The Gabrieli Lab at MIT
The goal of our lab is to understand principles of brain organization that are consistent across individuals and those that vary across people due to age, personality, and other dimensions of individuality. Therefore, we examine brain-behavior relations across the life span, from children through the elderly. Our primary methods are brain imaging (functional and structural), and the experimental behavioral study of patients with brain injuries. The majority of our studies involve functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), but we also employ other brain measures as needed to address scientific questions, including electroencephalography (EEG).
Much of our research occurs at the Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute at MIT, which is affiliated with the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. The Martinos centers are a collaboration among the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Our affiliations with these outstanding research institutions promote the opportunity for cutting-edge basic cognitive neuroscience research and translation from basic science to clinical application.
Even when test scores go up, some cognitive abilities don’t
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office December 11, 2013
MIT neuroscientists find even high-performing schools don’t influence their students’ abstract reasoning.
To evaluate school quality, states require students to take standardized tests; in many cases, passing those tests is necessary to receive a high-school diploma. These high-stakes tests have also been shown to predict students’ future educational attainment and adult employment and income.Read the article
New process may diagnose the dyslexia in children earlier
(NECN) October 7, 2013
Some early warning signs of dyslexia include delayed speech, problem with phonetics, trouble creating words that rhyme and family members with a history of dyslexia.
John Gabrieli said kids who have language skills that put them at risk for dyslexia, even before they read, have smaller and less organized fibers.
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A head start on dyslexia diagnosis
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office August,2013
Differences in a key language structure can be seen even before children start learning to read.
About 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from dyslexia, a condition that makes learning to read difficult. Dyslexia is usually diagnosed around second grade, but the results of a new study from MIT could help identify those children before they even begin reading, so they can be given extra help earlier.Read the article