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Cortical pyramidal neurons in culture imaged once a day for six consecutive days. Compared to the control neuron (left), a Wnk1-deleted neuron (right) has sparse branching and an axon that disintegrates over time. (Credit: Daniel Virga / Polleux lab / Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

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Learning & Memory July 30, 2021

How the Brain Learns to Value the Road Not Taken

Study that asked people to pick paintings reveals bias in how memories of past decisions influence future decisions

Learning & Memory July 23, 2021

How Brains Get “In the Zone”

Mouse research links motivation for mental state to dopamine, a brain chemical implicated in Parkinson’s and other diseases.

Learning & Memory July 15, 2021

Brain Region Draws Map for Food-Caching Birds

A brain region that allows birds to remember thousands of food hiding spots during the winter offers a new way to study memory, with implications for disease and AI.

Learning & Memory June 10, 2021

Novelist Nicole Krauss Explores 12 Questions with Brain Scientists

In conversation with Daphna Shohamy, PhD, a writer connects neuroscience to narrative.

Learning & Memory May 20, 2021

Neuroscientist Vikram Gadagkar Named Searle Scholar

Research on the female zebra finch promises new insights into how we judge the actions of others.

Learning & Memory February 24, 2021

Why You Should Try Something New Every Day

New study demonstrates the power of novelty to boost the brain’s problem-solving abilities

Learning & Memory February 16, 2021

How Does the Brain Create Memories?

How an Incredible Memory Helps Birds Survive the Winter

Computation October 14, 2020

How Do You Make Sense of the World?

Two Zuckerman Institute labs teamed up to investigate how the brain represents abstract concepts

Movement October 7, 2020

How Does the Brain Explore?

New mouse study reveals brain cells that identify familiar locations, deepening our understanding of how the brain explores new environments

Learning & Memory October 6, 2020

NIH New Innovator Award Goes to Columbia Neuroscientist Studying “Genius” Birds and Memory

$2.43 million grant will fund cutting-edge technologies and research positions aimed at deciphering what a memory looks like.

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