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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

November 07, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will award the Donald B. Lindsley Prize to Sung-Yon Kim, PhD, of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT. Supported by The Grass Foundation, the prize re... more

October 30, 2014

The mind-body problem was first raised, rather circuitously, as a non-problem by Aristotle more than 2,000 years ago. He postulated that, "It is not necessary to ask whether soul and body are one, just as it is not neces... more

2014 Ingenuity Award
October 27, 2014

The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory congratulates postdoctoral associate Xu Liu and graduate student Steve Ramirez, both members of Susumu Tonegawa’s Picower lab, who recently received the 2014 Smithsonian Am... more

Kay Tye (3rd from right) awarded a 2014 New York Stem Cell Foundation grant
October 20, 2014

The Picower Institute congratulates Kay Tye, a Picower principal investigator and the Whitehead Career Development Assistant Professor in the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences who is one of six promising sci... more

October 06, 2014

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 was divided, one half awarded to John O'Keefe, the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser "for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning sy... more