William Bialek, the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics and the Lewis Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has received the Society for Neuroscience's Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.
After three and a half years, construction is nearly complete on the two linked buildings for the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) and Peretsman-Scully Hall, the new home of the psychology department, with move-in to be completed in January.
Michael Yartsev, PNI Starr Fellow, wins two prestigious prizes: SFN's 2013 Lindsley Prize, and Science Magazine's 2013 Eppendorf prize
Dr. Michael Yartsev, a PNI Starr Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brody lab, has recently been awarded two prizes, SFN's 2013 Donald B. Lindley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience, and Science Magazine's 2013 Eppendorf Prize in Neurobiology.
Princeton University neuroscientists are poised to play a leading role in revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain as outlined in President Barack Obama's BRAIN Initiative.
Making decisions involves a gradual accumulation of facts that support one choice or another. A person choosing a college might weigh factors such as course selection, institutional reputation and the quality of future job prospects.
What are MHC class I proteins (here in green), which are famous for their role in the immune system, doing in newly-born neurons (purple) in the prenatal brain, well before the maturation of the immune response? Hints at as-yet-unknown functions for these immune proteins in the earliest stages of brain development.
Our experience of the world seems to divide naturally into discrete, temporally extended events, yet the mechanisms underlying the learning and identification of events are poorly understood. Research on event perception has focused on transient elevations in predictive uncertainty or surprise as the primary signal driving event segmentation.
The study, published in the journal Nature, indicates that certain position-tracking neurons — called grid cells — ramp their activity up and down by working together in a collective way to determine location, rather than each cell acting on its own as was proposed by a competing theory.
Humans are adept at setting goals and updating them as new situations arise — for example, a person who is playing a video game may switch to a new goal when their phone rings.