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  • Optogenetics is a technique that allows researchers to control brain cell activity using light.

    What is optogenetics?

    This animation illustrates optogenetics -- a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light.
  • Optogenetics is a technique that allows researchers to control brain cell activity using light.

    Blind Mice, No Longer

    McGovern researchers use optogeneticsto restore vision in blind mice.
  • Ed Boyden

    Video Profile: Ed Boyden

    Ed Boyden, a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, develops new strategies for manipulating brain activity. He uses a wide variety of technologies to find new and more potent ways to alter brain function, for both research…

  • Emilio Bizzi. Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: Emilio Bizzi

    Emilio Bizzi examines how the brain translates our general intentions into the detailed commands needed to control muscle movements. One of his key discoveries is that groups of muscles are activated synergistically by circuits of neurons…

  • Robert Desimone. Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: Robert Desimone

    Robert Desimone is director of the McGovern Institute and formerly the head of intramural research at the National Institute of Mental Health. Desimone also runs his own lab at the McGovern Institute, where he studies the brain mechanisms underlying attention.
  • McGovern Institute Director, Robert Desimone, speaks to guests at Patrick J. McGovern's memorial service on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Photo: Justin Knight

    A Short Introduction to the McGovern Institute

    This 2-minute video, narrated by McGovern Institute Director Robert Desimone, provides an overview of the Institute including our goals, our research interests, and our accomplishments.…

  • A View of the Brain

    A view of the brain

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides researchers with a non-invasive method for viewing the human brain in high resolution.
  • Joel Z. Leibo

    In His Own Words: Joel Z. Leibo

    The Friends of the McGovern Institute Student Fellowship has been awarded to Joel Leibo for his work in Prof. Tomaso Poggio’s lab. Leibo’s research asks two key questions: How do we learn to recognize faces? And how can we build…

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    Welcome to the McGovern Institute

    This award-winning video provides viewers with an intimate tour of the McGovern Institute and it explores the tools our researchers are using to unlock the mystery of the human brain.
  • John Gabrieli
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