Neuroscience News


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.


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.