Berkeley Science Review | February 6, 2015

Catch the brainwave: Cognitive Technologies at the Exploratorium

Getting his ticket to the Exploratorium on the opening night of the new exhibit Cognitive Technologies, Berkeley neuroscientist Jack Gallant was asked if he thought it would work. “It better work,” he said. “It’ll be amazing if it works.”   Gallant’s actual words were, characteristically, a smidge more colorful. After all, his students had worked […]

Berkeley Science Review | January 29, 2015

Choking under pressure: overthinking or misthinking?

A baseball player steps up to the plate. It’s the bottom of the ninth inning, with the bases loaded. The pressure is on. One, two, and finally three pitches go by: he chokes. He’s not alone in his pain. Choking under pressure is a phenomenon as universal as it is mysterious. Humans, paradoxically, often perform […]

Berkeley News | January 23, 2015

Berkeley goes to Davos

International leaders from the realms of business, government, academia and civil society gathered over the past week in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. UC Berkeley — the only public university to be invited — sent a contingent of luminaries who made the case for the global importance of public higher education in presentations, blog […]

Tech Crunch | January 15, 2015

Kiko Labs Debuts A Series Of “Brain-Training” Games For Kids

A new company called Kiko Labs is today releasing a series of “brain-training” games for children. Think, perhaps: a Lumosity for the preschool-plus set. Like others claiming to promote cognitive skill development through gameplay, Kiko Labs’ games were developed in partnership with a scientific advisory board, who advised the company on how to best translate dozens […]

Berkeley News | January 12, 2015

Blocking hormone could eliminate stress-induced infertility

UC Berkeley scientists have discovered that chronic stress activates a hormone that reduces fertility long after the stress has ended, and that blocking this hormone returns female reproductive behavior to normal. While the experiments were conducted in rats, the researchers are optimistic that blocking the gene for the hormone – called gonadotropin inhibitory hormone (GnIH) – […]

Berkeley News | January 5, 2015

How songbirds may help build a better hearing aid

Untreated hearing loss can have devastating and alienating repercussions on a person’s life: isolation, depression, sapped cognition, even dementia. Yet only one in five Americans who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one. Some don’t seek help because their loss has been so gradual that they do not feel impaired. Others cannot afford […]

LBL News Center | December 16, 2014

A Standard for Neuroscience Data

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a computational framework for standardizing neuroscience data worldwide. Thanks to standardized image file formats—like JPEG, PNG or TIFF—which store information every time you take a digital photo, you can easily share selfies and other pictures with anybody connected to a computer, mobile phone or the Internet. Nobody needs to download […]

Berkeley News | December 8, 2014

New therapy holds promise for restoring vision

A new genetic therapy not only helped blind mice regain enough light sensitivity to distinguish flashing from non-flashing lights, but also restored light response to the retinas of dogs, setting the stage for future clinical trials of the therapy in humans. The therapy employs a virus to insert a gene for a common ion channel […]

Berkeley News | December 3, 2014

Scientists detect brain network that gives humans superior reasoning skills

When it comes to getting out of a tricky situation, we humans have an evolutionary edge over other primates. Take, as a dramatic example, the Apollo 13 voyage in which engineers, against all odds, improvised a chemical filter on a lunar module to prevent carbon dioxide buildup from killing the crew. UC Berkeley scientists have […]

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