Berkeley News | October 2, 2014

Why we can’t tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double

Johnny Depp has an unforgettable face. Tony Angelotti, his stunt double in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” does not. So why is it that when they’re swashbuckling on screen, audiences worldwide see them both as the same person? UC Berkeley scientists have cracked that mystery. Researchers have pinpointed the brain mechanism by which we latch on […]

LBL News Center | October 1, 2014

Director Alivisatos Plays Key Role in White House BRAIN Conference

The White House hosted a conference on Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) yesterday as a follow up to the President’s 2013 announcement of the BRAIN initiative. Brought together to talk about how they could play a role in making this collaborative endeavor a success, conference attendees included representatives from national labs, academic and […]

Berkeley News | September 30, 2014

NIH awards UC Berkeley $7.2 million to advance brain initiative

The National Institutes of Health today announced its first research grants through President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, including three awards to the University of California, Berkeley, totaling nearly $7.2 million over three years. The projects are among 58 funded in this initial wave of NIH grants, involving 100 researchers and a total of $46 million […]

Berkeley News | September 25, 2014

Three Bay Area institutions join forces to seed transformative brain research

Two state-of-the-art research areas – nanotech and optogenetics – were the dominant theme last Thursday, Sept. 18, as six researchers from UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sketched out their teams’ bold plans to jump-start new brain research. The rapid-fire talks kicked off a one-of-a-kind collaboration among the three institutions in […]

Berkeley News | September 14, 2014

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein

The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study led by UC Berkeley researchers. The findings, published Sept. 14 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, could help explain how some older adults with beta-amyloid deposits in their […]

Berkeley News | September 8, 2014

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain

Are humans programmed to tell the truth? Not when lying is advantageous, says a new study led by Assistant Professor Ming Hsu at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The report ties honesty to a region of the brain that exerts control over automatic impulses. Hsu, who heads the Neuroeconomics Laboratory at the Haas School of […]

Berkeley News | September 5, 2014

Shining light on brain circuits to study learning, memory

UC Berkeley neuroscientists plan to use light to tweak the transmission of signals in the brain to learn more about how the mouse brain and presumably the human brain process information. Last month, the research project was awarded one of 36 new $300,000, two-year grants from the National Science Foundation in support of President Obama’s […]

Discover Magazine | August 28, 2014

How to Better Teach Kids Science? Just Ask Them

Neuroscientist Bob Knight started a kid-reviewed, kid-targeted online journal to inspire the next generation of researchers on their own terms. Kids say the darndest things when they’re reviewing a neuroscience study up for publication. That’s what Bob Knight discovered when, almost on a whim, he started a kid-reviewed online journal — and found his passion. […]

Kavli Foundation | August 14, 2014

Prominent U.S. Research Institutions Announce Collaboration Toward Sharing and Standardizing Neuroscience Data

The Allen Institute for Brain Science, California Institute of Technology, New York University School of Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) are collaborating on a project aimed at making databases about the brain more useable and accessible for neuroscientists – a step seen as critical to […]

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