Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 14th, 2016

Kavli Frontiers of Science – Berkeley alums represent!

Bradley Voytek (HWNI alum of the Knight Lab), Fernando Perez (current LBNL faculty and HWNI affiliate) and Emily Goard Jacobs (HWNI alum of the D’Esposito lab) were named National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellows. The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium series (KFoS) is the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists. Attendance […]

Neuroscientist Portrait Project: Dr. Joni Wallis

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. Dr. Joni Wallis I’m a […]

San Francisco Chronicle | November 11th, 2016

Remember after election: Stress can be good for you

If I would ask you to close your eyes and picture a stressful experience in your life, I am willing to bet that you will come up with an image easily. Especially after the most stressful presidential election in recent memory. You may be imagining yourself anxiously awaiting the results of an election you feel […]

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 […]

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