neuroscience

Stanford Engineering —

Looking to fruit fly to help understand the human brain

With a new genetic tool to study how flies detect scents, Stanford researchers take a step toward developing techniques to repair the faulty wiring behind human brain disorders.

Speaking the brain’s language to treat disease

Brain-machine interfaces now treat neurological disease and change the way people with paralysis interact with the world. Improving those devices depends on getting better at translating the language of the brain.

Psychologists simplifying brain-imaging data analysis

Researchers at the Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience are championing a new way of organizing brain-imaging data that they hope will lead to more transparency, more collaboration and ultimately a better understand of the brain.

U.S. drug policy needs a dose of neuroscience

Legal and illegal drugs are killing more people than AIDS ever did, yet the nation’s drug policies are based on unproven assumptions about addiction. Neuroscience could help shape more effective policies and save lives.

The brain doesn’t navigate quite like a GPS

Neuroscientists’ discovery of grid cells, popularly known as the brain’s GPS, was hailed as a major discovery. But new results suggest the system is more complicated than anyone had guessed.

As Moore’s law ends, brain-like computers begin

Conventional computer chips aren’t up to the challenges posed by next-generation autonomous drones and medical implants. Now, Kwabena Boahen has laid out a way forward, using ideas built in to our brains.