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Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans

By Jef Akst | September 27, 2017

The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.

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Infection During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Mouse Model

By Kerry Grens | September 13, 2017

Bacterial strains in mice’s gut microbiomes mediated their pups’ risk for developing abnormal behaviors.

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Image of the Day: Cortical Lightning Storm

By The Scientist Staff | July 18, 2017

Neurons in a mouse model of autism consistently fire in response to whisker agitation.

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Long-Term Memory Storage Begins Immediately

By Kerry Grens | June 1, 2017

In mice, cells in the prefrontal cortex—where memories are maintained long-term—start to encode a fearful experience right from the start.

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Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Reveals Neuronal Diversity

By Catherine Offord | June 23, 2016

Using a new approach to analyze the transcriptomes of thousands of individual cell nuclei in postmortem brains, researchers identify multiple neuronal subtypes.

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Pioneering Neuroscientist Dies

By Kerry Grens | January 19, 2015

Vernon Mountcastle, who mapped the functional landscape of the neocortex, passed away at age 96.

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Neuronal Disorganization in Autism

By Kerry Grens | March 27, 2014

Study finds abnormal cellular layering within the brains of children with autism, pointing to inappropriate development prenatally.  

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New Cortical Connectome Online

By Kerry Grens | February 27, 2014

Researchers offer a freely available map of the connections throughout the mouse cortex.  

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Male and Female Brains Wired Differently

By Bob Grant | December 4, 2013

The brains of men contain stronger front-to-rear connections while those of women are better connected from left to right.

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