Nick Gallagher

Nick Gallagher

Reporter, Mind & Behavior and Technology

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Nick Gallagher, based in Brooklyn, New York, covers Mind & Behavior and Technology for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Nick wrote articles for the Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Magazine and Popula, among other outlets. He is a graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Machine learning might help stop cyberattacks in future. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Machine learning might help stop cyberattacks in future. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)A novel machine-learning system can quantify the degree of change between multiple data inputs, enabling more accurate anomaly detection that could have wide-ranging applications in fields as varied as biomedicine, autonomous driving and network security.

The way your attention is focused can profoundly affect your hearing. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
The way your attention is focused can profoundly affect your hearing. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)University of Memphis researchers found that the degree of attention individuals pay to incoming sounds can influence even the earliest stages of brain processing — including those that scientists once thought were completely automatic.

Evidence may have been found that will establish the link between Parkinson's disease and melanoma. (Unsplash/Dirk Schumacher)
Evidence may have been found that will establish the link between Parkinson's disease and melanoma. (Unsplash/Dirk Schumacher)Researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have discovered a connection between the problematic molecules that appear in cases of melanoma and Parkinson's disease, providing a clue that could one day inform new treatments for both diseases.

Writing prompts help online students understand concepts better. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Writing prompts help online students understand concepts better. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)When online lessons are interspersed with reflective, explanatory writing prompts, students perform better on tests administered a week later, according to a new study from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Researchers are breaking down the link between mental illness and violence. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
Researchers are breaking down the link between mental illness and violence. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)University of Zurich researchers have found that the length of time spent in a psychiatric hospital and the age of a first diagnosis were the most significant variables that separate violent and nonviolent people who live with schizophrenia spectrum disorder.

What makes mice hallucinate? And how can we tell if they've done so? (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
What makes mice hallucinate? And how can we tell if they've done so? (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Washington University School of Medicine found that mice that had experiences analogous to hallucinations in humans showed higher dopamine responses, reinforcing the theory that the neurotransmitter may play a role in psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

Empathy training might reduce recidivism. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Empathy training might reduce recidivism. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)Parole and probation officers who completed a 30-minute empathy exercise experienced a decreased belief that parolees would reoffend, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, psychologists, with the parolees under the officers' oversight exhibiting a 13% reduction in recidivism in the 10 months that followed.

A mother's treatment after birth can have huge repercussions. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A mother's treatment after birth can have huge repercussions. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Mothers who experience childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder may have more trouble bonding with their children up to a year after giving birth, according to a new analysis from Pennsylvania State University researchers.

Big data is coming to medical records. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Big data is coming to medical records. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)French and Lebanese health data scientists are experimenting with a new system for integrating individual patients' medical records with massive networks of data from clinical trials and public databases.

The field of quantum computing is poised to take a leap forward. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The field of quantum computing is poised to take a leap forward. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology used fiber-optic wires to monitor and measure a basic unit of quantum information, a step toward building a computer that could one day process complex codes and high-level mathematical formulas with the help of quantum mechanics.

Microplastics might get easier to find. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
Microplastics might get easier to find. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)Engineers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are developing a tool that could autonomously scan the earth's waterways to separate and identify tiny plastic shards and other pollutants that are notoriously difficult to track.

Negative mood has been linked to a certain spot in the brain. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
Negative mood has been linked to a certain spot in the brain. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)Neurologists at the University of Miami have come closer to understanding the complex role that the amygdalae, a pair of small clusters of nuclei deep within the brain, play in human mood and behavior.