RIKEN BRAIN SCIENCE INSTITUTE (RIKEN BSI)

BSI Articles

August 30, 2017
“Approach a problem fearlessly”

Now an instructor, former summer student David Schoppik revisits BSI



August 3, 2017
Toughing it out for science — what motivates BSI’s new director?

“The rewards are high when you get that eureka moment”




June 8, 2017
Industry-academia collaboration builds the brain science assembly line

High-throughput automated experiments to address science’s reproducibility crisis



May 12, 2017
Fish love the smell of adenosine — well, anytime

Olfactory receptor that senses food signals is unique to aquatic species



May 9, 2017
What a mouse on a virtual track can tell us about how the brain navigates

Virtual reality is an efficient testbed for studying place memory and learning



April 19, 2017
Four young BSI scientists win RIKEN Researcher/Technician Incentive Award 2016

The Researcher Incentive Award and Technical Incentive Award are given to young researchers and technicians who have contributed to furthering RIKEN’s ideals by achieving exemplary results in their research support activities. In fiscal year 2016, three researchers and one technician from BSI were selected as awardees. Congratulations!



April 3, 2017
Japanese babies are upending the world of linguistics, one mora at a time

What works for English is not universal when it comes to language learning



February 10, 2017
The invisible touch

How do you jump-start the search for consciousness in the brain? A loan, some optical fibers and a cheeky threat of scientific one-upmanship



February 9, 2017
What I learned as a ‘brain tourist’ in Japan

A glimpse of neuroscience on the opposite side of the Pacific



December 7, 2016
The geometry of consciousness is a multi-dimensional math trip

What if you could visualize consciousness as a geometrical pattern that shifts and morphs over time?



September 5, 2016
A journey through the brain, in theory

An interview with neuroscientist Taro Toyoizumi



June 17, 2016
A fly cruises the smell-o-drome  —  for science

Decoding the brain activity of odor-based navigation



May 31, 2016
Keeping mouse memories in order is all in the timing

Hippocampus oscillations organize neural code



May 31, 2016
Male fish need a sense of smell to get it on

Courtship behavior initiated by pheromone




April 1, 2016
A fish fight club reveals how the brains of winners and losers differ

Competing neural circuits determine outcomes of conflict




February 2, 2015
RIKEN BSI Scientist Honored for Pioneering Work on Bipolar Disorder

An Interview with Dr. Tadafumi Kato




May 22, 2014
Connecting the circuits that control memory

Thomas John McHugh, Team Leader, Laboratory for Circuit and Behavioral Physiology, RIKEN Brain Science Institute



April 23, 2014
Revealing the secrets of the brain

BSI Director, Dr. Susumu Tonegawa discusses recent advances in neuroscience in a recent RIKEN Research Perspective.



January 28, 2014
A crowning achievement: BSI Senior Team Leader Dr. Mikoshiba wins French Legion of Honour

Dr. Mikoshiba is honored for his achievements in neuroscience and for facilitating international cultural and scientific exchange



November 12, 2013
Top scientist receives Tsukahara Award 2013 for research excellence

An interview with Dr. Yukiko Goda



March 6, 2013
Life-Long Commitment to Mathematical Neuroscience Earns Recognition

An interview with Dr. Shun-ichi Amari, who was named Person of Cultural Merit for his work in mathematical neuroscience



June 26, 2012
The benefits of misbehaving: prion helps yeast survive environmental stress

Motomasa Tanaka and colleagues show that prions help yeast cells survive drug treatment, revealing a functional role for protein aggregates.