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Labeled in red and green in this photo illustration are axons of sensory cells in a single glomerulus within a mouse brain’s olfactory bulb. (Hani Shayya/Stavros Lomvardas/Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute)

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The Senses September 7, 2022

Cravings for Fatty Foods Traced to Gut-Brain Connection

Mouse research reveals fat sensors in the intestines that stimulate the brain and drive food desires

Disease February 16, 2022

Opioid’s Impact on the Brain Felt Across Generations, Study in Rats Suggests

New method for assessing pain and pain relief uncovers a neurological legacy of drug use, passed down genetically to male offspring.

Tools & Technology January 25, 2022

Columbia Research Exploring How AI Can Hear One Voice Among Many Receives Honor

Engineering society gives award to impactful, pioneering work that could help lead to brain wave-reading hearing aids.

The Senses December 9, 2021

Meet Jennifer Scribner

What happened when one woman went back to school for science in her forties? Meet Jennifer Scribner, graduate student in the Axel lab.

The Senses November 17, 2021

Solving a Mystery 60 Years Old: How Insect Vision Detects Motion

A Q&A with neuroscientists Rudy Behnia, Jessica Kohn and Jacob Portes

The Senses October 27, 2021

How the Brain Perceives Landmarks

Mice navigating virtual environments reveal brain activity that adjusts mental maps.

The Senses July 21, 2021

The Science of Whiskers: How Touch Remaps the Brain

New mouse research on the sense of touch reveals surprising mental flexibility, with potential implications for designing touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs and understanding disorders such as autism.

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.

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