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Alberto Salleo, associate professor of materials science and engineering, with graduate student Scott Keene characterizing the electrochemical properties of an artificial synapse for neural...

L.A. Cicero

Nicholas Melosh, associate professor of materials science and engineering, developed a new, non-destructive system for sampling cells with nanoscale straws. The system could help uncover mysteries...

L.A. Cicero

A man who is paralyzed was able to type with 95% accuracy by imagining that he was handwriting letters on a sheet of paper, a team reported in the journal Nature.

Library/Pasieka/Getty Images
1604 Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Paul Yock

Paul Yock is being honored for his work in founding and directing Stanford Biodesign, which is dedicated to aspiring innovators who want to design and develop medical devices.   

Norbert von der Groeben

Top: Acts of aggression can result in lethal injuries in the socially living rhesus macaque monkeys. Unnecessary violence can be avoided by establishing strict dominance hierarchies in...

Photo by Kevin Rosenfield and Dr. Alexander Georgiev

Sometimes we cultivate ambivalence as a form of self-protection.


Reuters/Paul Hanna
1607 Spooky Pooka, Wellcome Images
1608 Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Stanford Engineering, Jeremy Bailenson

Could VR’s new age elevate the practical application of the technology?

Stocksy/Brian Powell

Multitasking might seem like a clever way to get a grip on an out-of-control to-do list, but research shows that’s not such a great plan.

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1610 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, GSE (Illustration: kowalska-art / Getty Images)
1611 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute building

The Stanford ChEM-H Building on the left and the Stanford Neurosciences Building on the right will provide resources for the entire university community.

(Image credit: Farrin Abbott)

People tend to engage in unpleasant but necessary activities – doing taxes, paying bills or housework – when they are in a good mood. A Stanford psychologist says making this trade-off of short-...

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New insights into the limits of perception and could aid in the design of so-called neuroprosthetics – devices that enable people to regain some lost sensory capabilities. 

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Robert Sapolsky

(Image credit: L.A. Cicero)
1615 Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Danielle Katz

Danielle Katz hangs her cross country uniform on the drying rack she designed in her mechanical engineering class. 

(Image credit: L.A. Cicero)
1616 Amit Etkin

Amit Etkin

(Photo: Courtesy of Alto Neuroscience)
1617 Poison frogs, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute A Climbing Mantella tadpole with a recently laid unfertilized egg. Image credit: Alexandre Roland
1618 Lithium batteries safe, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute A new coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long lasting, a boon for development of next-generation electric vehicles. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Stanford researchers found that when a brain circuit in mice was suppressed, the mice built nests and went to sleep.

Ada Eban-Rothschild

Bioengineers can deliver messages that instruct the body’s biochemical machinery to do things like regenerate neurons.

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Stanford researchers have shown that children who engage in frequent conversation with their parents get a head start on the language skills they'll use in school.

Alan Bailey/Shutterstock

Men being treated with prostate cancer therapies that reduce their testosterone levels are at greater risk of developing dementia within five years, a new study shows.

Alexander Raths/Shutterstock
1623 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Lisa Giocomo Alfred Pasieka-Science Photo Library
1624 Brain Image Alina Grubnyak
1625 Allan Reiss, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Allan Reiss

Research led by Stanford Professor Jennifer Aaker indicates that making good choices often depends on knowing the difference between happiness and meaningfulness.


A new study from the School of Medicine shows that there are gender differences in the behaviors displayed by children with autism.

1628 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Guosong Hong

Guosong Hong

Amanda Law
1629 Scott Delp standing next to a railing at the new Neurosciences Building

Scott Delp will lead the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance. 

Andrew Brodhead
1630 Purkinje cells

A normal Purkinje brain cell (top) and a Purkinje cell with a GluD2 gene mutation (bottom) that affects the ability to make early synaptic connections with neighbors.

Andrew Shuster
1631 Woman hugging her knees Andrii
1632 Earth Brain

Mother nature drops human babies into the world uniquely “un-programmed” according to Stanford neuroscientist, David Eagleman.

Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images
1633 Angela Drurey

Margaret Levi

Anna Ileby, ©Skytte Foundation
1635 Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Graduate School of Education, Jelena Obradovic

“We don’t have to wrap our kids in bubble wrap,” says GSE professor Jelena Obradović. 

Anna Isaeva/Getty Images

An umpire's call can be swayed by the magnitude of the stakes involved, according to research by Stanford GSB PhD students Etan Green and David P. Daniels

AP photo by Mark Duncan

Stanford engineers can already power this prototype medical implant chip without wires by using ultrasound. Now they want to make it much smaller.

Arbabian Lab / Stanford School of Engineering
1638 Stanford Neurosciences Institute, GSB


Guilt motivates best when it's self-inflicted. |



Archive Timothy McCarthy / Art Resource, NY. Caption: Cain After Having Killed His Brother Abel. Vidal Henri, 1896

Oligodendrocytes, in blue, play a crucial role enabling fast, efficient electrical signaling between neurons (yellow) by wrapping nerve fibers with insulating myelin. Like other non-neuronal brain...

Artwork by Holly Fischer
1640 Assembloids forming Assembloids form when organoids unite, giving scientists insight into how various brain parts communicate with each other and other organs. Shown here is a cortico-striatal assembloid. (Photograph by Y. Miura, Sergiu Pasca’s Lab, Stanford University)
1641 Atossa Shaltouki, PhD

This mouse's own body transmits energy to an implantable device that delivers light to stimulate leg nerves in a Stanford optogenetics project.

Austin Yee

A batteryless electrostimulator next to medicinal pills for size comparison. The new powering method allows the device to be wirelessly powered deep inside the body.

Austin Yee
1644 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Retreat Avery Krieger
1645 Stanford Neurosciences Institute, NeuWrite West Avery Krieger
1646 Marion Buckwalter Avery Krieger
1647 Surya Ganguli Avery Krieger
1648 Tirin Moore Avery Krieger
1649 Thomas Südhof Avery Krieger
1650 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, 2020 Retreat Avery Krieger
1651 Rosa Cao, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Avery Krieger
1652 Raag Airan Avery Krieger

A Stanford team has developed a new method for quantitatively measuring human brain tissue using MRI.

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Stanford chemical engineering Professor Zhenan Bao and her team have created a skin-like material that can tell the difference between a soft touch and a firm handshake. The device on the "golden...

Bao Lab

13 Reasons Why, a drama about teen suicide, debuts March 31 on Netflix.

Beth Dubber/Netflix

Scholars say there's little scientific evidence that computer-based brain games do more than improve performance playing them.

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This prototype lithium ion battery contains a silicon electrode protected with a coating of self-healing polymer. The cables and clips in the background are part of an apparatus for testing the...

Brad Plummer/SLAC

Oligodendrocytes normally move with the help of a protein called actin, shown in green at the edges of the cell

Brad Zuchero and Andrew Olson
1659 Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Graduate School of Business

One study at the Stanford Behavioral Lab found that whether or not participants followed a researcher in lockstep decided the fate of pill bugs down the hall. This information on synchronous...

Brett Amory
1660 Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Alfredo Dubra

Alfredo Dubra builds adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopes from scratch.

Brian Smale
1661 Brian Wandell
1662 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Bryan Christie image
1663 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, James Landay, Emma Brunskill

QuizBot is more conversational and more fun and makes students feel like they have a true study partner. 


Bryce Tham, Kevin Craft

Dozens of current and former fellows (pictured) gathered earlier this year to meet and share their work.

Caitlyn M. Craft
1665 Carla Shatz
1666 Carolyn Bertozzi looking at laptop in her home Carolyn Bertozzi conducts interviews from her home early in the morning of Oct. 5, soon after she learned she had been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Andrew Brodhead
1667 Hair bundle of Guinea pig cochlea. CC0 1.0
1668 Hair bundle of Guinea pig cochlea. CC0 1.0
1669 Cannabis and snacks cendeced

A new study found stronger signals from the right amygdala, part of the brain’s fear center, to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, a region involved in executive functioning, in children with...

