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September 25, 2014

MIT senior Sofia Essayan-Perez, majoring in brain and cognitive sciences with a minor in applied international studies, has founded an educational nonprofit, conducted neuroscience research, and tutored MIT students. The... more

September 19, 2014

With deep sympathy for his family, friends and colleagues, the MIT community and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory were greatly saddened by the recent passing of Stephen F. Heinemann, Professor... more

September 04, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Patients with a rare neuromuscular disorder and those with nerve damage tied to autoimmune disorders may share the same faulty synapses, neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report in the... more

September 04, 2014

Patients with a rare neuromuscular disorder and those with nerve damage tied to autoimmune disorders may share the same faulty synapses, neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report in the ... more

August 27, 2014

Most memories have some kind of emotion associated with them: Recalling the week you just spent at the beach probably makes you feel happy, while reflecting on being bullied provokes more negative feelings.... more

August 27, 2014

By artificially activating circuits in the brain, scientists have turned negative memories into positive ones. They gave mice bad memories of a place, then made them good - or vice versa - without ever returning to that... more

August 27, 2014

What if wiping out a traumatic memory were as simple as taking a few breaths? What if, with the flip of a switch, a frightening recollection could lose its nightmarish feeling or a pleasurable memory could begin to feel ... more

August 27, 2014

Someone who has been mugged in a dark alley will likely never want to return there, having associated that location with a fear of being attacked. ... more

August 27, 2014

Memory is a fickle beast. A bad experience can turn a once-loved coffee shop or holiday destination into a place to be avoided. Now experiments in mice have shown how such associations can be reversed.... more

August 27, 2014

Memories and the feelings associated with them are not set in stone. You may have happy memories about your family’s annual ski vacation, but if you see a tragic accident on the slopes, those feelings may change. You m... more