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How Genes Shape Behavior

From the lab of Andrés Bendesky, MD, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Dual betta fish circling to make an attack. These fish have been bred to be aggressive. In his lab, Dr. Bendesky is studying these fish to see whether their aggression can be traced back to any genetic markers, and whether equivalents of those markers could exist in people (Credit: iStockPhoto/Getty Images).

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Tools & Technology March 15, 2016

Building the Tools to Reveal the Invisible

How a ‘hack’ to a high-powered microscope — and an innovative statistical technique — stands to change what we see when we peer inside the brain.

Learning & Memory March 10, 2016

Newborn Brain Cells Required for Memory

Columbia neuroscientists have described the activity of newly generated brain cells in awake mice and revealed the critical role these cells play in forming memories.

Learning & Memory March 8, 2016

Randy Bruno Investigates How the Brain is Wired

Randy Bruno recently made a discovery that turned the field of neuroscience on its head.

Computation March 3, 2016

How Many Types of Neurons Are There in the Brain?

Innovative method identifies spinal cord cells in unprecedented detail; could be expanded to map cellular diversity in any part of the nervous system.

Decision Making February 23, 2016

What the Film Inside Out Can Teach Us About the Brain, the Mind and Ourselves

A Conversation with two Columbia scientists who consulted on the Oscar-nominated film.

Disease February 18, 2016

Scientists Eliminate Core Symptom of Schizophrenia in Mice

Team uses chemical compound to restore affected brain regions; findings could lead to new treatment strategies.

Growth & Development February 16, 2016

The Symphony of Signals that Guide Brain Development

Minoree Kohwi is mapping how cells mature into a healthy, thriving brain — painstaking work that could one day lead to effective treatments for brain disease and injury.

Tools & Technology January 21, 2016

A New Way to Trace Brain Circuits

These findings highlight an innovative feat of molecular engineering that allows the creation of a more complete map of the brain’s cellular circuits.

Learning & Memory January 7, 2016

Cellular ‘Switch’ Helps Brain Distinguish Safety from Danger, New Study Finds

Study also reveals what can happen when that circuitry is disrupted — and may offer new insight into the treatment of conditions such as posttraumatic stress, panic and anxiety disorders.

Disease January 6, 2016

Brain Cell Loss Linked to Schizophrenia

Deterioration of tiny brain region offers clues to onset of psychiatric disorder.