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Brain cells switched off in the anterior cingulate cortex (green) prevent mice from learning flexibly. (Credit: Thomas Akam / Rui Costa / Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown)

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The Senses April 15, 2020

How Does Sugar Drive Consumption?

Pioneering study points to promising avenues for minimizing sugar cravings and potentially reducing incidence of obesity and diabetes.

The Senses April 9, 2020

3D Videos Reveal How the Nose Detects Odor Combinations

Columbia study in mice shows how special cells in nose help the brain to distinguish between world’s near-infinite combinations of scents.

The Senses March 9, 2020

Curious Minds: How Do Flies See in Color?

New research from two young scientists shows how the brains of flies, like the brains of humans, create the mental illusion of color.

Decision Making February 26, 2020

How Does the Brain Put Decisions into Context?

Columbia research combines mathematics and neuroscience; highlights surprising power of one brain area to simultaneously integrate vast amounts of information.

Disease February 19, 2020

Curious Minds: Can You Inherit Stress on Your DNA?

Do the experiences of your father leave a mark on your genes? Can trauma be passed down from generation to generation?

The Senses February 12, 2020

Curious Minds: How Do We Taste Sour?

How do the tongue and the brain work together to tell us that certain things are sour?

The Senses February 4, 2020

Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute Announces Three Artists-in-Residence

Year-long program embeds award-winning painter, jazz musician and author with scientists studying the mind, the brain and behavior.

The Senses January 29, 2020

Sex Pheromone Named for Jane Austen Character Alters Brain in Mouse Courtship

Columbia-led study in mice maps brain circuitry that enables a single pheromone to drive both innate and learned sexual behaviors

The Senses January 9, 2020

How Do Fruit Flies See in Color? Study Uncovers Human-like Brain Circuit at Work

Findings lay groundwork for mapping mechanisms of color vision; could inspire future technologies for those with vision impairments.

The Senses January 6, 2020

Mathematics and Neuroscience Merge to Shed Light on Learning

A Q&A with Nathaniel Sawtell, Larry Abbott and Salomon Muller.

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