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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.
New technology will allow scientists to uncover what happens in the brain during the early stages of Parkinson's disease, which could lead to earlier diagnosis and better therapies for the disease.
A new preclinical study provides the first direct evidence that loss of a placental hormone during pregnancy alters long-term brain development, causing autism-like behaviors in male offspring.
Even though bird brains look very different from ours, a Columbia study of birds is providing evidence that both work in the same way when storing spatial memories.
- November 5, 2018
When choosing a candidate to vote for, your brain secretly does math.
- October 24, 2018
Columbia neuroscientists show how a bone hormone acts in the brains of mice to improve memory, and how aging sabotages the process.
- October 17, 2018
Columbia researchers are using cryo-electron microscopy to examine the tau proteins that pile up in the brains of people with Alzheimer's and gain new insights into how tau drives disease progression.
- October 2, 2018
A new mouse study from Columbia neuroscientists suggests that activity, not rest, speeds recovery after brain injury.
- September 10, 2018
Research from Columbia neuroscientists shows that a previously held bias can be set aside so that the brain can apply logical, mathematical reasoning to the decision at hand.
- August 21, 2018
A Mailman study of more than 1 million pregnancies in Finland reports that prenatal exposure to elevated levels of DDT is associated with an increased risk for autism.
- August 2, 2018
A new clinical trial suggests that donepezil does not improve cognitive performance in people with mild cognitive impairment who also have clinical depression.