Brain and Behavior

  • Scientists unveil brain wiring diagram with 200,000 cells and half a billion connections

    Friday, Aug 6, 2021
    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.

  • Projects that blaze new trails in research will receive Dean for Research Innovation funding

    Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021
    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.

  • Acot mixes engineering and neuroscience to better understand head injuries

    Monday, May 10, 2021
    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.

  • Attention and working memory: Two sides of the same neural coin?

    Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021
    by Eoin O’Carroll for the Office of Communications

    In 1890, psychologist William James described attention as the spotlight we shine not only on the world around us, but also on the contents of our minds. Most cognitive scientists since then have drawn a sharp distinction between what James termed “sensorial attention” and “intellectual attention,” now usually called “attention” and “working memory,” but James saw them as two varieties of the same mental process. 

  • Basketball on the brain: Neuroscientists use sports to study surprise

    Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    The gasp of surprise. Fans leap to their feet. Shouts ring out.

    The most exciting moments in sports are often linked to surprise, an unexpected change of circumstances that abruptly shifts the anticipated outcome of the game.

    Princeton neuroscientist James Antony decided to capitalize on these moments to study how human brains process surprise.

  • Princeton study suggests that monkeys, like humans, may have 'self-domesticated'

    Thursday, Oct 15, 2020
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    It’s not a coincidence that dogs are cuter than wolves, or that goats at a petting zoo have shorter horns and friendlier demeanors than their wild ancestors. Scientists call this “domestication syndrome” — the idea that breeding out aggression inadvertently leads to physical changes, including floppier ears, shorter muzzles and snouts, curlier tails, paler fur, smaller brains, and more.

  • Baby and adult brains ‘sync up’ during play, finds Princeton Baby Lab

    Thursday, Jan 9, 2020
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Have you ever played with a baby and felt a sense of connection, even though they couldn’t yet talk to you? New research suggests that you might quite literally be “on the same wavelength,” experiencing similar brain activity in the same brain regions.

  • Schmidt DataX Fund supports research projects that harness data science to speed up discovery

    Monday, Nov 18, 2019
    by Sharon Adarlo, Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

    Nine data-driven research projects have won funding from Princeton University’s Schmidt DataX Fund, which aims to spread and deepen the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning across campus to accelerate discovery.

    In February, the University announced the new fund, which was made possible through a major gift from Schmidt Futures.


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