Zuckerman Institute

Circuit, Spring 2016

Findings may offer insight into anxiety and mood disorders.

By witnessing the activity of newly generated brain cells in mice, Attila Losonczy, MD, PhD, and colleagues have revealed the crucial role these cells play in memory. This landmark study also sheds light on what happens when this memory-encoding process goes awry.

Revealing the Invisible

How a microscope hack — and an innovative statistical technique — stand to change what we see when we peer inside the brain.

The Brain's Motion Detectors

By studying the visual system in fruit flies, neuroscientist Rudy Behnia, PhD, asks: How does the brain interpret what the eye sees?
Franck Polleux, PhD

Teasing Signals from the Brain

Statistician John Cunningham, PhD, examines the complex communication between brain cells that gives rise to the elegant simplicity of our movements.
Franck Polleux, PhD

How Many Types of Neurons are in the Brain?

Thomas Jessell, PhD, Larry Abbott, PhD, Liam Paninski, PhD, and colleagues shed light on this age-old scientific question.


This year's Brain Insight Lecture Series, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, featured experts discussing their acclaimed research on a range of topics: traumatic brain injury; early childhood development; learning and memory; and the science of smell.

Stay tuned for another season of exciting programming this Fall.

Making News

The Mysteries of How Newborn Cells May Help Form Memories

Attila Losonczy, MD,PhD, explains why the brain must generate new cells in order to capture memories.

In the Age of Information Overload, What Happens in the Brain?

Daphna Shohamy, PhD, scans the brain of WNYC host Manoush Zomorodi and explores how learning and memory might be affected.

Sports-Induced Brain Trauma

In the continuing Brain Series, co-host Eric Kandel, MD, examines sports-induced brain trauma, the leading cause of death and disability in young people.

Scientists Prevent Memory Loss in Schizophrenic Mice

Joseph Gogos, MD, PhD, and colleagues prevent memory deficits in mice, eliminating one of schizophrenia's most hard-to-treat symptoms.
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