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Northeastern neuroscientist joins Dalai Lama to explore spirituality and science

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Stress and fear have far-reaching effects that start in the brain and permeate an individual’s life in lasting ways. Together with the Dalai Lama and other experts, Northeastern neuroscientist Rebecca Shansky is confronting trauma head-on in an effort to help communities in Africa heal from conflict.

Northeastern Psychology Professor to meet with the Dalai Lama to share her research

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Northeastern Psychology Professor Rebecca Shansky will head to Gaborone, Botswana this August to partake in the Dialogue with the Dalai Lama, hosted by the Mind and Life Institute. She will share her research on the brain's response to stress and trauma on stage with other neuroscientists, activists, and scholars.

Researchers’ preclinical trial upends conventional wisdom about responses to fear

For more than a century scientists have recognized “freezing” as the natural fear response. But in a new study, Northeastern assistant professor of psychology Rebecca Shansky found that female rats often respond to fear by “darting.” The find­ings not only raise ques­tions about the veracity of pre­vious studies that rely on freezing to indi­cate fear, but could also lead to better treat­ments for post-​​traumatic stress dis­order.

3Qs: Gender balance in biomedical research

A new policy from the National Institutes of Health will require all biomedical research funded by the NIH to be gender balanced. Rebecca Shanksy, an assistant professor of psychology whose research is focused in this space, discusses the implications of the decision.