Emotion in stories gets our attention—and attention affects our memories


When people are paying attention to the same narrative (like a TV show) in real time but not forcing themselves to focus, their brains may become similar—as if synchronized—according to new research from the Rosenberg Lab at the University of Chicago.

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Professor Yamuna Krishnan Named 2020 AAAS Fellow


Professor Yamuna Krishnan was named a 2020 AAAS Fellow. Yamuna Krishnan, Professor of Chemistry, is a groundbreaking chemist who crafts tiny “machines” out of DNA that can be used to monitor and explore how cells work at the microscopic level. She was recognized for “the development of DNA-based fluorescent reporters and quantitative imaging of the ionic and chemical contents of sub-cellular organelles in live cells and animals.”

The "parents" that develop neurons and maintain them through life



Proteins active in a neuron’s development can have powerful roles in its maintenance later: a “temporal modularity,” where proteins take on multiple roles at different times in a cell’s life.

Developing knowledge that improves lives for all


Proactively increasing opportunities at the highest levels for women in science can unleash new reservoirs of human capital—and improve progress in many fields.

According to the CDC, the leading cause of death for women in the US—killing about one in every five—is heart disease.

Detecting changes in visual stimuli depends on increases in cortical spiking


How do our brains translate the signals of millions of neurons into meaningful perceptions of our environment and help guide our behavior? Attempting to answer this question is no small task, but understanding the connection between spiking neurons and our behavior will not only provide insights into the human brain but also will be the key for developing new and innovative neuroprosthetic devices.

How Is A Mouse Like A Person?

Can mice be effective models for autism? Maybe in some unexpected ways.

As much as that sounds like a riddle, mice and humans are actually far more alike than you might think. In fact, many of the genes found in humans have functional counterparts in mice. For medical research, this similarity is very useful: scientists can use specific genetic variants of mice, known as models, to better understand human diseases and conditions.

BSD specific guidance on COVID-19


The health, safety and well-being of our BSD community, on and off-campus, is our top priority. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed. Information on BSD-specific resources can be found here. Also please continue to consult the University and University of Chicago Medicine guidance as appropriate.

AI studies reveal inner workings of short-term memory


Professor David Freedman, computational neuroscience program chair, was senior author on this study on short-term memory published in Nature Neuroscience.

How do you measure the sense of touch?


CNS faculty member, Associate Professor Sliman Bensmaia, and postdoctoral scholar Justin Lieber describe their research in the somatosensory lab, where a rotating drum can measure how 60 different textures feel against the skin.

$3.4 million grant to support development of brain-controlled prosthetic limbs


A team of researchers at the University of Chicago has received a $3.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funding will help the team develop robotic arms patients can control with their minds that receive sensory feedback from attached prosthetic hands.