Laser Focus World | September 13th, 2017

Optogenetics a cornerstone of DARPA’s neural interface program

The Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program, launched in 2016 to facilitate precision communication between the brain and the digital world, has taken a giant step: In July 2017, its founding agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), awarded $65 million to help realize this idea over the next four years. Of the six teams […]

Daily Mail | September 13th, 2017

Squirrels put their groceries away just like we do!

Do you keep your vegetables on one shelf in your fridge, and eggs and meat on another? A new study shows that humans aren’t the only species that organizes things like this – squirrels do it too. Fox squirrels organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preferences – evidence of a […]

Berkeley News | September 12th, 2017

Fox squirrels use ‘chunking’ to organize their favorite nuts

Like trick-or-treaters sorting their Halloween candy haul, fox squirrels apparently organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference, according to new UC Berkeley research. The study, published today in the Royal Society Open Science journal, is the first to show evidence of squirrels arranging their bounty using “chunking,” a cognitive strategy in which humans […]

Berkeley News | September 6th, 2017

Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion

The Emoji Movie, in which the protagonist can’t help but express a wide variety of emotions instead of the one assigned to him, may have gotten something right. A new UC Berkeley study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and […]

Psychology Today | August 30th, 2017

This Is Your Brain on First Grade

Formal schooling improves a child’s attention and changes the brain. Tens of millions of children around the United States are going back to school. For those starting first grade, things are about to get serious. First grade brings new demands: sit still longer, pay closer attention, follow more rules, and so on. That may not […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 29th, 2017

Stephan Lammel receives Hellman Fellowship

Stephan Lammel, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, received a 2017 Hellman Fellows Award. Lammel studies midbrain dopamine circuits in reward-based behaviors and pathological changes in addiction and mood disorders. He will be taking an ethological approach towards understanding the effects of chronic stress in the brain. The Hellman Fellows Program is unique in its flexibility and reach […]

The Times | August 26th, 2017

Stay in eduation to keep your ageing brain agile

You will never be as clever as you were at the point you left education. And if that’s not depressing enough, even then you were quite possibly past your prime. Even so this discovery is actually positive, say the authors of a new study into our cognitive decline over our lifespan. While there has until […]

Inside Science | August 25th, 2017

What the ‘Game of Thrones’ Dragons Might Really Look Like, According to Science

Last week’s “Game of Thrones” episode ended with a chilling image: massive, gnarled eyelids sliding open, revealing a dragon’s slit-pupiled gaze. But if dragons were real, their pupils would probably be round, not slitted, according to vision scientist Martin Banks at the University of California, Berkeley. Inside Science spoke with Banks and several other biologists […]

Daily Cal | August 24th, 2017

UC Berkeley study finds that more education leads to better cognitive function later in life

A study led by campus researchers found that higher levels of education are linked to later ages of peak cognitive performance. The study, published in PLOS ONE on Wednesday, was conducted by campus psychology professor Dr. Silvia Bunge, graduate psychology student Belén Guerra-Carrillo and General Assembly Space statistician Kiefer Katovich. According to Bunge, the group had long been aware of […]

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