29 Oct 2020 - 16:23
Often described as aliens, octopuses are one of most unusual creatures on the planet, with three hearts, eight limbs and a keen intelligence. They can open jars, solve puzzles and even escape from...
Type: Press release
18 Sep 2020 - 09:24
Every day, we make hundreds of decisions. While most are small and inconsequential, like choosing what to eat or wear, others are more complex and involve weighing up potential costs and benefits,...
Type: Press release
7 Mar 2019 - 13:16
Your perception of smell, whether you realize it or not, is ever-changing as a result of the brain’s constant tuning efforts. From this moment to the next, your brain is analyzing scents differently...
Type: News Article
29 Jan 2019 - 13:22
For the scientists that study animal behavior, even the simplest roundworm poses huge challenges. The movement of squirming worms, flocking birds and walking humans changes from moment to moment, in...
Type: News Article
1 Jun 2018 - 18:00
Just a little longer. It’s a common experience: hanging on in the hopes that our patience will pay off in the end. From waiting from a restaurant seat to queuing at a theme park, we’re all able to...
Type: Press release
10 May 2018 - 14:45
Changing our behavior based on unexpected cues from our environment is an essential part of survival.  The ability to drop what you’re doing when circumstances demand it could mean the...
Type: News Article
9 Dec 2016 - 09:08
Like humans learning to speak, juvenile birds learn to sing by mimicking vocalizations of adults of the same species during development. Juvenile birds preferentially learn the song of their own...
Type: News Article
11 Mar 2015 - 11:11
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University's Brain Mechanisms for Behaviour Unit have found a surprise upon mapping the precise connectivity inside a brain...
Type: News Article
12 May 2014 - 17:54
A new paper published by OIST’s Neurobiology Research Unit identifies some of the neurons responsible for behavioral decisions in rats.  Using a...
Type: News Article
2 May 2013 - 15:53
As a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen in the UK, Gordon Arbuthnott came across a paper by a group in Sweden that introduced him the world of the dopamine, a neurotransmitter commonly dubbed...
Type: News Article
1 Aug 2012 - 06:00
The ability to forego immediate gratification for the sake of an eventual reward is critical for humans; without it, we easily fall prey to problems like addiction, aggression, and poor performance...
Type: Press release
28 Mar 2012 - 18:46
Jeff Wickens The Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) announced Monday that a team that includes...
Type: Event Report
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