November 27, 2019

Why Do We Freeze When Startled? New Study in Flies Points to Serotonin

Columbia researchers uncover the mechanism that produces the fly’s startle response, which offers clues as to what may happen in our own bodies when we get startled.
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November 21, 2019

Curious Minds: How Do Birds Change Their Tune?

Postdoctoral research scientist Jordan Moore, PhD, discovered a part of the brain critical for learning songs: a step toward understanding how human beings learn language when young.
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November 18, 2019

Music and the Mind: Award-Winning Pianist Reflects on Her Time as the Zuckerman Institute’s First Jazz Artist-in Residence

Musician Helen Sung, who has spent a year learning about the brain at the Zuckerman Institute, prepares to debut original compositions inspired by brain science.
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Bored people just don't have nothing to do; they want to be stimulated but are unable to connect with their environment. (Illustration: Nicoletta Barolini)
November 6, 2019

Why Being Bored Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Columbia researchers are taking a closer look at this state that leaves people craving relief—and how it affects decision-making, relationships and behavior.
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October 31, 2019

Curious Minds: Why Do Some Memories Last a Lifetime?

Mentored by Columbia Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, two young scientists team up and discover they have a lot in common. Both want to know how the brain creates memories.
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