Knowing Neurons

SfN 2014

Brain BasicsBrain DevelopmentDid You Know?SfN 2014

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Neural Stem Cells

Stem cells have two characteristic and essential properties: Self-renewal. They can divide to give rise to another stem cell. Potency. They are capable of differentiating into specialized cells.… Read More
MovementNeuro NewsSfN 2014

Smooth Move: How GABAergic Interneurons Regulate Skilled Motor Behavior

In early 2014, the American free-solo rock climber Alex Honnold climbed 2,500 feet of limestone without ropes.  The demanding route called El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico required… Read More
Did You Know?InterviewsSensation and PerceptionSfN 2014

Science with a Touch of Art: A Conversation with David Ginty

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Brain BasicsDid You Know?Popular ArticlesSfN 2014

Inhibitory Neurons: Keeping the Brain’s Traffic in Check

Imagine that you’re driving down a road undeterred, no red lights or stop signs to slow you down. While that may seem like a very exciting idea, it is obviously… Read More
Brain BasicsBrain DevelopmentInterviewsSfN 2014

Science Fiction, Serendipity and Interneuron Specification: A Conversation with Dr. Gordon J. Fishell

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/175092412″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] It is easy to assume that if a car has a gas pedal, it needs to have brakes, and similarly, if our brain… Read More
Brain BasicsDid You Know?Popular ArticlesSfN 2014

Hubel and Wiesel & the Neural Basis of Visual Perception

Snap!  Crackle!  Pop! Those are the sounds that Professors David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel heard in the early 1950s when they recorded from neurons in the visual cortex of a… Read More
Did You Know?InterviewsSensation and PerceptionSfN 2014

Understanding the Visual System: A Conversation with Botond Roska

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174013562″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] When we see the world, there is a huge amount of processing that occurs in the neural circuits of the retina, thalamus, and… Read More
Did You Know?InterviewsSfN 2014

From Stevens to Synapses: A Conversation with Kelsey Martin

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/173263228″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Take your wildest guess.  How many neurons make up the human brain?  You’re not guessing wild enough if you said anything less than… Read More
Brain BasicsDid You Know?Neuro NewsSfN 2014

Getting Technical: Methods in Neuroscience

It is an exciting time for neuroscience. The BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) is in the spotlight as a part of the new Presidential focus and recently… Read More