News: Neuroscience

Read the latest news from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin

Research

Scientists Develop New Theory to Understand Why Our Perception is Biased

Researchers examined decades of data to create a unifying theory to explain biases in perception.

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UT News

UT Austin’s Top Research Stories of 2023

From a brain decoder to a supermassive black hole to a cancer drug advance, College of Natural Sciences researchers made breakthroughs this year.

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Announcements

College Announces Newest Inductees to Hall of Honor

The Hall of Honor recognizes Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Service and Emerging Leader award winners.

Amir Husain, Christina Reed and Wayne Alexander

Research

Dopamine Controls Movement, Not Just Rewards

New study finds dopamine neurons are more diverse than previously thought, with implications for Parkinson's disease.

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Research

Some Frogs Use Toxins to Deter Predators, but Evolution Doesn’t Supply Free Lunch

Poison frogs are able to withstand a toxin which they use to deter predators, but not without a cost.

Anthony’s poison frog (Epipedobates anthonyi). CREDIT: David Cannatella

Features

Innovative Program Gives Students with Disabilities University Experience

An idea that started with a neuroscientist’s personal experience morphed into a lifelong continuing education program for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

A student from the program partaking in hands on activities.

Podcast

Brain Activity Decoder Can Reveal Stories in People’s Minds

The work relies in part on a transformer model, similar to the ones that power ChatGPT.

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Accolades

NSF Awards Graduate Research Fellowships to 23 UT Natural Sciences Students

Dozens of graduate and undergraduate students of UT Austin's College of Natural Sciences were honored this year by the National Science Foundation.

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Research

The Brain’s Internal Compass is More Complex Than Once Thought

New details about how the brain senses orientation might lead to earlier Alzheimer’s detection.

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Accolades

Three CNS Faculty Awarded President’s Associates Teaching Awards

Three CNS recipients are being recognized for their engagement with curriculum reform and educational innovation.

Markert, Mauk and Bruner