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Scientists Switch Off Pleasure from Food in Brains of Mice

From the lab of Charles S. Zuker, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Neural projections from the sweet (green) and bitter (red) cortex terminate at distinct targets in the amygdala in the brains of mice (Credit: Li Wang/Zuker Lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

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The Senses July 11, 2018

New Study Reveals Brain Mechanisms for Distinguishing Self from Other

Columbia research identifies neural-circuit activity in electric fish that could explain how humans subtract out signals generated by our own bodies; could inform studies of sensory disorders such as tinnitus.

The Senses May 30, 2018

Scientists Switch Off Pleasure from Food in Brains of Mice

Columbia study shows that altering activity in brain’s emotion center can eliminate the natural craving for sweet; findings could inform treatments for eating disorders.

The Senses May 24, 2018

Carol Mason Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Academy recognizes decades of work to map complex pathways that connect the eye to the brain; research that could inform treatments of developmental and vision disorders.

The Senses May 1, 2018

How Two Brains Agree on Smells

Columbia researchers develop mathematical model that proposes new and critical role for neurons in the brain’s smell center.

Computation April 5, 2018

Columbia Scientists Build Better Way to Decode the Genome

New computer algorithm deciphers DNA’s most well-kept secrets; may help find the links between genes and disease.

Evolution April 4, 2018

How Genes Shape Behavior

Andrés Bendesky, MD, PhD, argues that deciphering the astounding diversity of animal behaviors will help to gain insight into ourselves. In appreciation of this work, he is now being recognized as one of the most promising early-career scientists in America.

The Senses March 16, 2018

The Nerve Cells That Enable Fruit Flies to Escape Danger

Findings offer clues into comparable survival strategies in people.

Learning & Memory March 1, 2018

In Pursuit of Pleasure, Brain Learns to Hit the Repeat Button

New study in mice shows how the brain learns to reproduce patterns of brain activity that lead to reward; provides insights for treating addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Tools & Technology February 16, 2018

The Brain Science of Sound

Nima Mesgarani, PhD, deciphers how the human brain distinguishes and interprets the sounds we hear. Now, he’s being recognized as one of 2018’s top innovators for his achievements.

Growth & Development February 14, 2018

Learning the Language of Love: The Brain Science of Songbirds

By examining birds' courtship rituals, and deciphering how they learn to sing to each other, Sarah Woolley, PhD, is shedding new light on how two brains can connect to become a pair.