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  • 12/02/15--21:00: “It’s Not Fair!”
  • Americans cherish their ideals of fairness. And American children can be especially strident advocates for equality. Anyone who has ever painstakingly cut and distributed a child’s birthday cake knows how closely those little eyes watch for injustice. And when they see it, especially in their ever-so-slightly-smaller slice, they protest with the anguished cry: “No fair!” […]

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  • 12/06/15--21:00: The Cocktail Party Problem
  • Alan Wong first noticed the problem a few years ago. In a crowded bar or restaurant, he could barely understand his companion’s conversation. The 35-year-old Wong blames the problem on a well-spent youth: “I went to a lot of loud concerts in my 20s, and now my hearing sucks,” says Wong (COM’02), executive producer at […]

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    Michele Rucci wants to look deep into your eyes. And when he does, he sees something amazing in those windows to your soul: they’re jittering around like popcorn kernels in a hot air popper. A disconcerting image? Perhaps. But Rucci, a College of Arts & Science professor of psychology and director of BU’s Active Perception […]

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    Tim Fox, the 62-year-old former New England Patriots safety, was describing to a room full of brain scientists at the Boston University School of Medicine (MED) the ferocious style of play that he’d been trained in from an early age, one that had led to countless head injuries during his 20-year college and pro career. […]

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  • 06/29/16--21:00: Genetic Risk for Stroke
  • Each year, stroke kills nearly 129,000 Americans, according to the American Stroke Association. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the top neurological cause of death and disability. Scientists have associated a number of genes with a higher risk of stroke, especially—and predictably—genes involved with atherosclerosis and blood clotting. […]

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    You’ve got a plan to pick up groceries for dinner on the way home. Right now, though, you’re in your office, coffee in hand. A co-worker drops by asking what materials are needed for an upcoming meeting. Your answer, most likely, isn’t “carrots.” That’s because the human brain contains circuitry that retrieves memories appropriate for […]

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    Carmela Abraham came home one day three years ago from her BU lab, where she has been researching Alzheimer’s disease for nearly three decades, and told her husband, a retired entrepreneur, that she wanted to start a company. “I said to Menachem, ‘I believe we have the scientific seed for something that can be developed […]

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    Boston University researchers are getting a fundamental tool for studying the brain. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded BU $1.6 million for a state-of-the-art Siemens 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, which will be the centerpiece of the new Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging at BU. Chantal Stern, a College of Arts & Sciences […]

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    Learning new rules is a part of life. The rules may be simple, like stopping at a red light. Or they might be a bit more complex. Sometimes, for instance, you can turn right at a red light, unless there’s a sign saying you can’t, but only in certain states, and not when a pedestrian […]

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  • 01/23/17--21:00: The Dyslexia Paradox
  • It’s there, at the start of every conversation: the moment it takes your brain to adjust to an unfamiliar voice. It lasts for only a second or two, but in that brief time, your brain is thumbing its radio dial, tuning in to the unique pitch, rhythm, accent, and vowel sounds of a new voice. […]

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    A concussion today could increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, but only if your genes already tip the odds toward dementia, according to a study published in the journal Brain on January 11, 2017. Researchers have known for more than a decade that people who experience a severe or moderate traumatic […]

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    BU has named two associate directors of the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College, one with a background in the sciences and the other in creative interdisciplinary approaches to education, as well as in science. Their knowledge and expertise will help broaden students’ undergraduate experience both in the classroom and beyond, says the college’s […]

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  • 03/06/17--21:00: Tuning In
  • On a cool May evening, the sounds of a tuning orchestra fill a performance hall in Concord, Massachusetts, spilling out into the otherwise quiet streets of bistros with carved wooden signboards and quaint shops selling antiques, fine wine, and artisanal cheese. Before the entire orchestra has assembled on the stage—in a historic, converted barn with […]

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  • 03/12/17--22:00: Mind Reader
  • An estimated 5 to 17 percent of schoolchildren have dyslexia: difficulty reading single words. Research into phonological working memory—the ability to hold speech sounds in mind—by Sargent College’s Tyler Perrachione is shedding new light on what makes dyslexic brains different. It could lead to more effective interventions.

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    Americans love sugar. Together we consumed nearly 11 million metric tons of it in 2016, according to the US Department of Agriculture, much of it in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages like sports drinks and soda. Now, new research suggests that excess sugar—especially the fructose in sugary drinks—might damage your brain. Researchers using data from […]

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    One company has created an artificial pancreas that automatically regulates blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes. Another is developing novel therapeutics to treat Alzheimer’s disease. A third was an early provider of big data solutions, pioneering state-of-the-art network traffic analysis that detects the spread of computer viruses and other malicious activity. The […]

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