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Illustration of the cerebellum
Infographic: The Cerebellum’s Many Roles Beyond Motor Control
Researchers have discovered that the small structure is involved in language, emotion, and many other high-order brain processes.
Infographic: The Cerebellum’s Many Roles Beyond Motor Control
Infographic: The Cerebellum’s Many Roles Beyond Motor Control

Researchers have discovered that the small structure is involved in language, emotion, and many other high-order brain processes.

Researchers have discovered that the small structure is involved in language, emotion, and many other high-order brain processes.

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Archerfish in the deep transparent water.
Archerfish Defy Notion that Complex Vision Requires a Cortex
Amanda Heidt | Jun 1, 2022 | 5 min read
The fish species is separated from mammals by hundreds of millions of years of evolution, yet its seemingly primitive brain can handle many of the same elaborate visual tasks.
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Eight Weeks of Meditation Doesn’t Change the Brain, Study Finds
Natalia Mesa, PhD | May 20, 2022 | 4 min read
Study finds that, contrary to what other research has found, a popular meditation course does not appear to alter brain structure.
Capturing Brain Complexity in Assembloids 
Capturing Brain Complexity in Assembloids
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
In this webinar, Jimena Andersen and Jens Schwamborn will describe the next-generation brain organoids that combine multiple brain regions and cell types in 3D cultures.
wire-frame illustration of a human brain
Hermunculus Situates Female Genital Sensation in the Cortex
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Dec 23, 2021 | 4 min read
Researchers also find that the thickness of the brain region representing clitoral stimulation is associated with intercourse frequency.
Immune Cell and Its Cytokine Control Exploratory Behavior in Mice
Ashley Yeager | Sep 14, 2020 | 5 min read
Gamma delta T cells in the meninges of the brain release a cell signaling molecule that does more than protect mice from microbial pathogens.
Single-Cell Analysis of Ovarian Cortex Fails to Find Stem Cells
Amy Schleunes | Mar 6, 2020 | 5 min read
The controversial oogonial stem cells eluded a team of Swedish researchers who mapped high-quality tissue samples of the human ovary, prompting more questions about the cells’ existence.  
Human Cortical Organoids Model Neuronal Networks
Abby Olena, PhD | Aug 29, 2019 | 4 min read
After growing in culture for a few months, the mini-brains produced rhythmic neural activity that strengthened over time.
A section of a mouse piriform cortex, a layered structure important for smell processing
Image of the Day: Smell Circuits
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 24, 2019 | 1 min read
The brain wiring behind scent processing seems to scale across mammalian species.
Brain Surface Area Reveals Overlap in Genes, Intelligence, Evolution
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 4, 2019 | 5 min read
An analysis of the contours of more than 600 kids’ brains points to links between cerebral surface area and heritability in regions of the brain important in cognition.  
Revealed: New Cortical Neuron Types
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 31, 2018 | 2 min read
A pair of mouse studies describes neuronal subpopulations not identified before and some of their functions.
Self-Control Center in the Brain Linked to Weight Loss
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 18, 2018 | 2 min read
Activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex was the best correlate of weight loss in a study of people on a restricted-calorie diet.
Both Sides of the Brain Are Active During One-Sided Arm Movement
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 8, 2018 | 4 min read
Researchers directly recorded neural activity in both sides of the brain’s cortex during the movement of only one arm in humans.
Image of the Day: Scatterbrain
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 2, 2018 | 1 min read
Distributed neuronal networks help the brain sort smells.
Image of the Day: Hide and Seek
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 26, 2018 | 1 min read
Neurons of the embryonic subplate don’t die as scientists had thought.
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Abby Olena, PhD | May 31, 2018 | 5 min read
Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.
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. 
Are the Brains of Transgender People Different from Those of Cisgender People?
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2018 | 10+ min read
Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.
Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender
Shawna Williams | Feb 28, 2018 | 1 min read
Brain studies have yielded a mixed picture of the neural similarities and differences between people of different genders.
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2017 | 2 min read
The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.
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