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How Do Fruit Flies See in Color? Study Uncovers Human-like Brain Circuit at Work

From the lab of Rudy Behnia, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Fly retina showing all R8 photoreceptors in green and yR8 receptors in red (Credit: Sarah Heath/Behnia lab/Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute).

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The Senses January 9, 2020

How Do Fruit Flies See in Color? Study Uncovers Human-like Brain Circuit at Work

Findings lay groundwork for mapping mechanisms of color vision; could inspire future technologies for those with vision impairments.

The Senses January 6, 2020

Mathematics and Neuroscience Merge to Shed Light on Learning

A Q&A with Nathaniel Sawtell, Larry Abbott and Salomon Muller.

The Senses January 2, 2020

Artist Sarah Sze on Working With Neuroscientists

Sarah Sze, a 2003 Macarthur Fellow and a professor in the visual arts program at the School of the Arts, spent 2019 as the Alan Kanzer Artist-in-Residence at the Zuckerman Institute.

Tools & Technology December 18, 2019

Curious Minds: How Can We See Living Nerve Cells in Action?

If you could see the brain at work in a living creature, imagine what you could discover about the biology’s most fundamental processes. For postdoctoral research scientist Wenze Li, PhD, and graduate student Rebecca Vaadia, this is not a dream, but reality.

Movement November 27, 2019

Why Do We Freeze When Startled? New Study in Flies Points to Serotonin

Columbia researchers uncover mechanism that produces the fly’s startle response, offers clues as to what may happen in our own bodies when we get startled.

Learning & Memory November 21, 2019

Curious Minds: How Do Birds Change Their Tune?

Postdoctoral research scientist Jordan Moore, PhD, discovered a part of the brain critical for learning songs: a step toward understanding how human beings learn language when young.

The Senses November 18, 2019

Inside the Jazz Lab with Helen Sung, Jazz Artist-in-Residence

Award-winning pianist completes a year-long residency at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute with a debut of original compositions inspired by brain science.

Learning & Memory October 31, 2019

Curious Minds: Why Do Some Memories Last a Lifetime?

Mentored by Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, two young scientists team up and discover they have a lot in common.

Movement October 21, 2019

The Brain Science of Baseball

Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert, PhD, is uncovering the connections between body and brain that make the physical feats of this sport possible.

The Senses October 21, 2019

How the Brain Dials Up the Volume to Hear Someone in a Crowd

Columbia-led study offers new insight into organization of brain’s listening center; provides roadmap for development of hearing-aid technologies inspired by the brain

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