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(l-r) Prof. Elisha Moses, Prof. Menahem Segal and Dr. Yaron Penn

Neurons may synchronize their oscillations to produce signals

timestamp for the brain

Patterns of nerve cell activity act as a "timestamp" in our brain

Day 3 of the fMRI experiment

Subject's brains in an fMRI experiment showed the preferred pattern after three days

Red and green dots reveal a region in the brain that that is very dense with synapses. A special fluorescent protein allows Dr. Ofer Yizhar and his group to record the activity of the synapses

Targeting axons uncovers the brain's distance communications 

brain and headphones

Patients may overgeneralize their responses to stimuli, harmful or not


Organs that sense through movement are more complex than thought

To understand the relationships between the “words” encoded in the retinal responses to film clips, the researchers analyzed and plotted them on a 3-D graph on which they attempted to preserve the relations between the words. Each balloon covers all the words that belong to the same sematic cluster. The fact that the balloons are so distinct shows the underlying “synonym” organization of neuron communication

The brain’s communications networks may use synonyms to avoid misunderstandings

The olfactory fingerprint of the person in the middle remains consistent, even after 30 days (right), but is very different from that of another person (left)

Weizmann Institute Scientists develop an “olfactory fingerprint” test that may do more than just identify individuals

handshake illustration: Lee Zakai

People sniff their hands twice as much after a handshake, according to a Weizmann Institute study