Neuroscience News


Kavli Frontiers of Science begins New Symposia Series with Indonesia

The National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium program has entered into a new partnership with Indonesia.


Distinguished Young Scientists Selected to Participate in Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposia

One hundred twenty-two young scientists have been selected for the U.S. and Chinese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia.


The Brain's Zoom Button

Researchers have discovered a key mechanism that can act like a zoom button in the brain, by controlling the resolution of the brain's internal maps.


In The Brain, Winning Is Everywhere

A new study suggests winning may not be the only thing, but the human brain devotes a lot of resources to the outcome of games.


Researchers Find Memory is Organized in Millisecond Packets

An experiment published in the 28 September issue of Nature in which rats are "teleported" shows how memory is organized into discrete 125 millisecond-long packets, enabling a smooth transition between one memory and the next.


Arthur Horwich Receives Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Arthur Horwich, Sterling Professor of Genetics & Pediatrics, received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation for his work on the process of protein folding, or formation.


Study Finds Neuronal Basis of Age-Related Cognitive Decline in Prefrontal Cortical Networks

Researchers performed the first recordings of prefrontal cortical (PFC) neurons from aged monkeys performing a spatial working memory task. They found a marked, age-related reduction in the persistent network firing that is essential for working memory, the building block of higher cognition.


Yale Researchers Show How Memory Is Lost — and Found

A new study published July 27 in the journal Nature shows that the neural networks in the brains of the middle-aged and elderly have weaker connections and fire less robustly than in youthful ones. Intriguingly, note the scientists, the research suggests that this condition is reversible.


Your Brain on Androids

Feel uneasy with an anthropomorphic robot, playing a video game or watching an animated movie, where the human characters are realistic but not quite right? If yes, then you’ve probably visited what’s called the “uncanny valley.”


Center for Communicating Science Holds First Conference

University faculty and administrators from 20 states gathered at Stony Brook in June for an innovative, four-day conference dedicated to improving the way scientists communicate with the public.