7 Mar 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jeff Wickens The Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) announced Monday that a team that includes...
Type: Event Report
12 Jan 2011
  Brain mechanism for regulation of patience — Activation of dorsal raphe serotonin neurons facilitates waiting behavior for delayed rewards —   Okinawa, Japan, January 12,...
Type: Press release
10 Jun 2010
Dr. Takuya Hikima of the Brain Mechanism for Behaviour Unit received a JPS Award for Outstanding Papers for his paper published in Journal of Physiological Sciences. Dr. Hikima,...
Type: News Article
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