Neuroscience News


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.


Deep in the Fly Brain, a Clue to How Evolution Changes Minds

Scientists probed how males manage to pick out members of their own species from the multitude of flies crowding around an overripe fruit.


New Study in Electric Fish Reveals Brain Mechanisms for Distinguishing Self from Other

Columbia research identifies neural-circuit activity in fish that could inform studies of sensory disorders such as tinnitus.


Oil and Water at the Neuronal Synapse

Synaptic vesicles organize themselves into a liquid compartment within the nerve terminal, much as oil does when mixed with water.


New Brain Cells Increase Resilience to Stress

The study, in mice, shows that the newly formed neurons dampen the effects of stress on the hippocampus.


‘Music of Speech’ Linked to Brain Area Unique to Humans

Understanding vocal pitch could give realistic synthetic voices to those unable to speak.


Scientists Solve the Case of the Missing Subplate, With Wide Implications for Brain Science

A new paper demonstrates that subplate neurons survive, and in fact become part of the adult cerebral cortex​


Nearly 80 Exoplanet Candidates Identified in Record Time

Search considered successful “dress rehearsal” for exoplanet hunter TESS​


Drowsy Worms Offer New Insights into the Neuroscience of Sleep

Rockefeller scientists shed new light on the transitions between a wakeful, active state and the stillness of sleep.