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Zuckerman Institute in the News

Columbia's Zuckerman Institute is regularly featured in influential news outlets around the world. We invite you to browse a selection of recent news coverage below.

Above: Zuckerman Institute Principal Investigator Rudy Behnia, PhD, being interviewed on camera.

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Learning & Memory November 20, 2020

Is Your Brain Goofing Off?

Pop culture suggests humans use only a fraction of their mental capacity—scientists disagree.

Tools & Technology October 6, 2020

It Takes a Special Microscope to Fight Alzheimer’s

A supersensitive new instrument is helping Columbia scientists study the intricacies of neurodegenerative disease.

Growth & Development October 2, 2020

Breakthrough: The Trauma Tracer

Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD is featured in Science Friday Breakthrough, a short film anthology from Science Friday and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) that follows women working at the forefront of their fields.

Decision Making August 5, 2020

Evocations of abstract art

Psychology researchers have teamed up with art theorists to quantify how abstract art evokes different cognitive states to figurative or literally representative art.

Decision Making August 3, 2020

One Type of Art Can Help You See the Bigger Picture in Life

"Something as fluid as enjoying art has demonstrable and measurable effects on how our mind works."

Decision Making May 27, 2020

Why Small Decisions Feel So Difficult: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Coronavirus Podcast

Why does choosing what to eat for dinner or what to watch on TV suddenly feel impossible? CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and neuroscientist Daphna Shohamy explain that we may need to look inside the human brain for the answers.

Decision Making May 14, 2020

How to Find Your Flow Working From Home, Even if You’re Surrounded by a Spouse, Kids and Worries

Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD, offers some advice for training the brain to work from home.

Learning & Memory May 13, 2020

Unexpected Brain Strategy Links Two Events Separated by Time

A study in mice led by Attila Losonczy, MD, PhD, and Stefano Fusi, PhD, does not find evidence supporting two popular ideas for how the brain bridges temporal time gaps.

Is Maternal Instinct Real?

Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD, describes her work in mice showing that there’s some evidence that the desire to take care of our young is instinctual.

The Senses April 15, 2020

Humans' “Unquenchable Desire” for Sugar Stems From an Unexpected Place

Charles Zuker, PhD, explains why we want sugar so terribly. The reasons why go far beyond taste.