Brain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choices

People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research led by Amitai Shenhav, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University. Full Story.

Class Day 2014

On June 2nd the Neuroscience Institute celebrated the accomplishments of the graduating seniors in the Neuroscience Certificate Program. This year we had 43 students from various majors receive the certificate.

John Brinster, Class of 1943, Senior Thesis Prize

Stephanie Yayoi Teramoto Kimura

lana Witten receives a 2014 McKnight Scholar Award

Ilana Witten, an assistant professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, was awarded a 2014 McKnight Scholars Award for her proposal entitled "Deconstructing Working Memory: Dopamine Neurons and Their Target Circuits".

How to Think About the Risk of Autism by Sam Wang

A STUDY published last week found that the brains of autistic children show abnormalities that are likely to have arisen before birth, which is consistent with a large body of previous evidence. Yet most media coverage focuses on vaccines, which do not cause autism and are given after birth. How can we help people separate real risks from false rumors? Full Story.

What singing fruit flies can tell us about quick decisions

You wouldn't hear the mating song of the male fruit fly as you reached for the infested bananas in your kitchen. Yet, the neural activity behind the insect's amorous call could help scientists understand how you made the quick decision to pull your hand back from the tiny swarm.

Graduate Student Cristina Domnisoru to be honored for Jacobus Fellowship

Cristina Domnisoru, a neuroscience graduate student in David Tank's laboratory and recipient of Princeton's prestigious Jacobus Fellowship, will be honored at an Awards Ceremony during Princeton University's Alumni Day 2014.  The Porter Ogden Jacobus fellowship is the highest academic honor bestowed upon a graduate student, awarded annually to only four graduate students displaying the highest scholarly excellence in their graduate work.

Unpacking the toolkit of human consciousness

No matter how different they seem — the learned and contemplative neuroscientist versus the toy orangutan with a penchant for off-color jokes — almost any adult who experiences them knows that Princeton University professor Michael Graziano is the voice behind his simian puppet Kevin. Full Story

George F. Will: Obama’s brainy idea

Fifty years from now, when Malia and Sasha are grandmothers, their father’s presidency might seem most consequential because of a small sum — $100 million — devoted to studying something small. “As humans,”

PNI graduate students awarded prestigious 3-year Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowships

Ann Duan is a third-year student conducting research in Carlos Brody's laboratory, investigating the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive control and rule-switching. Yao Lu is a second-year student conducting research in David Tank's laboratory, using multimodal (olfactory and visual) stimuli to investigate how neural activity sequences are affected by learning and task manipulations.


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