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What the Discovery of an Elusive Protein Means for Science and Medicine

From the lab of Franck Polleux, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Reconstruction of mitochondrial-ER contact points in a cell (Credit: Yusuke Hirabayashi/Polleux Lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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Movement October 20, 2017

BRAIN Initiative Awards $25.1M to Zuckerman Institute Scientists

Series of awards unites experts from different fields and universities; bolsters innovative, team approach to deciphering the complexities of the brain.

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.

Disease September 4, 2017

The Mystery Behind Schizophrenia's Most Stubborn Symptom

New study in mice reveals biological origins of memory deficits, a core symptom of schizophrenia.

Learning & Memory June 27, 2017

Learning, Memory and Movement: Revealing Connections Behind the Brain’s Talents

Whether it’s hitting a homerun or a tickling the ivories, neuroscientist Rui Costa, PhD, investigates how we learn skilled movement — and what happens in the brain when that ability is disrupted.

Learning & Memory November 30, 2016

How Birds Learn to Sing — and What This Reveals About Human Communication

Why is the young brain so good at learning language?

Learning & Memory October 5, 2016

Brain Study Reveals How Teens Learn Differently Than Adults

Columbia-led research finds adolescents’ ability to remember is closely linked to reward-learning behavior.

Computation October 3, 2016

How the Brain Makes New Memories While Preserving the Old

Advance helps to resolve this long-standing scientific question; offers framework to guide future studies of memory.

Learning & Memory July 7, 2016

Imaging Study in Mice Sheds Light on How the Brain Draws a Map

Scientists track brain-cell activity of mice in real time, gain insight into how the brain stores and organizes information

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?