Brain and Behavior

Visiting officials observe Princeton’s neuroscience advances
June 7, 2024
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

John Ngai, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s BRAIN Initiative, and U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman visited in May with Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) researchers to discuss recent advances toward understanding the fundamental workings of the brain.

Ngai and Watson Coleman toured several major research…

How fruit flies see love: An AI model of the male’s visual neurons during courtship
May 23, 2024
Written by Payel Chatterjee for the Princeton Neuroscience Institute

For fruit flies, love is not blind. During courtship, a male fruit fly relies on his sense of vision to pursue a female fruit fly—if she is far away, he will speed up; if she is to the left, he will turn left; if she is close, he will serenade her with a complex acoustic signal generated by vibrating his wings. But how does the visual…

AI at Princeton: Pushing limits, accelerating discovery and serving humanity
March 18, 2024
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

At Princeton, interdisciplinary collaborations of researchers are using artificial intelligence to accelerate discovery across the University in fields ranging from neuroscience to Near Eastern studies.

Princeton experts are also pushing the limits of AI technology to make it more accurate and efficient, to…

Unraveling the mysteries of the brain with the help of a worm
Nov. 2, 2023
Written by Tom Garlinghouse for the Department of Physics

Research conducted at Princeton in worms has provided thus far the most comprehensive description of how signals flow through the brain. The findings could provide new information that help advance our understanding of how neurons work together as interacting components to process information.

Can resilience be learned?
Oct. 19, 2022
Written by Allison Gasparini for the Office of the Dean for Research

A study by Princeton researchers finds that mice that resist aggression from larger mice can become resilient and less prone to depression-like symptoms. Activating the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain while the mice fought back led to further resilience.

Bumblebees kept in isolation make up for it by being more social later
July 6, 2022
Written by Alaina O'Regan, Office of the Dean for Research

A new study shows that social isolation changes the behavior and brain development of bumblebees, but not in the way researchers expected.

The study explored how bumblebees, which depend largely on their social instincts for survival, were impacted by being socially isolated during a key developmental period.

The researchers…

DataX is funding eight new AI research projects across disciplines
April 4, 2022
Written by Sharon Adarlo, Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

Eight new interdisciplinary research projects have won seed funding from Princeton University’s Schmidt DataX Fund, marking the third round of grants undertaken by the fund since 2019. The fund, supported…

Scientists unveil brain wiring diagram with 200,000 cells and half a billion connections
Aug. 6, 2021
Written by The Office of Communications

Neuroscientists and computer scientists from Princeton University, the Allen Institute and Baylor College of Medicine have just released a collection of data that marries a 3-D wiring diagram with the function of tens of thousands of neurons to create the most detailed examination of mammalian brain circuitry to date.

“Our five-year…

Projects that blaze new trails in research will receive Dean for Research Innovation funding
July 21, 2021
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Nine exploratory projects, from an effort to exploit inter-microbial warfare in the search for new antibiotics to the development of artificial intelligence for the transcription of ancient documents, have been selected to receive support through the Dean for Research Innovation Funds.

The new initiatives, spanning…

Acot mixes engineering and neuroscience to better understand head injuries
May 10, 2021
Written by Sharon Waters for the Office of Engineering Communications

Gabbie Acot started off on a pre-med track at Princeton before broadening her studies to include structural engineering and then neuroscience. Her senior thesis project brought together all of these interests, combining video analysis, neuroimaging and numerical modeling to perform a forensic reconstruction of college football head impacts.