Science by the Pint

Our next Science by the Pint will feature

Dr. Robert Desimone

Attending to Attention

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Our brains are constantly bombarded with sensory information and changing behavioral imperatives. Therefore, a fundamental challenge the brain must solve is that of managing information overload. Dr. Robert Desimone at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT studies the neural systems in humans and animals which endow them with the critical ability to meet this challenge by focusing attention on specific tasks or aspects of the environment while filtering out distractions. How does the brain allow us to find a familiar face in a sea of strangers? Why is it so dangerous to drive and text? What goes wrong with attention in psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression or schizophrenia? These are the types of questions driving research in the Desimone lab.

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