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This neuroscientist wants to change how we diagnose and treat mental illness

Imagine that a doctor could know which treatment would best help a patient with depression, anxiety, or some other mental illness by taking a picture of the person’s brain, not unlike the way people get an X-ray for a broken bone. That, along with early detection and intervention tools, will be in the future of clinical psychiatric practice, said Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, who started this semester as a psychology professor at Northeastern.
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What if people from different cultures and economic backgrounds have different brain wiring?

For decades, scientists have assumed that the brain circuitry for social behavior has developed over millions of years of evolution and is hardwired at birth. Based on this view of human development, we all start life with the same basic brain wiring and our uniqueness is built upon that common biological foundation.

Your dog is a genius. You just don’t realize it.

Northeastern alumnus creates puzzles for cats and dogs, rewarding completed puzzles with treats!
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Biology professor receives 2018 University Excellence in Teaching Award

James Monaghan had just started teaching a class, when the Provost came in and presented him Northeastern University's University Excellence in Teaching Award. "I had no idea it was coming," said Monaghan. "It's the coolest thing that they actually came into class!"
Professor James Monaghan laughing with male and female student in lab
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Here’s what makes a great teacher

The passion that drives James Monaghan is tissue regeneration; for Denise Garcia, it’s international diplomacy. While their disciplines couldn’t be more different, what earned them the 2018 University Excellence in Teaching Award is what they have in common—a passion for students on both the academic and human level.
Profile picture of Fae Kayarian, who is looking up.
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Northeastern’s Brain Awareness Week underscores need to “make world a healthier, more informed place”

Learn about the future of brain sensors, new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, and more during Brain Awareness Week, hosted by the Northeastern NEURONS student organization.
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Neuropsychologists and Criminal Minds fans alike join in excitement over launch of new forensics club

"This club is for anyone in biology, psychology, behavioral neuroscience, criminal justice, or any major if you're interested in aspects of forensic science and other parts of criminology that aren't offered at Northeastern," said Talemal. "And it's also for people who are just interested in watching and talking about some great criminal television."