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February 23, 2015

Our brains generate a constant hum of activity: As neurons fire, they produce brain waves that oscillate at different frequencies. Long thought to be merely a byproduct of neuron activity, recent studies suggest that the... more

Xu Liu
February 19, 2015

Extending our condolences to family, friends, and colleagues, the MIT community and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory are deeply saddened by this week’s sudden passing of Xu Liu. Xu was... more

February 18, 2015

Our susceptibility to disease depends both on the genes that we inherit from our parents and on our lifetime experiences. These two components — nature and nurture — seem to affect very different processes in the con... more

January 29, 2015

Together, obesity and Type 2 diabetes rank among our nation’s greatest health problem, and they largely result from what many call an “addiction” to sugar. But solving this problem is more complicated than solving ... more

January 29, 2015

You know the feeling: you’re tired, cranky, low or just have a serious, relentless desire for something sweet. Part of your brain cries out, “No, don’t do it, this will end badly.” But another (louder) part wants... more

January 20, 2015

In findings that may lead to new treatments for cognitive disorders, researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory zero in on how the brain forms memories of what has been seen. In a paper appearing t... more

January 12, 2015

Several genetic disorders cause intellectual disability and autism. Historically, these genetic brain diseases were viewed as untreatable. However, in recent years neuroscientists have shown in animal models that it is p... more

December 11, 2014

The two major types of neuron in the brain’s cerebral cortex are connected by intricate cortical circuits that process information. Excitatory neurons, which comprise 80 percent of all neurons in this region, increase ... more

November 19, 2014

The Picower Institute congratulates Mark Bear, the Picower Professor of Neuroscience in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and other awardees selected to receive one of 10 Deciphering Circuit Basis of Di... more

November 17, 2014

“The brain seems to hum to itself, using rhythms and harmony for communication. This humming helps different brain networks talk to one another,” Miller says. “We hope to use TES to boost the humming in a way that ... more