Psychology Today | August 30th, 2017

This Is Your Brain on First Grade

Formal schooling improves a child’s attention and changes the brain. Tens of millions of children around the United States are going back to school. For those starting first grade, things are about to get serious. First grade brings new demands: sit still longer, pay closer attention, follow more rules, and so on. That may not […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 29th, 2017

Stephan Lammel receives Hellman Fellowship

Stephan Lammel, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, received a 2017 Hellman Fellows Award. Lammel studies midbrain dopamine circuits in reward-based behaviors and pathological changes in addiction and mood disorders. He will be taking an ethological approach towards understanding the effects of chronic stress in the brain. The Hellman Fellows Program is unique in its flexibility and reach […]

The Times | August 26th, 2017

Stay in eduation to keep your ageing brain agile

You will never be as clever as you were at the point you left education. And if that’s not depressing enough, even then you were quite possibly past your prime. Even so this discovery is actually positive, say the authors of a new study into our cognitive decline over our lifespan. While there has until […]

Inside Science | August 25th, 2017

What the ‘Game of Thrones’ Dragons Might Really Look Like, According to Science

Last week’s “Game of Thrones” episode ended with a chilling image: massive, gnarled eyelids sliding open, revealing a dragon’s slit-pupiled gaze. But if dragons were real, their pupils would probably be round, not slitted, according to vision scientist Martin Banks at the University of California, Berkeley. Inside Science spoke with Banks and several other biologists […]

Daily Cal | August 24th, 2017

UC Berkeley study finds that more education leads to better cognitive function later in life

A study led by campus researchers found that higher levels of education are linked to later ages of peak cognitive performance. The study, published in PLOS ONE on Wednesday, was conducted by campus psychology professor Dr. Silvia Bunge, graduate psychology student Belén Guerra-Carrillo and General Assembly Space statistician Kiefer Katovich. According to Bunge, the group had long been aware of […]

Berkeley News | August 23rd, 2017

More education linked to better cognitive functioning later in life

Higher levels of education are tied to later ages of peak cognitive functioning, according to new research published today in the journal PLoS One. The study, led by UC Berkeley researchers, examined relationships between educational attainment, cognitive performance and learning in order to quantify the cumulative effect of attending school. Its findings suggest that higher levels […]

Psychology Today | August 9th, 2017

How Children’s Brains Learn to Reason

Reasoning is hard cognitive work. It’s what allows you to understand that if A is greater than B and B is greater than C, then A is greater than C. It lets you fill in the blank: a link is to a chain as a ­­­­­_____ is to a bouquet. (Answer: Flower, because the relationship is part […]

Healthline News | August 6th, 2017

The Latest in Brain Technology

We are now well on the way to being able to restore vision and hearing to people without those senses. Like the development of the internet, this change is happening in stages. Also, like the internet, the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is playing a leading role in the effort. “We’re building a […]

Neurofriends Podcast | August 3rd, 2017

Decoding

In Decoding, student host Ethan Cruikshank talks with Dr. Chris Holdgraf about open-brain surgery, how the brain interprets language, and whether “mind reading” is just around the corner (spoiler: not quite).

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