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  • Brain scans of patients with social anxiety disorder can predict which patients will benefit most from cognitive-behavioral therapy. Left, patterns of activity in patients with better outcomes; right, patients with worse outcomes. Images: Satrajit Ghosh, Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, John Gabrieli

    Predicting how patients respond to therapy

    Social anxiety is usually treated with either cognitive behavioral therapy or medications. However, it is currently impossible to predict which treatment will work best for a particular patient. The team of researchers from MIT, Boston…

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    Stroke disrupts how brain controls muscle synergies

    The simple act of picking up a pencil requires the coordination of dozens of muscles: The eyes and head must turn toward the object as the hand reaches forward and the fingers grasp it. To make this job more manageable, the brain’s motor…

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    Thinking about others is not child’s play

    When you try to read other people’s thoughts, or guess why they are behaving a certain way, you employ a skill known as theory of mind. This skill, as measured by false-belief tests, takes time to develop: In children, it doesn’t…

  • Ann Graybiel celebrates with members of her laboratory.

    Ann Graybiel wins Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

    Three MIT researchers including Ann Graybiel  are among seven pioneering scientists worldwide named today as this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes.

    These prizes recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics,…

  • A mouse inside a box where it learns to associate an odor with a water reward. Photo: Justin Knight

    Re-creating autism, in mice

    By mutating a single gene, researchers at MIT and Duke have produced mice with two of the most common traits of autism — compulsive, repetitive behavior and avoidance of social interaction.

    They further showed that this gene, which is also…

  • Roberta Sydney becomes Chair of Friends, welcomes new members

    Roberta Sydney, Chair of the Friends and Circle of Willis Society.

    The McGovern Institute is pleased to announce that Roberta Sydney SM ’88, a member of the McGovern Leadership Board, has accepted the invitation to serve as Chair of …

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    Patricia and James Poitras ’63

    The Poitras Center for Affective Disorders Research was founded through a $20M commitment to the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT from Patricia and James Poitras ‘63.
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    Doris and Donald Berkey ’43, SM’43

    Doris and Donald Berkey ’42, SM ’43, of Naples, Florida, have donated $3 million to endow an MIT Professorship in neuroscience, with Robert Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute, as the first incumbent.

    Our decision …

  • McGovern Institute Scolnick Prize awarded to David Julius

    The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT announced today that David Julius, a physiologist at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), will be the 2007 recipient of the Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience. The Scolnick…

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