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How badly do you want something? Babies can tell

November 23, 2017

How badly do you want something? Babies can tell

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Babies as young as 10 months can assess how much someone values a particular goal by observing how hard they are willing to work to achieve it, according to a new study from MIT and Harvard University.

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Stress can lead to risky decisions

November 16, 2017

Stress can lead to risky decisions

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Making decisions is not always easy, especially when choosing between two options that have both positive and negative elements, such as deciding between a job with a high salary but long hours, and a lower-paying job that allows for more leisure time.

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Next-generation optogenetic molecules control single neurons

November 13, 2017

Next-generation optogenetic molecules control single neurons

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Researchers at MIT and Paris Descartes University have developed a new optogenetic technique that sculpts light to target individual cells bearing engineered light-sensitive molecules, so that individual neurons can be precisely stimulated.

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