Neuroscience News


Chimpanzee Brain Organoids Hint at Secrets of Human Evolution

Small clusters of brain cells grown from stem cells in a laboratory dish mimic the development and organization of full-size chimpanzee brains.​


High-speed, 3D SCAPE Microscope Captures Stunning, Live Videos of Fruit Fly Nerve Cells in Action

Columbia team harnesses powerful technology to uncover never-before-seen details of the nervous system, demonstrating SCAPE’s broad potential to decipher the brain.​


Inside the Brains of Hungry Worms, Researchers Find Clues About How They Hunt

Researchers describe neural mechanisms responsible for the organisms' strategic local search for food.


What Do Animal Brains Have in Common With a Swarm of Robots? Maybe More Than You Think

In an effort to improve robotic swarming algorithms, an interdisciplinary team of scientists will study how the brain allows an animal to navigate and change its route while moving.​


Uncovering the Evolution of the Brain

Salk scientists compare the development of brain cells between humans and nonhuman primates in a novel way.​


Rats in Augmented Reality Help Show How the Brain Determines Location

A new Johns Hopkins study found that rats' ability to recalibrate these learned relationships is ever-evolving, moment-by-moment.


When Neurons Get the Blues: Hyperactive brain cells may be to blame when antidepressants don’t work

Salk study is the first to directly examine cells from patients whose depression doesn’t respond to SSRIs.​


Pinpointing the Cells That Control the Brain’s Memory Flow

Columbia-led discovery in mice aids efforts to map the circuitry of the brain’s learning center; stands to inform studies of psychiatric disorders in which this circuitry goes awry.


3D Printed Implant Promotes Nerve Cell Growth to Treat Spinal Cord Injury

In rat models, the novel scaffolding mimicked natural anatomy and boosted stem cell-based treatment; the approach is scalable to humans and advances effort toward clinical trials.


How the Brain Decides Whether to Hold ’Em or Fold ’Em

Johns Hopkins study sheds light on brain basis of risk-taking behavior