Northeastern University

Our brains are hardwired for language

A groundbreaking study published in PLOS ONE by Prof. Iris Berent of Northeastern University and researchers at Harvard Medical School shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language univer ...

Apr 17, 2014
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Give thanks, and prosper

It's a classic experiment: Sit a kid in front of a single marshmallow and tell him that if he waits a few minutes to eat it, he can have two. The videos of these experiments are overwhelmingly entertaining: ...

Apr 01, 2014
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Can gratitude reduce costly impatience?

The human mind tends to devalue future rewards compared to immediate ones – a phenomenon that often leads to favoring immediate gratification over long-term wellbeing. As a consequence, patience has long been recognized ...

Mar 31, 2014
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Researcher studies protein's role in aging

With time, the amino acid known as asparagine will eventually degrade. Long considered a type of protein "damage," the phenomenon has come to be accepted as yet another part of aging: our hair turns gray, our joints begin ...

Jul 24, 2013
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Your face says it all? Not so fast

It's a concept that had become universally understood: humans experience six basic emotions—happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, and surprise—and use the same set of facial movements to express them. ...

Mar 05, 2014
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The stressed out brain

Clinical studies of adolescents suffering from depression have shown an interesting connection between early life stress and the immune system. "Those who have experienced childhood trauma and adversity tend to have higher ...

Nov 08, 2013
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3Qs: A crazy little drug called love

Singers and filmmakers know it: Love is a drug. Popular lines such as, "Love is the drug, got a hook on me," or "I wish I knew how to quit you," solidify this pop culture notion. But is it really true, scientifically ...

Feb 17, 2014
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3Qs: What to know about this year's flu season

Health offi­cials say this year's flu out­break is the worst in a decade, and Boston on Wednesday declared a public health emer­gency as the flu epi­demic wors­ened. Forty-​​one states are cur­rently ...

Jan 14, 2013
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The brakes of inflammation

In the last few decades, sci­en­tists have come to attribute an immuno­log­ical expla­na­tion to many can­cers. It is now thought that tumors rise up rou­tinely in the body but that a healthy immune ...

Feb 27, 2013
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