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An Unexpected Place for Learning, Memory in the Brain

From the lab of Randy M. Bruno, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Apical dendrites extending from neurons (green) into layer 1 of the somatosensory cortex (Credit: Bruno lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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Learning & Memory February 19, 2019

An Unexpected Place for Learning, Memory in the Brain

Columbia research demonstrates that the brain’s primitive sensory region also participates in sophisticated learning.

Learning & Memory January 31, 2019

Pinpointing the Cells That Control the Brain’s Memory Flow

Columbia-led discovery in mice aids efforts to map the circuitry of the brain’s learning center; stands to inform studies of psychiatric disorders in which this circuitry goes awry.

Learning & Memory December 10, 2018

Unlocking the Memories Inside Our Minds

By investigating the phenomenal memory of chickadees, Dmitriy Aronov, PhD, brings a fresh approach to studying how our own brains remember. Now he’s being recognized as one of the nation’s top early-career scientists.

Learning & Memory December 5, 2018

Brain Area Controlling Social Memory Also Triggers Aggression

Columbia study in mice reveals importance of memory in driving key social behavior; offers insight into psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

Learning & Memory November 26, 2018

When Storing Memories, Brain Prioritizes Rewarding Experiences

New study reveals that the brain plays back and prioritizes high-reward events for later retrieval and filters out the neutral, inconsequential events.

Disease October 24, 2018

How Columbia University is Untangling Alzheimer's Disease

Meet the scientists leveraging technological advances to reveal aspects of the disease long hidden from view.

Disease October 23, 2018

How to Reverse Memory Loss in Old Mice

Columbia scientists reveal new details of how a naturally occurring hormone can boost memory in aging mice, laying the groundwork for staving off this form of memory loss in people.

Learning & Memory September 4, 2018

Teenage Brains: Wired to Learn

As millions of teens head back to the classroom, discover what the latest research into the adolescent brain reveals about how teens learn and interact with their environment.

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.

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.