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This is the first time the precise brain cells and their connections controlling a complex behavior have been worked out. 

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Primate Brains Made to See Old Objects as New Again

By Abby Olena | August 17, 2017

Optogenetic stimulation of the perirhinal cortex can cause macaques to process never-before seen-objects as familiar and known objects as brand new.

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Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 13, 2017

Using machine learning, researchers have created extensive maps of the neuronal circuits associated with social and locomotion behaviors in the fruit fly. 

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Neural Network Found That Helps Control Breathing

By Catherine Offord | November 1, 2016

The results suggest that breathing is orchestrated by three—rather than two—excitatory circuits in the medulla.

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Another Neural Circuit that Controls Breathing Found

By Catherine Offord | November 1, 2016

This third excitatory network helps to regulate postinspiration.

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image: Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 1, 2016

The UCLA neurobiologist uses computational modeling, in vitro electrophysiology, and human psychophysics experiments to explore how neurons and the brain as a whole perceive and respond to time.

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Stimulating Novel Neural Circuits in the Mouse Brain

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 11, 2016

With light, researchers can coax a group of neurons in the visual cortices of living mice to fire in concert.

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Characterizing Sleep

By James M. Krueger and Sandip Roy | March 1, 2016

Sleep-like patterns of neural activity are apparent not just at the level of the whole brain, but also in isolated neural circuits.

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Sleep’s Kernel

By James M. Krueger and Sandip Roy | March 1, 2016

Surprisingly small sections of brain, and even neuronal and glial networks in a dish, display many electrical indicators of sleep.

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Circuit Dynamo

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 1, 2015

Eve Marder’s quest to understand neurotransmitter signaling is more than 40 years old and still going strong.

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