The New York Times | July 3, 2015

The Science of ‘Inside Out’

FIVE years ago, the writer and director Pete Docter of Pixar reached out to us to talk over an idea for a film, one that would portray how emotions work inside a person’s head and at the same time shape a person’s outer life with other people. He wanted to do this all in the […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 2, 2015

The future is now: Brains, machines, and everything in between

by Sarah Hillenbrand For most of us, it is easy to recall a time we felt frustrated because a machine failed to do what we asked. Whether Siri misunderstood you, you wrote code that crashed, or you dropped your phone in the toilet, you are probably aware that humans and machines don’t always play nicely […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 1, 2015

Christopher Chang Receives the 2015 Blavatnik Award

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Christopher Chang has received the 2015 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. He’s been honored for his discoveries in chemistry that span both neuroscience and energy science.   >> Read the full announcement

San Jose Mercury News | June 30, 2015

University of California professors sweep young scientist awards

University of California professors, including two from the Bay Area, swept the prestigious 2015 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. The awards, which are administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, recognize the nation’s most exceptional emerging scientists and engineers who are making significant advances in chemistry, life sciences, or physical sciences. Each award […]

Berkeley News | June 17, 2015

Humans’ built-in GPS is our 3-D sense of smell

Like homing pigeons, humans have a nose for navigation because our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, new research from UC Berkeley shows. While humans may lack the scent-tracking sophistication of, say, a search-and-rescue dog, we can sniff our way, blindfolded, toward a location whose scent we’ve smelled only once before, according to […]

NBC Bay Area | June 15, 2015

Neuroscience Inspires Cartoon Action in Pixar’s “Inside Out”

Drawing on real neuroscience and the latest psychological research, “Inside Out” goes where no animated film has gone before: Deep inside the workings of a young girl’s mind. The much anticipated Pixar release, the studio’s first in two years, bills itself as “a major emotion picture.” Opening Friday, it centers on 11-year-old Riley, a happy, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 15, 2015

Decisions in the brain

By Chris Holdgraf Every second, billions of people across the world make a decision. How to dress for the day, whether to go back to school, where to find your next meal, whether you want to go on that second date – the choices we make in life have a significant impact on our own […]

NPR | June 12, 2015

Scientists Investigate What Makes Us Itch

Scientists found a molecule crucial to perceiving the sensation of itching. It affects how the brain responds to serotonin, and may explain why anti-depressants that boost serotonin make some itch.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 11, 2015

Introducing the ZEISS Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center

A resource for the neuroscience community The BRAIN Initiative has spurred the rapid development of new optical tools to precisely measure and manipulate neuronal activity. These powerful tools are an important and exciting step toward deciphering the neuronal circuits that command essential brain functions, such as perception, movement, and memory. The mission of the Brain […]