Press Release

  • Teaching AI to Improve Visual Recognition

    How do we recognize an image with our brain? We, human beings, are able to distinguish a rose from a camellia at brief sight, while a cat can trace a bug flying and immediately catch it. During the process of visual recognition, many neurons lo… More

  • How the antidepressant ketamine rapidly awakens the brain, and why its effects vary more in women


    In small doses, the anesthetic ketamine is a mildly hallucinogenic party drug known as “Special K.” In even smaller doses, ketamine relieves depression — abruptly and som… More

  • Prosocial Behavior and the Teenage Brain

    Learning prosocial behavior is one of the hallmarks of cognitive development. Young children sometimes behave in a self-centered manner due to behavioral immaturity. Over time they learn how to communicate and interact with others. Du… More

  • Growing a Brain: Two-Step Control Mechanism Identified in Mouse Stem Cells

    Scientists identified two distinct control mechanisms in the developmental transition of undifferentiated stem cells into healthy brain cells. This fundamental research using mice may inform regenerative medicine treatments for n… More

  • Pheromone in Baby's Tears Dampens Female Libido

    A substance in young mice's tears makes female mice more likely to reject male sexual advances. This research is part of ongoing efforts at the University of Tokyo to understand how animals communicate using chemicals called pheromones.… More

  • Dividing Time and Space to Predict the Future

    Accurate prediction of natural phenomena based on real world data, from molecules to brain activity, stock markets and weather, is one of the great challenges of science and society. If mathematical science could devise better methods f… More

  • Sleep Duration is Determined by Leak Potassium Channels

    Do we know how long we are supposed to sleep each night? How about our children or even loved pets? Sleep researchers have long known that sleep duration (the length of total sleep) is strongly influenced by genetic background. So, the time w… More

  • Transparent EEG Array Allows Visual Access to Brain

    Electroencephalography (EEG), which records electrical discharges in the brain, is a well-established technique for measuring brain activity. But current EEG electrode arrays, even placed directly on the brain, cannot distinguish … More

  • Early-Life Seizures Disrupt Critical Period Plasticity

    In Brief:
    Early-life seizures are often associated with intellectual disability and/or autism. Sun et al. show that seizures prematurely unsilence synapses to disrupt tonotopic plasticity in auditory cortex, revealing a mechanism f… More

  • Cometh the Cyborg: Improved Integration of Living Muscles into Robots

    This is a press release from Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo.

    Professor Shoji Takeuchi also holds the post of Principal Investigators of WPI-IRCN.

    The new field of biohybrid robotics involves the use of living ti… More