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MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences stands at the nexus of neuroscience, biology and psychology. We combine these disciplines to study specific aspects of the brain and mind including: vision, movement systems, learning and memory, neural and cognitive development, language and reasoning. Working collaboratively, we apply our expertise, tools, and techniques to address and answer both fundamental and universal questions about how the brain and mind work.

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Rats stop and think about trajectories that they have run on a maze. Image/Fabian Kloosterman and Tom Davidson.

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Rats' mental 'instant replay' drives next moves
MIT researchers have found that rats use a mental instant replay of their actions to help them decide what to do next, shedding new light on how animals and humans learn and remember. Read More >>

We Learn More From Success, Not Failure
There is a biological reason why we learn more from our triumphs than from our failures, according to new research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read More >>