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Brain Area Controlling Social Memory Also Triggers Aggression

From the lab of Steven A. Siegelbaum, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Composite image of neurons in the CA2 hippocampal region of a mouse (Felix Leroy and David H. Brann/Siegelbaum lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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Learning & Memory March 1, 2018

In Pursuit of Pleasure, Brain Learns to Hit the Repeat Button

New study in mice shows how the brain learns to reproduce patterns of brain activity that lead to reward; provides insights for treating addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Tools & Technology February 16, 2018

The Brain Science of Sound

Nima Mesgarani, PhD, deciphers how the human brain distinguishes and interprets the sounds we hear. Now, he’s being recognized as one of 2018’s top innovators for his achievements.

Growth & Development February 14, 2018

Learning the Language of Love: The Brain Science of Songbirds

By examining birds' courtship rituals, and deciphering how they learn to sing to each other, Sarah Woolley, PhD, is shedding new light on how two brains can connect to become a pair.

Movement February 8, 2018

The Brain Science of Figure Skating: How Practice Makes Perfect

In celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Silver Medalist Paul Wylie joins Drs. Rui Costa and Nathaniel Sawtell, neuroscientists at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, on a journey inside the mind of some of the world's most elite athletes.

Disease January 31, 2018

Body Movements Just Need a “Puff” of Dopamine to Get Started

A new study in mice suggests that a burst of dopamine levels at the beginning of a movement only, as opposed to all the time, is what gets us going. This may have important implications for treating Parkinson’s disease.

Growth & Development January 25, 2018

The Stem Cells that Build a Fly’s Nervous System

Columbia study in fruit flies sheds light on key aspect of development; findings could build understanding of comparable system in people.

Growth & Development December 1, 2017

Mapping the Many Steps it Takes to Build a Cell

In developing a new tool to trace the proteins that guide cellular development, Columbia scientists are deciphering one of biology’s most ancient systems.

The Senses November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving: The Brain Science of Taste

For neuroscientists, the secret to a perfect Thanksgiving turkey isn't just the seasoning and stuffing. Instead, taste is in the brain. Please join neuroscientist Charles S. Zuker, PhD, for a flavor of the cutting edge of taste science today.

Evolution November 2, 2017

What the Discovery of an Elusive Protein Means for Science and Medicine

Columbia-led research solves decade-long scientific mystery; lays groundwork for entirely new investigations into cell biology and disease

Movement October 20, 2017

BRAIN Initiative Awards $25.1M to Zuckerman Institute Scientists

Series of awards unites experts from different fields and universities; bolsters innovative, team approach to deciphering the complexities of the brain.