Dopamine conducts special ensembles

A new study reports novel ways that dopamine cells influence the function of the prefrontal cortex of the brain.  Anyone who has savored a bite of chocolate or glanced at each new blinking...

Anita Randolph, Ph.D., wants to improve the quality of life for veterans after active duty.

The brain: Trauma, addiction and health disparities

Anita Randolph, Ph.D., wants to improve the quality of life for veterans after active duty. As a doctoral student, she made a major discovery about brain damage in people who’ve suffered...

Claudio Mello, Ph.D., a professor of behavioral neuroscience

Hummingbird’s call provides new insight about vocal learning

A team led by Claudio Mello, M.D., Ph.D., has made a discovery that may provide insight about the mechanism that enables people to master hearing and speech: A hummingbird with a call well above the...

Sami Friedrich, a crab, and the Oregon Coast

Birds, song, and how we use language

Sami Friedrich starts her days checking for zebra finch eggs and hatchlings. She is a graduate student in the lab of Claudio Mello, M.D., Ph.D., working to understand the molecular genetic and...

Wandering minds and ADHD: Brittany Alperin unpacks the relationship

How the mind wanders in people with ADHD and how mind wandering is related to impairment — this is the focus of Brittany Alperin’s research. Brittany is a Ph.D. candidate mentored by Joel...