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Microscope image of interconnected neurons, which appear as colorful starbursts of light.
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”
The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”

The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.

The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.

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Photo of newborn mouse pups
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Ruth Williams | Jul 22, 2021 | 3 min read
Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.
Artificial Neurons Fire in Life-Like Patterns
Ashley Yeager | Dec 4, 2019 | 2 min read
The silicon chips receive and send electrical signals, recreating activity from neurons in the rat brain that play a role in breathing and thinking.
Brain Rhythms Guide How Humans Pay Attention
Phil Jaekl | Dec 1, 2018 | 4 min read
A perception of sustained focus may actually be the result of cycles of fluctuating rather than continuous neural activity, according to new behavioral and neurological data from studies in humans and macaques.
Infographic: Exercise’s Effects on the Brain
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2018 | 1 min read
Identifying the molecular interactions that occur all over the body during exercise could reveal how it affects learning and memory.
Infographic: What Makes a Brain Smart?
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists have proposed a variety of features that influence one’s ability to remember things and solve problems.
How Exercise Reprograms the Brain
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2018 | 10 min read
As researchers unravel the molecular machinery that links exercise and cognition, working out is emerging as a promising neurotherapy.
The Biological Roots of Intelligence
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2018 | 10+ min read
Imaging, behavioral, and genetic data yield clues to what’s behind effective thinking.
Stressed Rodents Make Different Choices
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Chronic stress tweaks a circuit in the brain that influences how lab rodents make tough decisions. 
Image of the Day: Hippocampal Jalapeno
The Scientist Staff | Aug 30, 2017 | 1 min read
To tease apart brain regions involved in forming versus remembering memories, scientists engineered mice whose brain cells could be manipulated and tagged.
Singing In the Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2017 | 9 min read
His first love was dance, but Erich Jarvis has long courted another love—understanding how the brain learns vocalization.
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