Brain disease: do pathological behaviors stem from faulty beliefs?

A promising model for understanding neurological and psychiatric diseases could help provide personalized treatments for patients.


A brain-system that builds confidence in what we see, hear and touch

A series of experiments at EPFL provide conclusive evidence that the brain uses a single mechanism (supramodality) to estimate confidence in different senses such as audition, touch, or vision. The study is published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

How Do Different Brain Regions Interact to Enhance Function?

Textbooks have long divided the brain into dozens of discrete areas, each with its own set of functions. Students learn that the hippocampus is crucial for learning and memory. The cerebellum coordinates movements. The prefrontal cortex is the seat of higher cognition, handling processes such as decision-making._ Tim Requarth / SIMONS FOUNDATION

Amputee Feels Texture with a Bionic Fingertip

An amputee feels rough or smooth textures in real-time — in his phantom hand — using an artificial fingertip connected to nerves in the arm. The advancement will accelerate the development of touch enabled prosthetics._EPFL

Combo Tool

“It opens up genetic manipulations in a much larger number of specific cell types and saves a huge amount of time and money,” said Cepko. “The more we know about how cells function, the better we can understand disease and development, allowing us to design more effective therapies.”_ HMS