Neuroscience News


Octopuses Given Mood Drug ‘Ecstasy’ Reveal Genetic Link to Evolution of Social Behaviors in Humans

Scientists say they have found preliminary evidence of an evolutionary link between the social behaviors of octopuses and humans.​


How the Brain Bounces Back: Mouse Study Reveals that Activity, not Rest, Speeds Recovery After Brain Injury

Columbia research finds unexpected resilience in the brain; findings could inform future treatment approaches for patients recuperating from stroke or other brain trauma.


How Your Brain Experiences Time

Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience have discovered a network of brain cells that express our sense of time within experiences and memories.​


The Naturally Rational Brain? How People Use, and Lose, Preexisting Biases to Make Decisions

Columbia research shows that the human brain employs precise, mathematical logic to decision-making.


Lack of a Single Molecule May Indicate Severe and Treatment-Resistant Depression

The finding may lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of major depressive disorder.


Function of Gene Mutations Linked to Neurological Diseases Identified

Parkinson's-linked gene encodes a protein that controls the transfer of lipids between membranes of cell organelles.


Widespread Connections Among Neurons Help the Brain Distinguish Smells

Organization—or lack of it—in brain’s piriform cortex allows us to differentiate one smell from another.


Monkey Studies Reveal Possible Origin of Human Speech

Findings described as “an important building block” in the quest to understand our species’ unique way with words.


Giant Neurons in the Brain May Play Similarly Giant Role in Awareness and Cognition

A series of experiments involving a particular type of brain cell have advanced our understanding of the roots of consciousness.


Aren’t Sure? Brain Is Primed for Learning

The results also illustrate why it is important that we take a break from learning.