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The Mind of a Marmoset

  • Published18 Jun 2018
  • Reviewed18 Jun 2018
  • Author Alissa Ortman
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN
Image of marmoset brains
The Journal of Neuroscience, 11 April 2012, 32(15): 5039-5053; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4788-11.2012

How much can studying monkeys help us learn how our own brains develop and function? Researchers in Japan comparing marmoset and mouse brains found some brain structures in marmosets, small monkeys in South America, are more similar to those of humans than rodents. They examined different gene activity patterns in the marmoset brains (pictured above) to determine whether studying marmosets could help us learn about higher cognitive abilities like language and attention. Thanks to these documented similarities, studies of marmosets may help us understand the evolution of brain development and function.



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