Allen Institute for Brain Science News | November 8th, 2016

Alexander Huth announced as an Allen Institute for Brain Science 2016 Next Generation Leader

Distinguished early-career scientists invited to participate in Allen Institute advisory council The Allen Institute for Brain Science announces the newest cohort of Next Generation Leaders: a group of six esteemed young scientists who will provide feedback in both formal and informal settings to researchers at the Allen Institute. The program recognizes distinguished and innovative contributions […]

Scientific American | November 7th, 2016

When Patients Can’t Give Informed Consent to Be Research Subjects

A guardian can give the go-ahead, and despite some critiques of the practice, it can be done ethically. The narrative arc of a recent report by Luke Dittrich concerning Henry Molaison (known as patient H.M.) is deeply disturbing. First, says Dittrich in his book “Patient H.M.,” a surgeon recklessly excised a part of Molaison’s brain critical for […]

California Magazine | November 7th, 2016

Unboggling Minds: New Brain Study May Impact Language Research

Scientists have long believed that the cortex, the outer layer of the brain, was responsible for figuring out the meaning in a sentence. But a new study out of UC Berkeley shows that the hippocampus, a brain structure long believed to act as a center for linking memories together, plays an active role in extracting […]

Berkeley News | October 31st, 2016

Does your mind jump around, stay on task or get stuck?

During downtime, some of us daydream while others might focus on a to-do list, or get stuck in a negative loop. Psychology has traditionally defined all these thought patterns as variations of “mind-wandering.” But a review of brain imaging studies led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of British Columbia offers a new […]

Research Digest | October 27th, 2016

This mental quirk could explain why you’re always running late

We all have routes that are part of our daily lives, whether it’s the way to the local convenience store, school or the office. How does this deep familiarity affect the way our brains represent the space and our ability to move through it? Based in part on what we’ve learned from studies of so-called “grid cells” in rats’ […]

Berkeley News | October 25th, 2016

$1.5 million to study language development, via bats

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) has awarded Michael Yartsev, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, a 2016 NYSCF–Robertson Neuroscience Investigator award. The award provides Yartsev with a $1.5 million grant to study the neurobiological basis of language learning in the mammalian brain using an unusual model […]

UC Newsroom | October 25th, 2016

UC scientists awarded more than $9 million from federal BRAIN Initiative

Fourteen University of California research teams will share $9.5 million from the federal government’s BRAIN Initiative, part of $70 million in new grants announced by the National Institutes of Health. This is the third round of grants to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative announced three years ago […]

Berkeley News | October 17th, 2016

Four UC Berkeley scientists receive prestigious NIH awards

Four UC Berkeley scientists have been recognized as innovators in their fields through new research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Michael M. Yartsev, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, along with Elçin Ünal and Stephen Brohawn, both assistant professors in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, will receive NIH New Innovator […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 14th, 2016

Three Berkeley Neuroscience Faculty Awarded Klingenstein-Simons Fellowships

The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards supports early career neuroscientists whose research may help us understand neurological and psychiatric disorders. Three of the eleven 2016 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowships were awarded to Berkeley Neuroscience Faculty! Congratulations to Stephen Brohawn, Evan Miller, and Michael Yartsev. Stephen Brohawn studies how proteins embedded in the membranes of neurons detect mechanical forces, such as touch or sound. Recently, several […]

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