News from 2018

Reward and Threat: Two Axes of Dopamine Systems [Uchida Lab]

William James, the “father of American psychology”, was amused when he watched an alligator cautiously approach a human – only to quickly retreat. The alligator repeated this behavior…

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Uchida Awarded the 2018 Tsukahara Memorial Award

MCB professor Nao Uchida has been awarded the 2018 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Award for his work on memory and decision-making during the 41st Annual Meeting of the Japan…

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A Mouse in Margaritaville [Uchida Lab]

Imagine you’re at your favorite dive bar, and you order a margarita. Usually, the bartender arrives with your drink within 10 minutes, but occasionally, she forgets your order…

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Prediction Errors Stay on Track, Even When the Ride is Unpredictable [Uchida Lab]

Imagine you are waiting for the 2PM subway train. Based on your experience, you know that the train always arrives between 1:55PM and 2:05PM. You glance at your…

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FORMER MEMBER OF UCHIDA LAB WINS SCIENCE & SCILIFELAB PRIZE FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS

Neir Eshel, an MD-PhD graduate from Harvard Medical School and a former member of the Uchida Lab, was named the grand prize winner of an essay contest sponsored…

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COMMON CURRENCY FOR REWARD AND PUNISHMENT [UCHIDA LAB]

Considering both good and bad is fundamental for future planning and decision-making. When animals forage, they may consider how tasty the food is, how much food is available…

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A MULTI-LAYERED NEURAL COMPUTATION FOR SIMPLE ARITHMETIC [UCHIDA LAB]

An exciting aspect of neuroscience is the ability to peek into the brain, measuring the activity of neurons in behaving animals. Electrophysiology allows us to listen to the…

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DOPAMINE: A SHATTERPROOF SIGNAL FOR LEARNING [UCHIDA LAB]

Dopamine plays an outsized role in the public imagination, acting as a ‘happiness’ chemical, the drug that causes psychosis, or the pill that allows frozen people to move…

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MCB PHD GRADUATE WILL DELIVER LARRY KATZ MEMORIAL LECTURE

Neir Eshel, a recent PhD graduate from the Uchida Lab, will deliver this year’s Larry Katz Memorial Prize Lecture at the Cold Spring Harbor conference on Neuronal Circuits…

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PATHWAY FOR DISAPPOINTMENT [UCHIDA LAB]

Ju Tian (l) and Nao Uchida Imagine you are a child hoping to get a teddy bear from your parents as a birthday gift. What if they gave…

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