Methods

Widely used calcium imaging protocol can lead to spurious results, new paper cautions

The technique, which measures calcium currents as a proxy for neuronal firing, sometimes reports unusual and potentially misleading waves of activity in the hippocampus.

By Angie Voyles Askham
19 June 2024 | 0 min watch

Robots boost data consistency in rodent studies reliant on mechanical, optogenetic stimulation

Two new devices take experimenter variation out of the equation, the lead investigators say.

By Calli McMurray
15 May 2024 | 0 min watch
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Synaptic Microphone

Brain connectivity and letting the data speak with Emily Finn

The Dartmouth College researcher talks about her quest to understand behavior and doing neuroscience “in the woods.”

By Brady Huggett
1 May 2024 | 69 min listen
Community Microphone

How to use race and ethnicity data responsibly in neuroscience research

Follow these four tips to avoid using the information in problematic ways, including as a proxy for environmental variables.

By Gina Jiménez
24 April 2024 | 7 min listen
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To improve big data, we need small-scale human imaging studies

By insisting that every brain-behavior association study include hundreds or even thousands of participants, we risk stifling innovation. Smaller studies are essential to test new scanning paradigms.

By Emily S. Finn
15 April 2024 | 7 min read

Unleashing the power of DIY innovation in behavioral neuroscience

Widespread adoption of open-source tools calls for more support and training.

By Alexxai Kravitz, Mark Laubach
2 April 2024 | 0 min watch

Wild and free: Understanding animal behavior beyond the lab

Technological advancements have made it possible to study animals in more natural settings, but researchers are debating what that really means and whether natural is always better.

By Shaena Montanari
20 March 2024 | 8 min listen

Getting musical to spot patterns in whole-brain imaging data: Q&A with Elizabeth Hillman

The new technique takes advantage of humans’ “extraordinary” sensory processing abilities, Hillman says.

By Calli McMurray
21 February 2024 | 0 min watch
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What goes up must come down: New marker flags decreased neural activity

Phosphorylation of the metabolic enzyme pyruvate dehydrogenase inversely correlates with neural activity, offering scientists a tool to study inhibition for the first time.

By Elissa Welle
14 February 2024 | 6 min read
An illustration of mice observing a lesson on a tiny chalkboard

How to teach this paper: ‘Creating a false memory in the hippocampus,’ by Ramirez and Liu et al. (2013)

We’ve known how to implant memories in mouse minds for a decade. Can we implant these ideas in our students?

By Ashley Juavinett
6 February 2024 | 10 min read

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Giant analysis reveals how autism-linked genes affect brain cell types

Genes that predispose people to autism account for a large portion of the neuronal and glial cell changes seen in those with the condition.

By Charles Q. Choi
20 June 2024 | 5 min read
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By Jill Adams
18 June 2024 | 2 min read
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Faked results lead to retraction of high-profile cancer neuroscience study

An investigation found that the experiments required more animals than the scientists had purchased.

By Dalmeet Singh Chawla
18 June 2024 | 4 min read