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Rewards might mask animal intelligence

New study finds that using rewards might incrementally improve learning, but performance overall improves when rewards aren’t available.


Johns Hopkins study explains why MDMA may help treat PTSD

A group of Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have found that the psychoactive drug MDMA, or ecstasy, causes a neural response called a “critical period,” when the brain is sensitive to learning the reward value of social behaviors.


Do you see what AI sees? Study finds that humans can think like computers.

Even powerful computers, like those that guide self-driving cars, can be tricked into mistaking random scribbles for trains, fences, or school buses. It was commonly believed that people couldn’t see how those images trip up computers, but in a new study, Johns Hopkins University researchers show most people actually can.


Rats in augmented reality help show how the brain determines location

Before the age of GPS, humans had to orient themselves without on-screen arrows pointing down an exact street, but rather, by memorizing landmarks and using learned relationships among time, speed, and distance. They had to know, for instance, that 10 minutes of brisk walking might equate to half a mile traveled.


Study defines differences among brain neurons that coincide with psychiatric conditions

Previous studies of key brain cells have found little variability in a common cell process that involves how genetic information is read and acted on. The process, called epigenetics, involves chemical or structural “tweaks” to gene activity that don’t affect the underlying genetic code itself, but do affect when and how a gene becomes available […]


Owl Study Offers Clues to Human Attention

By studying barn owls, scientists at Johns Hopkins University believe they’ve taken an important step toward solving the long-standing mystery of how the brain chooses what most deserves attention. The finding, authored by assistant professor Shreesh Mysore and published today in the journal Neuron, likely applies to all animals, including humans, and offers new insight […]


Positive Psychology & The Science of Happiness

As part of orientation for incoming first-year students, Professor Justin Halberda discussed how positive psychology can help us become happier, healthier, and closer to our ideal selves. Read more on The Hub.


Crash Course in Psychology courses for Spring 2019

Please join us for the Crash Course in Psychology Courses for spring 2019! Where: Hodson Hall, Second Floor Lobby When: Thursday, November 1 from 5:30-7:00 pm Hosted by the Psychology Undergraduate Steering Committee Join us on Thursday, November 1 in Hodson Hall, second floor lobby from 5:30-7:00 pm for pizza & casual conversation as Psychology […]