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Geometric arrangement for the coding of two animals’ identities (N1 and N2) in different positions (left and right). (Credit: Fusi Lab / Columbia Zuckerman Institute)

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Evolution December 6, 2023

Fighting Chickens Offer Clues to Genetic Origins of Aggression

Scientists complete largest genomic analysis of gamecocks to date

Tools & Technology June 20, 2023

Cuttlefish Brain Atlas First of Its Kind

The dwarf cuttlefish, with skin that changes color based on what it sees and feels, could help neuroscientists ask and answer new questions

Evolution March 9, 2022

Mental Landscapes: Introducing the Betta Fish

Genetic origins of their splendid colors and wavy shapes revealed

Evolution October 27, 2021

Why Are Humans so Good at Learning?

New research highlights a genetic component to our species' mental abilities.

Evolution August 5, 2021

Flies with Four Wings? Investigating Genes that Pattern Animal Bodies

A Q&A with Richard Mann and Ryan Loker

Learning & Memory October 6, 2020

NIH New Innovator Award Goes to Columbia Neuroscientist Studying “Genius” Birds and Memory

$2.43 million grant will fund cutting-edge technologies and research positions aimed at deciphering what a memory looks like.

Evolution April 16, 2020

Finding the Brainy Genes That Make Us Human

A Q&A with Franck Polleux, PhD, and James Noonan, PhD.

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.

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

Evolution April 4, 2018

How Genes Shape Behavior

Andrés Bendesky, MD, PhD, argues that deciphering the astounding diversity of animal behaviors will help to gain insight into ourselves. In appreciation of this work, he is now being recognized as one of the most promising early-career scientists in America.

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