Some Recent Publications

Topics range from plasticity in GABA circuits to how worms eat.

Neuropeptidergic signaling partitions arousal behaviors in zebrafish

Woods IG, Schoppik D, Shi VJ, Zimmerman S, Coleman HA, Greenwood J, Soucy ER, Schier AF.

Bidirectional thermotaxis in Caenorhabditis elegans is mediated by distinct sensorimotor strategies driven by the AFD thermosensory neurons.

Luo L, Cook N, Venkatachalam V, Martinez-Velazquez LA, Zhang X, Calvo AC, Hawk J, Macinnis BL, Frank M, Ng JH, Klein M, Gershow M, Hammarlund M, Goodman MB, Colón-Ramos DA, Zhang Y, Samuel AD.

Neural dynamics underlying target detection in the human brain.

Bansal AK, Madhavan R, Agam Y, Golby A, Madsen JR, Kreiman G.

Upcoming Events


Parallel basal ganglia mechanisms for choosing good objects

Okihide Hikosaka (NIH)
Tue 29 Apr 1:00pm - NW 243

The role of habenula in dopamine reward prediction errors

Ju Tian (Uchida Lab)
Wed 30 Apr 1:00pm - NW 243
Thursday Seminar Series

Bending the mind of the fruit fly

Scott Waddell (Oxford)
Thu 1 May noon - NW B103

Neural mechanisms of auditory perception and emotional learning

Maria Geffen (UPenn)
Tue 6 May 1:00pm - NW 243

Regulation of sleep and arousal

Dragana Rogulja (HMS Neurobiology)
Wed 7 May 1:00pm - NW 243
Special Seminar

The dopamine reward signal

Wolfram Schultz (University of Cambridge)
Thu 8 May 3:00pm - BioLabs Lecture Hall


Rich Mooney (Duke)
Tue 13 May 1:00pm - NW 243


Max Joesch (Meister Lab)
Wed 14 May 1:00pm - NW 243


Albert Lee (Janelia Farm)
Tue 20 May 1:00pm - NW 243

What We Do

Researchers in the Center for Brain Science (CBS) are discovering the structure and function of neural circuits. We are investigating how these circuits govern behavior and vary between individuals; learning how they change during development and aging; and deepening our understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders, and their therapies. To accomplish this mission, CBS brings neuroscientists together with physical scientists and engineers to develop and deploy new tools for neuroscience. Headquartered in the new Northwest Building on Oxford Street in Cambridge, CBS has strong links throughout the neuroscience community at Harvard University. Members are drawn from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Medical School, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals.

Neuroengineering: what tools we need

Neuroimaging: what underlies our thoughts

Light Microscopy: what the brain looks like 

Electron Microscopy: what is the brain's nanostructure

Connectome Project: how the brain is wired

Swartz Program: how do we understand brain function

Education: what training we need