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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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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.

Decision Making April 13, 2020

Lentils or Pasta? Why Small Decisions Feel as Tough as Big Ones in This Time of Crisis

In a world reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, mundane decisions can feel as difficult as existential ones, explains Daphna Shohamy, PhD.

Disease March 2, 2020

Tau Shows Promise as Achilles’ Heel for Alzheimer’s and Similar Diseases

New research by Anthony Fitzpatrick, PhD, and others shows that tau, once seen as a secondary player, has now taken a leading role in combating neurodegenerative illnesses.

The Senses January 29, 2020

Sex Pheromone Named After Mr. Darcy Found to Put Female Mice in the Mood

Ebru Demir, PhD, describes a new study in mice showing that the pheromone darcin.can elicit complex behaviors that are dependent on the animal's internal state.

The Senses December 5, 2019

Good Question: Why Do We Freeze Up When We're Startled?

Richard Mann, PhD, describes his latest work in fruit flies that sheds light on the body's startle response.

The Senses October 23, 2019

A New Look at How the Brain Processes Sound Could Radically Improve Hearing Aids

Nima Mesgarani, PhD, and his team got a rare glimpse of what happens inside the brain while multiple people are talking.

Disease October 10, 2019

Schizophrenia Memory Deficits Reversed in Adult Mice

An international research team headed by Joseph Gogos, MD, PhD, and Stavros Lomvardas, PhD, restored normal working memory in a mouse model of schizophrenia.

Tools & Technology October 7, 2019

Black Holes, Volcanic Scrolls and a Teeny, Tiny Heartbeat

Developed by Elizabeth Hillman, PhD, SCAPE 2.0 follows blood cells through the heart of a zebra fish embryo.

The Senses September 19, 2019

How Your Brain Keeps You From Running Into Walls

In a matter of milliseconds, our brains calculate the geometry of each space we enter, according to research led by Nikolaus Kriegeskorte, PhD.

Growth & Development September 6, 2019

Body Architects

Research from Richard Mann, PhD, and colleagues highlights the unique properties of DNA segments that guide the fly’s complicated development.