UC Berkeley News | October 14th, 2016

Four projects garner $1.7 million from federal BRAIN initiative

Four UC Berkeley research teams will share $1.7 million from the federal government’s BRAIN initiative, part of $70 million in new grants announced Thursday, Oct. 13, 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 […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 13th, 2016

Helen Bateup awarded NARSAD Young Investigator Grant for autism research

Helen Bateup, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at UC Berkeley, was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Project Summary Bateup will examine the role of neurons that release dopamine, and their critical role in behavioral flexibility, motor control, and social cognition, in leading to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. […]

Freakonomics | October 12th, 2016

This Is Your Brain on Podcasts

Listen to the latest Freakonomics Radio episode, “This Is Your Brain on Podcasts,” featuring an interview with Jack Gallant. Neuroscientists still have a great deal to learn about the human brain. One recent MRI study sheds some light, finding that a certain kind of storytelling stimulates enormous activity across broad swaths of the brain. The […]

LBNL News | October 10th, 2016

Brain Modulyzer Provides Interactive Window Into the Brain

Did you know that your brain processes information in a hierarchy? As you are reading this page, the signal coming in through your eyes enters your brain through the thalamus, which organizes it. That information then goes on to the primary visual cortex at the back of the brain, where populations of neurons respond to […]

HHMI Janelia News | October 6th, 2016

New Tool Will Help Expand Scope of Neural Circuit Research

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus and University of California, Berkeley have developed a powerful new tool for neuroscientists—a viral vector called rAAV2-retro, which efficiently enters and travels through the long neuronal projections that connect different regions of the brain. Genetically-encoded tools for labeling cells or monitoring or manipulating their activity can […]

Stephen Brohawn and Michael Yartsev receive NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards

The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. Congratulations to all the 2016 New Innovator Award Recipients […]

Vision+Light: Extending the Senses

October 27 + 28 5:30-8:30pm | Energy Biosciences Building 2151 Berkeley Way FREE admission | Event details: scienceatcal.berkeley.edu Presentations & Artwork by: Nipam Patel · Holly Aaron · Carlo Sequin · Jack Gallant · Farley Gwazda · Greg Niemeyer · Philipp Haslinger · Bernie Peyton · Elizabeth Jameson · Katherine Sherwood · Patricia Zambryski · Lawrence Hall of […]

California Magazine | Fall 2016

Marriage as ‘Optimal Stopping Problem’ and Other Algorithms to Live By

5 Questions for Tom Griffiths, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science. 1. You’re a psychologist who uses mathematical models and “big data” to understand how people think. Why not use traditional methods, such as lab experiments? I think these methods are the future of psychology. As more sources of data about human behavior become available, we […]

Berkeley News | October 3rd, 2016

New online game invites public to help fight Alzheimer’s

A new online science game allows the general public to directly contribute to Alzheimer’s disease research and help scientists search for a cure. The game, called Stall Catchers, was developed by the Human Computation Institute, in collaboration with UC Berkeley and other institutions, as part of the EyesOnALZ citizen science project. Stall Catchers will allow […]

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