learning
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Shawna Williams | Dec 18, 2017
Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.
Image of the Day: Fear Center
Image of the Day: Fear Center
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 26, 2017
A set of neurons in the brain’s central amygdala plays a key role in forming memories of aversive experiences, scientists find in mice.  
Image of the Day: Everybody Needs a Friend
Image of the Day: Everybody Needs a Friend
The Scientist Staff | Aug 10, 2017
The protein encoded by the gene that causes Fragile X in humans partners with another protein, dNab2, to alter gene expression in fruit fly neurons.
The Sleeping Brain Can Learn
The Sleeping Brain Can Learn
Diana Kwon | Aug 8, 2017
Humans can remember new sensory information presented during REM sleep, but this ability is suppressed during deep, slow-wave slumber.
Study: Eating Less Helps Worms Learn
Study: Eating Less Helps Worms Learn
Aggie Mika | Aug 2, 2017
Food restriction decreases a metabolite that impedes associative learning in worms. 
The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct
The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct
Becca Cudmore | Jul 17, 2017
Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?
Image of the Day: Memory Maker
Image of the Day: Memory Maker
The Scientist Staff | Jun 2, 2017
The enzyme acetyl-CoA synthetase 2 turns on memory-building genes within the nuclei of hippocampal neurons. 
Infographic: Plastics’ Effects
Infographic: Plastics’ Effects
Ee Ling Ng | May 31, 2017
Lab studies suggest that plastic pollutants in the environment could have detrimental effects on animals’ physiology.
Entire Fruit Fly Brain Imaged with Electron Microscopy
Entire Fruit Fly Brain Imaged with Electron Microscopy
Ashley Yeager | May 31, 2017
Synaptic connections and a new neuron type emerge in high-res images, which hold promise for mapping the complete connectome.
Image of the Day: Missing Pieces
Image of the Day: Missing Pieces
The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2017
Researchers made a 3-D reconstruction of one of neurobiology's most famous brains—that of Henry Gustav Molaison (HM).