Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 10, 2015

2016 Neuro-Inspired Computational Elements Workshop

The 2016 Neuro-Inspired Computational Elements Workshop has passed. View the workshop web page to learn more about the event and access video and presentation slides of all talks. From March 7-9, 2016, the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley is hosting the Neuro-Inspired Computational Elements (NICE) Workshop, presented by the NICE Workshop Foundation. The NICE workshop will […]

Berkeley News | March 2, 2015

Anxious people more apt to make bad decisions amid uncertainty

Highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle life’s uncertainties. They may even catastrophize, interpreting, say, a lovers’ tiff as a doomed relationship or a workplace change as a career threat. In gauging people’s response to unpredictability, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oxford found that people […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 26, 2015

Dan Feldman selected for Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award

Dan Feldman, Associate Professor of Neurobiology in the Molecular and Cell Biology department and member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, has been selected for the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award. This award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides long-term research support to exceptional investigators who are recognized as leaders in their field. >> […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 26, 2015

Your Brain on Drugs: Novel Clinical Implications

Get an introduction to the latest scientific findings on addiction’s effect on the brain in this incisive talk with UC Berkeley professor Mark D’Esposito. Understand how certain circuits in the brain that normally guide goal-directed behavior are malfunctioning in the throes of addiction through a slideshow that depicts recent brain-scanning techniques. Dr. D’Esposito also explains […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 24, 2015

Helen Bateup selected for Sloan research fellowship

Helen Bateup, of the Molecular and Cell Biology department as well as the Helen Wills Neuroscience Program, has been selected for the Alfred P. Sloan foundation research fellowship. You can learn more about Helen’s research program here. Go To The Full Article »

Berkeley News | February 16, 2015

Brain’s iconic seat of speech goes silent when we actually talk

For 150 years, the iconic Broca’s area of the brain has been recognized as the command center for human speech, including vocalization. Now, scientists at UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland are challenging this long-held assumption with new evidence that Broca’s area actually switches off when we talk out loud. The findings, reported […]

Berkeley Science Review | February 6, 2015

Catch the brainwave: Cognitive Technologies at the Exploratorium

Getting his ticket to the Exploratorium on the opening night of the new exhibit Cognitive Technologies, Berkeley neuroscientist Jack Gallant was asked if he thought it would work. “It better work,” he said. “It’ll be amazing if it works.”   Gallant’s actual words were, characteristically, a smidge more colorful. After all, his students had worked […]

Berkeley Science Review | January 29, 2015

Choking under pressure: overthinking or misthinking?

A baseball player steps up to the plate. It’s the bottom of the ninth inning, with the bases loaded. The pressure is on. One, two, and finally three pitches go by: he chokes. He’s not alone in his pain. Choking under pressure is a phenomenon as universal as it is mysterious. Humans, paradoxically, often perform […]

Berkeley News | January 23, 2015

Berkeley goes to Davos

International leaders from the realms of business, government, academia and civil society gathered over the past week in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. UC Berkeley — the only public university to be invited — sent a contingent of luminaries who made the case for the global importance of public higher education in presentations, blog […]