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Above: Neuroscientist Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD, is bringing us one step closer to understanding our full genetic inheritance. (Credit: Devin Powell/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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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.

The Senses January 2, 2020

Artist Sarah Sze on Working With Neuroscientists

Sarah Sze, a 2003 Macarthur Fellow and a professor in the visual arts program at the School of the Arts, spent 2019 as the Alan Kanzer Artist-in-Residence at the Zuckerman Institute.

Tools & Technology December 18, 2019

Curious Minds: How Can We See Living Nerve Cells in Action?

If you could see the brain at work in a living creature, imagine what you could discover about the biology’s most fundamental processes. For postdoctoral research scientist Wenze Li, PhD, and graduate student Rebecca Vaadia, this is not a dream, but reality.

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.

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