving

There are cer­tain things most Amer­i­cans expect to encounter on Thursday: Turkey. Mashed pota­toes. A lazy after­noon. Too many lagers. A belly ache. A nod toward the things we’re thankful […]

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Guest Post: Compassion — it does a society good

I’m excited to intro­duce today’s guest blogger: Lori Lennon, sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tions diva. That’s not her offi­cial title, just what I like to call her. Really, she’s the com­mu­ni­ca­tions coor­di­nator for […]

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What’s the difference between sad and angry?

How are you feeling right now? Can you pin­point the spe­cific emo­tions? Maybe a little excited that it’s almost the weekend, but also sad because it’s raining out­side and you […]

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Will apps save the healthcare system?

I love starting the week off with a bang. The topic of this morning’s sym­po­sium, hosted by the Insti­tute on Urban Health Research, just totally gets my engines going. Four […]