The Atlantic | December 15th, 2017

Even Small Amounts of Alcohol Impair Memory

“I can’t even remember what happened that night” is a common joke/cry for help among people who recently drank to the point of blacking out. But there’s also evidence that drinking even a little bit can seriously impair learning and memory. Sleep, especially the REM phase when dreams occur, is when memories get cemented into […]

Science | December 14th, 2017

Out-of-sync brain waves may explain why we get forgetful as we age

Our brains don’t rest when we sleep. Electrical waves ripple through our noggins as our neurons talk to each other. Now, researchers have shown that when these waves don’t interact properly, we can lose our long-term memory. The work may help explain why older adults are so forgetful, and it could lead to new therapies […]

CBS | December 14th, 2017

How sleep impacts your memory

Research reveals that as we age, brain waves become unsynchronized. Because of that, the brain fails to keep new memories while we sleep. The study also points to a new treatment for boosting brain power among the elderly. Matthew Walker, who co-authored the study and released a new book called “Why We Sleep: Unlocking The […]

Berkeley News | December 14th, 2017

Offbeat brain rhythms during sleep make older adults forget

Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories, according to new UC Berkeley research. While these brain rhythms, occurring hundreds of times a night, move in perfect […]

Alzforum | December 14th, 2017

Aβ, Tau Absolved of Causing Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s

Why do only some people with Parkinson’s disease decline cognitively? Scientists have proposed various theories, including that coincident Alzheimer’s pathology is to blame. Researchers led by Joseph Winer and William Jagust at the University of California, Berkeley, tested this by measuring amyloid and tau levels in vivo with PET. In the December 11 JAMA Neurology, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | December 5th, 2017

Alumni Profile: Allyson Mackey

by Georgeann Sack Allyson Mackey wants to understand how the brain changes during development and learning, a question that has interested her since she was babysitting and working in a toy store in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Mackey took on a neuroimaging project and was hooked. In 2007 […]

Berkeley News | November 20th, 2017

Marla Feller, Mark D’Esposito, and Bob Knight elected AAAS fellows

Six UC Berkeley scientists are among the 396 newest fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” Ronald Cohen, Mark D’Esposito, Marla Feller, Alison Gopnik, Robert Knight and Paul Renne have been elected by their peers to the AAAS, the […]

Harrington Discovery Institute

Richard Kramer named Gund-Harrington Scholar

Gund-Harrington Scholars seek clinical breakthroughs in treating blindness. Richard Kramer was named one of four 2017 Gund-Harrington Scholars for his research developing a photoswitch drug candidate for retinitis pigmentosa. > Learn more

Society for Neuroscience | November 11th, 2017

Helen S. Bateup Receives the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will present the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Award to Helen S. Bateup, PhD, of the University of California, Berkeley, and Peter H. Rudebeck, PhD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The award will be presented at Neuroscience 2017, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about […]

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