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Previously unknown role for the cerebellum found

image of the cerebellum's granule cells
Mark Wagner
Mar 20 2017

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Research, Faculty

Researchers long believed that the cerebellum did little more than process our senses and control our muscles. New techniques to study the most densely packed neurons in our brains reveal that it may do much more. In a series of experiments published March 20 in Nature, researchers in Professor Liqun Luo's lab showed that neurons within the cerebellum respond to and learn to anticipate rewards, a first step toward a much more exciting future for the cerebrum’s largely overlooked little brother and one that could open up new avenues of research for neuroscientists interested in the roots of cognition.