March 16, 2018

Columbia Scientists Locate Nerve Cells That Enable Fruit Flies to Escape Danger

Columbia researchers have identified the nerve cells that initiate a fly’s escape response. Their results provide a window into a survival mechanism so important that it has persisted across evolutionary time, and today exists in virtually all animals.
March 1, 2018

In Pursuit of Pleasure, Brain Learns to Hit the Repeat Button

In a scientific first, researchers have observed in mice how the brain learns to repeat patterns of neural activity that elicit the all-important feel-good sensation. Until today, the brain mechanisms that guide this type of learning had not been measured directly.
February 16, 2018

The Brain Science of Sound

Nima Mesgarani, a principal investigator at Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute, deciphers how the human brain distinguishes and interprets the sounds we hear. Now, he’s being recognized as one of 2018’s top innovators for his achievements.
February 14, 2018

Learning the Language of Love: The Brain Science of Songbirds

Love resides not in the heart, but in the brain, says neuroscientist Sarah Woolley, PhD, of Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute. She studies the courtship rituals of songbirds, who have a lot to teach us about how we communicate.
February 8, 2018

The Brain Science of Figure Skating: How Practice Makes Perfect

In celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Silver Medalist Paul Wylie joins Rui Costa and Nathaniel Sawtell, neuroscientists at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, on a journey inside the minds of some of the world's most elite athletes.