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How Animals Left the Sea and Evolved to Walk on Land

From the lab of Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Partially overlapping expression of three transcription factors in from thoracic region of mouse spinal cord (Credit: Lora Sweeney/Jessell and Kintner Labs/Salk Institute)

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The Senses November 18, 2015

Scientists Turn Tastes On and Off by Activating and Silencing Brain Cells

New study proves that sense of taste is hardwired in the brain, independent of learning or experience

Learning & Memory October 28, 2015

What Songbirds Can Teach Us About Human Speech and Language

Sarah Woolley is decoding how the brain interprets sound — and what happens during development when those sounds are disrupted.

Evolution October 22, 2015

How the Human Brain Evolved — and Why it Matters

Franck Polleux is tracing the origins of our extraordinary capacity for complex thinking.

Disease October 12, 2015

Anorexia Nervosa Linked to Brain Activity Differences

Findings open up new avenues for future treatment.

The Senses October 1, 2015

Studying Smell to Understand the Brain

At the Zuckerman Institute, Stavros Lomvardas is exploring how people make sense of the millions of scents they encounter every day.

The Senses September 8, 2015

The Signals that Guide Our Sense of Taste

Neuroscientist Charles Zuker explores why we love the sweet, despise the bitter, and how we know when we’re thirsty.

Evolution July 13, 2015

Brain Network that Controls, Redirects Attention Identified

Human-specific network may have evolved to strengthen social communication.

The Senses May 15, 2015

From The Tongue To The Brain

A body of research by Charles Zuker xxplains how we distinguish bitter from sweet, salty from sour — and why we should care.

Movement April 30, 2014

Studies Identify Spinal Cord Neurons that Control Skilled Limb Movement

Researchers have identified two types of neurons that enable the spinal cord to control skilled forelimb movement. The findings are important steps toward understanding normal human motor function and potentially treating movement disorders that arise from injury or disease.