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The Power and Peculiarities of Sensing the World

From the lab of Stavros Lomvardas, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Anil Seth (left) and Stavros Lomvardas, along with Elizabeth Vargas (center) demonstrate the integration of the taste, sight, smell and touch with audience volunteers (Credit: World Science Festival / Greg Kessler).

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Learning & Memory January 31, 2019

Pinpointing the Cells That Control the Brain’s Memory Flow

Columbia-led discovery in mice aids efforts to map the circuitry of the brain’s learning center; stands to inform studies of psychiatric disorders in which this circuitry goes awry.

Computation January 29, 2019

Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals into Speech

Advance marks critical step toward brain-computer interfaces that hold immense promise for those with limited or no ability to speak.

The Senses January 9, 2019

Genes on the Move Help Nose Make Sense of Scents

Armed with advanced genomic tools, Columbia scientists have uncovered an ingenious mechanism that underlies the brain’s ability to distinguish different smells.

The Senses December 30, 2018

A New Party Trick: A Hearing Aid That Reads Minds

Nima Mesgarani, PhD, is studying how your brain picks out individual voices from a crowd — and using this knowledge to build a better hearing aid that reads your mind.

Learning & Memory December 10, 2018

Unlocking the Memories Inside Our Minds

By investigating the phenomenal memory of chickadees, Dmitriy Aronov, PhD, brings a fresh approach to studying how our own brains remember. Now he’s being recognized as one of the nation’s top early-career scientists.

Learning & Memory December 5, 2018

How the Brain Distinguishes Friend from Foe

Columbia study in mice reveals importance of memory in driving key social behavior; offers insight into psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

Growth & Development November 27, 2018

Tiny Mitochondria Stimulate Brain Cell Connections

Once thought to be a biological oddity, these cellular components’ strange shape may actually indicate a potential new role for mitochondria in the brain.

Learning & Memory November 26, 2018

When Storing Memories, Brain Prioritizes Rewarding Experiences

New study reveals that the brain plays back and prioritizes high-reward events for later retrieval and filters out the neutral, inconsequential events.

Computation November 2, 2018

Columbia-led Team Receives $16.75M from the BRAIN Initiative

Award unites different fields of brain research to foster an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to deciphering the brain.

Decision Making November 1, 2018

Election Day: The Brain Science of Making Decisions

Then November, when you join millions in voting, take a moment to ask yourself: How did my brain make this decision? Before going into the voting both, join Michael Shadlen, MD, PhD, on a journey inside the brain.