Neuroscience: Columbia Science Commits

The human brain is arguably the most complex biological structure on the planet. Over the past 30 years, we have transformed our understanding of the biology of the brain, as new methods and revolutionary new tools have been developed to explore its structure and functioning. Moving beyond molecular analysis, neuroscience is now investigating networks of neurons whose concerted actions underlie the complexity of the human condition—thought, behavior, memory, self-awareness, language, and the full range of emotions from anger and despair to contentment and joy.

To lead the way, Columbia University has established a comprehensive institute for the pursuit of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in brain science. The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, with founding leadership from Arts & Sciences faculty, is expanding the realm of traditional neuroscience to encompass other fields that will inform and expand our understanding of the brain.

In this video, neuroscientists Daphna Shohamy, a principal investigator at the Zuckerman Institute, and Rafael Yuste, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, explain how they’re exploring key questions about the brain and the best ways to study human thought, behavior, and emotion.

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