Psychology Today | March 7th, 2016

How Does Your Brain Learn Through Trial and Error? Problem-solving and critical thinking can rewire the orbitofrontal cortex

In a groundbreaking discovery, neurocientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have captured brain images of active learning in real-time by photographing the brains of mice as they learn how-to problem solve through trial and error. Using advanced microscopy techniques, the researchers made time-lapse movies that illustrate how a mouse actively learns a new strategy for finding […]

Berkeley News | March 7th, 2016

Scientists tap the smarts of mice, capture problem-solving in action

UC Berkeley scientists have captured unique images of problem-solving in action by tapping into the minds of mice. The study shows rapid rewiring in the rodents’ frontal brains after they learn by trial and error. Using advanced microscopy techniques, researchers found that when mice used new strategies to find hidden treats during a foraging task, they […]

Berkeley News | March 3rd, 2016

Bromances may be good for men’s health

Male friendships, portrayed and often winked at in bromance movies, could have healthful effects similar to those seen in romantic relationships, especially when dealing with stress, according to a new study of male rats by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Human studies show that social interactions increase the level of the hormone oxytocin […]

Nature Outlook | March 2nd, 2016

Neurobiology: Rise of resilience

Stress can have a negative influence on the human brain, but increasingly it is the ability to withstand severe stress that is the focus of research. Daniela Kaufer has a personal interest in the effects of stress. “My mum’s family had a very traumatic experience when their mother died in childbirth,” she explains. The three […]

Berkeley News | March 2nd, 2016

PET scans reveal key details of Alzheimer’s protein growth in aging brains

New research led by scientists at UC Berkeley shows for the first time that PET scans can track the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal adults, a key advance in the early diagnosis and staging of the neurodegenerative disorder. In the process, the scientists also obtained important clues about two Alzheimer’s-linked proteins – […]

The Scientist | March 1st, 2016

Sleep Circuit: A web of cell types in one of the brain’s chief wake centers keeps animals up—but also puts them to sleep

Early studies attempting to untangle the neurological basis of sleep typically removed or injured part of an animal’s brain to measure the effects. The results implicated a region called the basal forebrain in inducing sleep, yet some studies indicated that it was important for arousal. “The impression is that maybe in that region there’s a […]

Luna Productions | February 27, 2016

Award for and Discussion of Dr. Marian Diamond at BAMPFA

The West Coast pre-World Premiere sneak preview of the PBS documentary “My Love Affair with the Brain: The Science and Life of Dr. Marian Diamond” was the occasion for this presentation of the CREA Award to Dr. Diamond, and a panel discussion about her pioneering research, and a general celebration of her life-long achievements in […]

Berkeley News | February 26th, 2016

Brain scientist Marian Diamond subject of new documentary

For nearly 55 years, until her retirement in 2014, Marian Diamond would often be seen walking through campus to her anatomy class carrying a flowered hat box, within which nestled a real, pickled human brain. Gently lifting it from its wrapping, she would display it to classes and express her awe that such a small, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 8, 2016

My Love Affair With the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

The event described below has already happened. View footage from the tribute to Dr. Diamond here: My Love Affair with the Brain is a soon-to-be-on PBS documentary about the brain, the passion of scientific discovery, the creation of modern neuroscience, Albert Einstein, women in science, and love – all via the life and research of […]