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Why Do We Freeze When Startled? New Study in Flies Points to Serotonin

From the lab of Richard S. Mann, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Videos of flies (5x speed) using FlyWalker, a program that enables scientists to label and track the position of each of the fly’s footfalls, thereby building a high-resolution picture of it’s walking gait. Top: normal fly walking at around 25 mm/s. Bottom: fly with its VNC serotonin neurons stimulated, which slows its speed to 15 mm/s (Credit: Clare Howard/Mann lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

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Learning & Memory November 21, 2019

Curious Minds: How Do Birds Change Their Tune?

Postdoctoral research scientist Jordan Moore, PhD, discovered a part of the brain critical for learning songs: a step toward understanding how human beings learn language when young.

The Senses November 18, 2019

Inside the Jazz Lab with Helen Sung, Jazz Artist-in-Residence

Award-winning pianist completes a year-long residency at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute with a debut of original compositions inspired by brain science.

The Senses October 21, 2019

How the Brain Dials Up the Volume to Hear Someone in a Crowd

Columbia-led study offers new insight into organization of brain’s listening center; provides roadmap for development of hearing-aid technologies inspired by the brain

Tools & Technology September 27, 2019

High-Speed Microscope Illuminates Biology at the Speed of Life

New SCAPE 2.0 system can serve as a critical tool to advance science and medicine.

The Senses June 6, 2019

The Power and Peculiarities of Sensing the World

At the 2019 World Science Festival, experts discussed the role that our five senses — smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch — play in helping us to navigate our surroundings.

The Senses May 30, 2019

The Mental Mathematics of Identifying and Manipulating Objects

An international team of researchers demonstrates that our brain need only perform a few lightning-fast statistical calculations to detect key properties of unknown objects.

Brain-Controlled Hearing Aid Automatically Identifies Who You Want to Hear

Columbia engineers develop new AI technology that amplifies correct speaker from a group; breakthrough could lead to better hearing aids.

News May 15, 2019

Mind Brain Behavior Symposium is a Meeting of Minds

Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute hosts gathering of leading neuroscientists from across the country

The Senses May 13, 2019

Room for Thought: Brain Region That Watches for Walls Identified

Advanced imaging technologies observe one brain area’s ability to rapidly sense our surroundings; lays groundwork for improvements to machine learning and robotics.

The Senses March 7, 2019

High-Speed, 3D Microscope Captures Nerve Cells in Action

Columbia team harnesses powerful high-speed, 3D SCAPE microscope to uncover never-before-seen details of the fruit fly nervous system, demonstrating SCAPE’s broad potential to decipher the brain.

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