Berkeley News | May 10th, 2016

Fox squirrels’ tell-tail signs of frustration

Fox squirrels flick their tails when they can’t get a cherished nut in much the same way that humans kick a vending machine that fails to deliver the anticipated soda or candy bar, according to new UC Berkeley research. In what is thought to be among the first studies of frustration in free-ranging animals, the findings, […]

Wall Street Journal | May 6th, 2016

Walter J. Freeman III Used Mathematics to Explore the Brain

Walter J. Freeman III, a neuroscientist, applied mathematics to explore the workings of the brain. At times, he strayed into philosophy. Dr. Freeman died April 24 at age 89 of pulmonary fibrosis at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was a professor emeritus of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Berkeley News | May 3rd, 2016

Genetic switch could be key to increased health and lifespan

Newly discovered genetic switches that increase lifespan and boost fitness in worms are also linked to increased lifespan in mammals, offering hope that drugs to flip these switches could improve human metabolic function and increase longevity. These so-called epigenetic switches, discovered by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de […]

MedTech Boston | May 2nd, 2016


Dr. Rikky Muller didn’t discover neurotechnology until after she’d graduated from MIT with her Bachelors and Masters degrees. But once she began to learn about it, she realized the promise it had for treating neurological conditions and improving overall understanding of the brain. Inspired, she decided to pursue her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley […]

Berkeley Engineer | May 1st, 2016

Life with machine: Robot relationships get real

Berkeley’s renowned programs in artificial intelligence and robotics involve scores of professors in the College of Engineering. Not one of them is typical — as here, where three quite different researchers discuss technologies that are bringing machines and humans into closer relationships. Rikky Muller works at the boundary where sensitive machines and human brains make […]

Discover | April 30th, 2016

Words On The Brain: A Semantic Map of the Cortex

In a new Nature paper, Berkely neuroscientists Alexander G. Huth and colleagues present a ‘semantic atlas’ of the human brain. Huth et al. have mapped which brain areas respond to words, according to the semantics (meanings) of each word. It turns out that these maps are highly similar across individuals – which could have implications for ‘mind reading’ […]

SF Gate | April 28th, 2016

New brain research offers hope for those who have lost speech

As humans interpret the meaning of the words they’re hearing, they must use a wide variety of brain cells — and for the first time, scientists at UC Berkeley have mapped the brain’s inner regions where it all happens. People’s ability to link words with their meanings lies at the most basic level of brain […]

Los Angeles Times | April 28th, 2016

How the ‘Moth Radio Hour’ helped scientists map out meaning in the brain

This is your brain on stories. By tracking the blood flow in people’s brains as they listened to a storytelling radio show, scientists at UC Berkeley have mapped out where the meanings associated with basic words are encoded in the cortex, creating the first semantic atlas of the brain. The findings, described in the journal […]

The New York Times | April 28th, 2016

This Is Your Brain on Podcasts

Listening to music may make the daily commute tolerable, but streaming a story through the headphones can make it disappear. You were home; now you’re at your desk: What happened? Storytelling happened, and now scientists have mapped the experience of listening to podcasts, specifically “The Moth Radio Hour,” using a scanner to track brain activity. […]