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Just a single type of neuron controls the complex patterns of walking, a surprising finding that may lead to new therapeutic approaches for people with spinal cord injuries.
A study in mice that sheds light on how the brain remembers key details could one day help treat disorders impacting memory.
A new theory explains how the brain creates and recalls motor memories and could lead to better physical therapies to help people with injuries use their bodies again.
The answer may lie in a gene only present in humans. When expressed in mice, the gene increases the number of connections in the brain and improves the ability to learn complex tasks.
- January 14, 2020
Prenatal exposure to PDBEs—compounds previously used as flame retardants—may increase the risk of reading problems in children, a new study from Columbia University has found.
- January 9, 2020
The way electric fish locate their prey reveals how brain circuits can process information and learn at the same time, a feat that is still difficult for computers to accomplish.
- October 29, 2019
A new Columbia University study has found that performing well on two brief tests of cognitive ability and odor identification indicates very low risk for developing Alzheimer’s.
- October 11, 2019
A drug can restore working memory in adult mice that have a gene that causes schizophrenia, challenging the belief that memory issues in people with schizophrenia cannot be repaired.
- September 30, 2019
Scientists are peering into living creatures to see hearts beating and neurons firing with a new version of SCAPE, a revolutionary technique developed by Columbia bioengineer Elizabeth Hillman.
- July 16, 2019
Columbia University biomedical scientists are part of an ambitious worldwide project to identify and map all the cells in the human body, with a special focus on the spinal cord.
- May 30, 2019
When we spot new objects, our brains have a remarkable ability to predict how they will feel with surprisingly little information, a new study has found.
- May 13, 2019
Though few in number, neurons that are created in the brain during adulthood have an outsized impact on mood and memory because of their unparalleled networking and communication abilities.