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Babies can tell who has close relationships based on one clue: saliva

Learning to navigate social relationships is a skill that is critical for surviving in human societies. For babies and young children, that means learning who they can count on to take care of them. MIT neuroscientists have now identified a specific signal that young children and even babies use to determine whether two people have […]


The craving state

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2022 issue of BrainScan. *** For people struggling with substance use disorders — and there are about 35 million of them worldwide — treatment options are limited. Even among those who seek help, relapse is common. In the United States, an epidemic of opioid addiction has been declared […]


Perfecting pitch perception

New research from MIT neuroscientists suggest that natural soundscapes have shaped our sense of hearing, optimizing it for the kinds of sounds we most often encounter. In a study reported December 14 in the journal Nature Communications, researchers led by McGovern Institute Associate Investigator Josh McDermott used computational modeling to explore factors that influence how […]


MIT response to Wall Street Journal opinion essay

Following is an open statement in response to “Is MIT’s Research Helping the Chinese Military?”, an opinion essay by Michelle Bethel posted by the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 10, 2021. This statement is jointly from Prof. Robert Desimone, director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, Prof. Nergis Mavalvala, dean of MIT’s […]


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We believe that diverse perspectives strengthen our science. At the McGovern Institute, we bring together people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to study the brain in health and disease.  We believe that a diverse and inclusive community is critical to the advancement of science and we are committed to creating an atmosphere of civility, collegiality, […]


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