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AutonoMouse: A platform for automating mouse behavioral studies

Behavioral studies are a crucial tool in understanding brain function, allowing experimenters to link the architecture and activity patterns of neural circuits to perception. In the most popular mammalian experimental model - the mouse - a wide array of behavioral techniques have been developed over... click to read more

  • Andrew Erskine | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Francis Crick Institute, Neurophysiology of behavior laboratory, London, UK
Views 482
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 30, 2019
Could new synapses lift spirits?

In her memoir The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, author Mary Cregan reflects on a conversation with a psychiatrist, hours after an attempt on her own life: "Thinking of myself in this interview brings to mind an image: a miner, at the... click to read more

  • Puja Parekh | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brain and Mind Research Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine New York, NY, USA
  • Mitchell Murdock | PhD student at Brain and Mind Research Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine New York, NY, USA
  • Conor Liston | Professor at Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Views 931
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 25, 2019
Haptics and Sight in Action: a new way to grasp the human brain

In everyday life, actions are not only directed toward objects we see but also toward objects we already hold in one hand. For instance, even without vision, we can easily grasp the lid of a marmalade jar, open up a bottle or fill a candy... click to read more

  • Ivan Camponogara | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Robert Volcic | Assistant Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Views 788
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 28, 2019
The happiness chemical that sits on top of our DNA

Sometimes referred to as the happiness chemical, serotonin has a huge role to play in the proper functioning of our bodies. Any imbalance in serotonin levels can lead to all sorts of issues, ranging from intestinal problems to mood changes and depression. In the brain,... click to read more

  • Reinier Prosee | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 851
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 15, 2019
"Peeling back the onion": a multi-layered approach to understand the dynamics of sleep

We now know that a good night's sleep is essential for maintaining optimal brain functioning and health. Many will have experienced the acute detrimental effects of "pulling an all-nighter" on attention and performance, which are usually quickly remedied by sleep. Chronically curtailed or disrupted sleep... click to read more

  • Maxime Jan | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Paul Franken | Professor at Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 1477
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 17, 2019