1671 Richard Zare, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Chemistry Professor Richard Zare and his lab have shown that water microdroplets spontaneously – and unexpectedly – produce hydrogen peroxide. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

Stanford Prof. Boaler finds that children who excel in math learn to develop "number sense," which is much different from the memorization that is often stressed in school.


A researcher rolls a ball with a toddler, engaging in the type of reciprocal play that primes the child to exhibit future altruistic behaviors.

Chia-wa Yeh
1674 Chiara Zarmati
1675 Christian Northeast image

Jeremy Dahl holds clumps of diamondoid crystals.

Christopher Smith, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
1677 Genetic engineering logo Ciencias EspañolasKoS, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
1678 Stanford neuroscience health center drop off zone Contact: Nusha Askari

As part of a four-hour curriculum on integers, fourth-grade students played games using a special number line that could be folded in half at the zero point, allowing the symmetry between positive...

Courtesy AAALab@Stanford

As part of her work, philosopher of science Helen Longino investigates assumptions made by users of behavioral research.

Courtesy Helen Longino

Jennifer Dionne

Courtesy Jennifer Dionne

Lee D. Ross, 1942-2021

Courtesy Josh Ross

As the mouse explores the arena, neurons in its brain flash green when it recognizes a familiar spot.

Courtesy Mark Schnitzer

A person's shoulder and head movements can indicate their creative output or ability to learn.

Courtesy mediaX at Stanford

Philosophy Professor Michael Bratman will be a research fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center in the next academic year.

Courtesy Michael Bratman
1686 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stroke Glove Courtesy of Caitlyn Seim

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan created the Biohub.

Courtesy of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Ward and May Harman (pictured at Stanford in 1948) saw the rise of Silicon Valley. A new generation is celebrating their role with a gift to advance the neurosciences.

Courtesy of Harman Family

A PET scan image of the brain of a glioblastoma cancer patient shows the journey of T cells that had been engineered to attack the patient's tumor. Researchers used a technique that enabled them...

Courtesy of J. Strommer and F. Habte
1690 Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Jennifer Dionne

As the recipient of the Alan T. Waterman Award, Dionne will receive $1 million toward her research.

Courtesy of Jennifer Dionne
1691 Jin Hyung Lee, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Courtesy of Jin Hyung Lee

Stanford researchers want families and caregivers of people with autism to help populate GapMap, which will show the communities where people with autism live and the services available in their...

Courtesy of JMIR Public Health & Surveillance
1693 Sample images that were used to test brain responses in children such as words, bodies, cars, houses

Sample images used for testing brain responses in children. To understand how the brain reacts to visual stimuli during development, the researchers grouped stimuli into five domains, each with...

Courtesy of Kalanit Grill-Spector and Marisa Nordt

Researchers in Stanford's Bio-X program are investigating growth in the neurons involved in a mouse's visual system.

Courtesy of Maja Djurisic

Sash and Mary Spencer

Courtesy of Mary Spencer

The original reference to the vertical occipital fasciculus was published by Carl Wernicke in 1881. The dashed blue lines outline where Wernicke located the region. Jason Yeatman and Kevin Weiner...

Courtesy of PNAS
1697 Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Hongjie Li, Liqun Luo, Stephen Quake

The Drosophila brain with various olfactory neurons labeled by different-colored fluorescent markers.

Courtesy of Quake Lab
A rendering of the $79 million, 92,000-square-foot neuroscience building is that will be constructed next to the Hoover Pavilion on Quarry Road.
Courtesy of Stanford Hospital & Clinics
1699 Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Blaine Baxter, who suffered an injury to his arm while racing a go-kart, has benefited from virtual reality to distract from the pain of dressing changes.

Courtesy of the Baxter family

Molly Britt, 1, was treated at the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic at Packard Children's.

Courtesy of the Britt family