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Sounds of musicToday’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Christian Steiner, of Elena Ruehr.

For MIT composer Elena Ruehr, this November is a memorable one: Three of her pieces are making concert premieres this month. MIT News spoke with Ruehr, who is also a lecturer in MIT’s music program, about her work.

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The whole truth

The whole truth

Today’s Spotlight features stock photographs composed by Christine Daniloff/MIT.

Children learn a great deal about the world from their own exploration, but they also rely on what adults tell them. Studies have shown that children can figure out when someone is lying to them, but cognitive scientists from MIT recently tackled a subtler question: Can children tell when adults are telling them the truth, but not the whole truth?

Led by Laura Schulz, the Class of 1943 Career Development Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, the researchers found that not only can children make this distinction, but they can also compensate for incomplete information by exploring more on their own.

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