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How Genes Shape Behavior

From the lab of Andrés Bendesky, MD, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Dual betta fish circling to make an attack. These fish have been bred to be aggressive. In his lab, Dr. Bendesky is studying these fish to see whether their aggression can be traced back to any genetic markers, and whether equivalents of those markers could exist in people (Credit: iStockPhoto/Getty Images).

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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.

Computation October 9, 2017

The Human Brain Recalls Visual Features in Reverse Order Than It Detects Them

This new study upends models of how the brain constructs interpretations of the outside world. The research could shed light on phenomena ranging from eyewitness testimony to stereotyping to autism.

Decision Making July 27, 2017

Scientists Witness the Brain’s ‘Aha!’ Moment

Study lends insight into one of neuroscience’s greatest puzzles: how the brain transforms unconscious information into conscious thought.

Decision Making April 7, 2017

Curious Cells: How the Brain Makes Up Its Mind

A Q&A with Jacqueline Gottlieb, PhD

Decision Making June 10, 2016

Philosophers, Brain and Mind Scientists Discuss Search for the Self

The World Science Festival concluded by addressing one of the hardest questions in science: How do our brains give rise to our sense of self?

Decision Making May 3, 2016

Finding the Beats in our Brains

What happens in the brain of a jazz musician when he or she plays a tune — and what happens in the brains of audience members when they hear it.

Learning & Memory March 8, 2016

Randy Bruno Investigates How the Brain is Wired

Randy Bruno recently made a discovery that turned the field of neuroscience on its head.

Decision Making February 23, 2016

What the Film Inside Out Can Teach Us About the Brain, the Mind and Ourselves

A Conversation with two Columbia scientists who consulted on the Oscar-nominated film.

Learning & Memory November 23, 2015

Scientists at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute Selected as AAAS Fellows

Two Zuckerman Institute Principal Investigators are among five Columbia University faculty named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).