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.