Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 18, 2016

Hillel Adesnik receives Presidential Early Career Award

President Obama today named 105 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring. >>read […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 18, 2016

New Zeiss Berkeley BrainMIC course provides training in use of state-of-the-art optical neurotechniques

The Zeiss Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center (BrainMIC) held its inaugural “4D Advanced Microscopy of Brain Circuits” course in January 2016. The intensive week-long course provided theory and hands-on experience to 16 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers eager to learn how to use the latest optical neurotechnologies of the Federal BRAIN Initiative. “This was a […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 16, 2016

Light-activated antagonists for the GABA A receptor family

A comprehensive toolkit to advance the study of inhibition on the cellular, circuit, and organismal level The precise excitatory signaling of the nervous system would be impossible without inhibition. Inhibition returns neurons to their baseline state, so that a subsequent excitatory signal can rise above the noise. Without inhibition, there is only noise. Noisy, hyperexcited […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 7, 2016

Dan Feldman on Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Drawings of Brain Structures

Lunchtime talk at BAMPFA 2155 Center Street, Berkeley Dan Feldman explores Spanish neuroscientist Ramón y Cajal’s pioneering drawings of neural networks Feldman is a faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, as well as director of the Neuroscience PhD program. His laboratory studies the function […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 15, 2016

Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program alums Emily Jacobs and Michael Goard start their own labs at UC Santa Barbara

Emily Goard Jacobs and Michael Jacobs Goard are alumni from the Neuroscience PhD Program entering class of 2004. Jacobs completed her thesis in the lab of Mark D’Esposito on the effects of estrogen on dopamine-dependent cognitive processes. Goard completed his thesis in Yang Dan’s lab on cholinergic neuromodulation of visual perception. Emily and Michael met […]

Berkeley News | February 12th, 2016

Berkeley psychologist tapped to foster a kinder Twittersphere

UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner’s expertise on the science of emotions has been used to enhance the Pixar movie “Inside Out,” as well as Facebook’s selection of emoticonsand messaging tools. Now his emotional intelligence is being tapped to create a kinder and gentler Twittersphere. Keltner, a psychology professor at Berkeley for 20 years, has been […]

Berkeley News | February 10th, 2016

Peering inside the minds of Raiders fans

A couple of professors at the Berkeley-Haas School of Business who are pioneering the use of neuroscience to sort out how consumers think and feel about companies and products were recently drafted to help the Oakland Raiders assess what happens in the minds of the team’s loyal fans, and how that might be duplicated among […]

Berkeley News | February 1st, 2016

Yes, you can tell if your audience is bored

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton may want to take note. If a quick scan of the crowd tells you your audience looks riveted, bored or angry, trust your eyes. New research from UC Berkeley shows that we average out expressions in a sea of faces to get a reliable mood reading. […]

Scientific American | January 31st, 2016

Deciphering the Language of the Brain

Understanding how brains work is one of the greatest scientific challenges of our times, but despite the impression sometimes given in the popular press, researchers are still a long way from some basic levels of understanding. A project recently funded by the Obama administration’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative is one of […]