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Cortical pyramidal neurons in culture imaged once a day for six consecutive days. Compared to the control neuron (left), a Wnk1-deleted neuron (right) has sparse branching and an axon that disintegrates over time. (Credit: Daniel Virga / Polleux lab / Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

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Growth & Development August 11, 2021

Scientists Identify Specific Gene Tied to Growth and Health of Brain Cells in Flies and Mice

Wnk gene offers new insights into how axons elaborate and maintain their complex morphology, with implications for neural degeneration and repair

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 July 30, 2021

How the Brain Learns to Value the Road Not Taken

Study that asked people to pick paintings reveals bias in how memories of past decisions influence future decisions

News July 27, 2021

Investing with the Future in Mind

Longtime Zuckerman Institute Supporter Dr. Theo Wilson Creates Estate Gifts

Learning & Memory July 23, 2021

How Brains Get “In the Zone”

Mouse research links motivation for mental state to dopamine, a brain chemical implicated in Parkinson’s and other diseases.

The Senses July 21, 2021

The Science of Whiskers: How Touch Remaps the Brain

New mouse research on the sense of touch reveals surprising mental flexibility, with potential implications for designing touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs and understanding disorders such as autism.

Computation July 19, 2021

Innovation Scholar Zenna Tavares Wants to Give Machines Common Sense

Newest Zuckerman Institute investigator draws on logic, philosophy and mathematics to create algorithms with the ability to reason.

Learning & Memory July 15, 2021

Brain Region Draws Map for Food-Caching Birds

A brain region that allows birds to remember thousands of food hiding spots during the winter offers a new way to study memory, with implications for disease and AI.

Learning & Memory June 10, 2021

Novelist Nicole Krauss Explores 12 Questions with Brain Scientists

In conversation with Daphna Shohamy, PhD, a writer connects neuroscience to narrative.

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