Fall 2019 Newsletter | In the Media

A radio news story made up of college senior theses includes one from Daniel Pollak '19 where he records the neurons of awake songbirds to understand how their auditory cortex works. WBUR

Can people accurately remember license plates? In The New York Times Magazine, Caren Rotello discusses how we make memories, and what techniques we can use to help us remember license plates. She says people have trouble with short term memory and it is best to either write down the information immediately or to break up the sequence into sections that are easier to remember. She says all memories fade with time and in a pretty dramatic way. New York Times magazine

Rebecca Spencer comments in a story about new research that finds poor quality rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep can interfere with processing emotional memories overnight. She says, “While it’s good that I can learn to put up with hearing myself sing, it may not be good for me to habituate to gunfire in my neighborhood.” She also says the study had a small sample size but did seem to draw a strong correlation between REM sleep interruptions and adaptation of the amygdala portion of the brain. The Scientist

A columnist recounting her experience using breathing exercises as a way to sleep better quotes Rebecca Spencer who says these breathing techniques cannot override other areas of sleep hygiene. Cooking Light

Agnès Lacreuse is interviewed in the article "Animal models of Alzheimer’s disease embrace diversity." Lab Animal

An article about a 12-question self-test called the “Encouragement Character Strength Scale,” that was developed by researchers at Indiana University, quotes Susan Krauss Whitbourne. She says that getting a high score on the test equates directly with whether people like you. The test claims to measure how good people are at providing words of encouragement, inspiration and affirmation to others. Inc

The Rudd Adoption Research Program at UMass Amherst hosted its 2019 Summer Adoption Research Institute on campus. In a radio interview, Harold Grotevant, director of the Rudd program, spoke about changing trends in adoption. WAMC