Berkeley News | October 18th, 2018

To track how students ace the LSAT, watch their eyes

A half-decade ago, UC Berkeley neuroscientists discovered that training for law school admission exams boosted brain connections that sharpen reasoning skills. Today, they’ve taken a major step closer to understanding how practicing the LSAT makes students smarter. They’re watching their eyes. Their findings, published today in the Science of Learning, a Nature Partner Journal, make the […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 16, 2018

David Schaffer funded by Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Award

HWNI is pleased to announce that the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has awarded HWNI member David Schaffer with an Intercampus Research Award to collaborate with researchers from UCSF and Stanford on a project entitled: Social network analysis of neuroimmune interactions in the developing human brain. The team aims to develop tools to study interactions between microglia—immune cells in the […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 16, 2018

Postdoc Polina Kosillo awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

Polina Kosillo, a postdoctoral fellow in the Bateup Lab, has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The two-year grant provides up to $70,000 to promising young scientists for research related to brain and behavior disorders. Kosillo will investigate the role of mTORC1 signaling in dopamine release, which may be […]

Berkeley College of Chemistry | October 10, 2018

Asst Professor Ke Xu recipient of high-risk, high-reward research grant from the NIH

Assistant professors Ke Xu of chemistry and Denis Titov of molecular and cell biology — were among 89 recipients of “high-risk, high-reward” grants announced last week by the National Institutes of Health. Xu and Titov received NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards, which support “unusually innovative research from early career investigators” who have never received an […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | September 27th, 2018

Why scientists should embrace teaching

In a NeuroView article published in Neuron, Professor of Neurobiology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute member Marla Feller makes the case that teaching undergraduates is not only personally satisfying, but also helps advance scientific research.  Based on her 18 years as a research scientist and professor, Feller posits that the rewards of teaching undergraduates outweigh […]

People Behind the Science | September 24, 2018

Dr. Richard Ivry: Studying the Selection, Planning, and Production of Skilled Movements

Dr. Richard Ivry is Professor of Psychology and Professor of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Brown University, and he was awarded his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from the University of Oregon. Afterwards, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Oregon […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | September 21st, 2018

Call for Proposals: Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge

HWNI is delighted to invite proposals for the Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge, focusing on: The Aging Brain. Made possible through the generosity of our donors, this is an opportunity for a $190,000 award (over two years) to catalyze neuroscience research with cross-disciplinary teams, offering the opportunity to engage the broader campus community of […]

Berkeley Blog | September 17th, 2018

Maintaining an active brain and body — even with cancer

In 2015, I retired after an enjoyable and rewarding career as a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley. My goal during retirement was to stay active and become a freelance writer in the hopes of sharing my interests to a general readership. Along with my wife, Helen, and Kazuko, […]

Berkeley News | September 13th, 2018

Regret is a gambler’s curse, scientists say

What goes through a gambler’s mind after she’s placed her bet? It’s not just the anticipation of a big payoff, or doubts about the wisdom of her bet. It’s also regret about previous bets, both won and lost, according to UC Berkeley neuroscientists. “Right after making a choice and right before finding out about the […]

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