Neuroscience News


Love Your Beauty Rest? You Can Thank These Brain Cells

Hopkins researchers find new sleep-promoting cells.​


How the Human Brain Detects the ‘Music’ of Speech

Groups of Neurons Respond to Changes in Vocal Pitch Crucial to Conveying Meaning, Study Finds​


Mapping the Brain, Neuron by Neuron

Scientists mapped the learning and memory center of the fruit fly larva brain, an early step toward mapping how all animal brains work.​


First Mutant Ants Shed Light on Evolution of Social Behavior

Rockefeller researchers modified a gene essential for sensing the pheromones that ants use to communicate.​


New Kinds of Brain Cells Revealed

Salk and UC San Diego scientists analyzed methylation of neurons to find new subtypes.​


How the Tongue Keeps Its Tastes Straight

Signals sent by tongue’s taste cells prevent the brain from confusing bitter and sweet.​


In Witnessing the Brain’s ‘Aha!’ Moment, Scientists Shed Light on Biology of Human Consciousness

Study in human participants lends insight into how the brain transforms unconscious information into conscious thought.


Faster-Acting Antidepressants May Finally Be Within Reach

Rockefeller scientists have for the first time described how SSRIs initiate their action by targeting a particular type of nerve cell.


Hunger-Controlling Brain Cells May Offer Path for New Obesity Drugs

Rockefeller scientists identified two new populations of cells in the brain that potently regulate appetite.


Sleep or Sex? How the Fruit Fly Decides

Male and female flies deal with these competing imperatives in fundamentally different ways.