neurobiology

Anti-anxiety medication limits empathetic behavior in rats

June 27, 2016

UChicago neuroscientist Peggy Mason studies empathy--specifically how rats (and presumably other mammals like humans) show empathy toward each other. But in a new study, rats that were given anti-anxiety medications didn't free a companion in distress, showing that they have to be able to feel the anxiety of their fellow rats to help out. [Read More]

Window to the brain

May 11, 2016

In a story that will be appearing in the Spring issue of Medicine on the Midway, we take a look at the work of two of UChicago's brightest young neuroscientists, who use the visual system as a window to the brain. By understanding the activity of individual neurons and neural circuits involved in vision, they aim to unlock the biology of not just how we see, but how we think, how we remember, how we learn, how we make decisions and more. [Read More]

Neuroscience 2015, and a window into the brain

October 16, 2015

This weekend marks the start of Neuroscience 2015, the annual mega-conference of the Society for Neuroscience. For a deeper look at how some UChicago neuroscientists are working to decipher the brain, ScienceLife presents the second part of a story excerpted from the spring issue of Medicine on the Midway: A window into the brain. [Read More]

Octopus genome sequenced

August 12, 2015

The first whole genome analysis of an octopus has been completed by an international team of scientist led by Clifton Ragsdale, associate professor of neurobiology and organismal biology and anatomy. Their findings reveal the unique genomic features that likely played a role in the evolution of octopus traits such as large complex nervous systems and adaptive camouflage. [Read More]

Brain Teasers: Cracking the mind’s toughest riddles [video]

May 1, 2015

How can we instill robotic arms with a sense of touch? What causes us to choke under pressure? How can a misfolded protein cause so much harm to our brains? And is empathy something shared across species, not just humans? Speaking to a packed crowd at the Logan Center on April 1st, neuroscientists from the University of Chicago discussed these questions and more in a series of TED-style talks. [Read More]
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