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Scientists Switch Off Pleasure from Food in Brains of Mice

From the lab of Charles S. Zuker, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Neural projections from the sweet (green) and bitter (red) cortex terminate at distinct targets in the amygdala in the brains of mice (Credit: Li Wang/Zuker Lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

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The Senses May 30, 2018

Scientists Switch Off Pleasure from Food in Brains of Mice

Columbia study shows that altering activity in brain’s emotion center can eliminate the natural craving for sweet; findings could inform treatments for eating disorders.

The Senses May 24, 2018

Carol Mason Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Academy recognizes decades of work to map complex pathways that connect the eye to the brain; research that could inform treatments of developmental and vision disorders.

The Senses May 1, 2018

How Two Brains Agree on Smells

Columbia researchers develop mathematical model that proposes new and critical role for neurons in the brain’s smell center.

The Senses March 16, 2018

The Nerve Cells That Enable Fruit Flies to Escape Danger

Findings offer clues into comparable survival strategies in people.

Tools & Technology February 16, 2018

The Brain Science of Sound

Nima Mesgarani, PhD, deciphers how the human brain distinguishes and interprets the sounds we hear. Now, he’s being recognized as one of 2018’s top innovators for his achievements.

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.

Movement January 30, 2018

How the Brain Keeps the Body from Losing its Balance

Columbia University-led study in mice reveals a key mechanism that guides this fundamental aspect of movement.

The Senses November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving: The Brain Science of Taste

For neuroscientists, the secret to a perfect Thanksgiving turkey isn't just the seasoning and stuffing. Instead, taste is in the brain. Please join neuroscientist Charles S. Zuker, PhD, for a flavor of the cutting edge of taste science today.

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.