Neuroscientist Portrait Project: Sara Popham

The following is part of the Neuroscientist Portrait Project, a look at the lives of neuroscientists inside vs. outside of the lab with an emphasis on highlighting the stories of those who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Created by Christine Liu and sponsored by Berkeley Neuroscience. All photos by Reynaldo Cayetano Jr. The portrait below was originally published as […]

National Academy of Sciences | January 24th, 2017

Paul Alivisatos will receive the 2017 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences will honor five individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in physical science and engineering, including UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Research Paul Alivisatos.

Berkeley News | January 19th, 2017

Why the lights don’t dim when we blink

Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn’t blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light? New research led by UC Berkeley shows that the brain works extra hard to stabilize our vision despite our fluttering eyes. Scientists at UC Berkeley, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Dartmouth […]

Berkeley Neuroscience | January 17th, 2017

Announcing the Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute invites proposals for the inaugural Radical Ideas in Brain Science Challenge. Understanding that real breakthroughs in neuroscience will only happen at a university that can provide a united effort across vast disciplinary terrain – from the life sciences, to engineering, social sciences, humanities, and beyond – the Challenge will award […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 17th, 2017

PhD student Christine Liu awarded $10,000 in Search for Hidden Figures contest

Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures, PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox partnered to find the next generation of women who will lead the way in STEM. Their search invited real-life women and girls who had yet to be recognized for their great work or potential in STEM to share their stories and compete for $50,000 to […]

California Magazine | January 13th, 2017

People Are Strange When You’re Sleep Deprived

Got a lousy night’s sleep? Feeling kinda grouchy? Turns out waking up on the wrong side of the bed won’t just make you cranky. It will make others seem that way, too. A 2015 study from the UC Berkeley Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory found that a single sleepless night can fundamentally alter the way we […]

Berkeley News | December 20th, 2016

Pop-outs: How the brain extracts meaning from noise

When you’re suddenly able to understand someone despite their thick accent, or finally make out the lyrics of a song, your brain appears to be re-tuning to recognize speech that was previously incomprehensible. UC Berkeley neuroscientists have now observed this re-tuning in action by recording directly from the surface of a person’s brain as the […]

Berkeley News | November 28th, 2016

It takes less than a second to tell humans from androids

It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows as Westworld. But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between reality and fantasy, according to new UC Berkeley research. The findings, published in the November issue of the […]

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