Berkeley News | November 24, 2014

‘Sleepless in America’ documentary to feature Berkeley research

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, and yet it is only in the last decade or so that scientists have begun to really understand why. Among other things, UC Berkeley sleep researcher Matthew Walker has linked sleep deprivation to psychiatric disorders, obesity, risky behavior, post-traumatic stress disorder, learning and memory loss in old age. […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2014

The Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses

By Chris Holdgraf Remember the first time that you used a smartphone? If you’re like many, then it was a bit overwhelming – games, apps, calendars, e-mails, thousands of tools at your fingertips. However, you quickly learned to harness this powerful tool for work, play, socializing, and connecting. In a few short weeks, a terribly […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2014

The Redwood Center, where minds model brains

By Gautam Agarwal Our brains have the remarkable ability to guide us through a complex world full of uncertainty. Researchers at the Redwood Center aim to identify theoretical principles that can help to understand how the brain functions. The Center brings together mathematicians, physicists, biologists, computer scientists, and engineers in a unique collaborative environment. Together, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2014

MIC-ing the microscopic

By Ben Kallman In 1665, the English polymath Robert Hooke declared boldly: “By the help of microscopes, there is nothing so small as to escape our inquiry.” Three and a half centuries later, his proclamation, though perhaps still slightly hyperbolic, is more true than ever. Advances in microscopy and optics allow biologists to peer with unprecedented […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2014

The Brain Imaging Center: A campus resource for cutting-edge research

By Sarah Hillenbrand The Henry J. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center (affectionately referred to as ‘the BIC’) is a hub for cutting-edge neuroscience research at Berkeley. The BIC community is a diverse one, with its users calling departments across campus their home. In neuroscience, psychology, vision science, anthropology, bioengineering, and even the Haas School of […]

Berkeley News | November 18, 2014

Diana Bautista receives Young Investigator Award from neuroscience society

The Society for Neuroscience today (Monday, Nov. 17) presented one of two new Young Investigator Awards to Diana Bautista, UC Berkeley associate professor of molecular and cell biology, at the society’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. The $15,000 award recognizes “outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who has recently received his or her […]

Berkeley News | November 13, 2014

Of rats and men: Tolman, behavior and academic freedom

If you’ve ever been to Tolman Hall, you probably reached it not by rigid adherence to a series of mechanical steps — start at West Circle, go up Hilgard Way, first right to the end of Morgan Hall, then first left and voila — but by navigating via the map in your head. That is, […]

NPR | November 3, 2014

Why Lab Rats Don’t Observe Daylight Saving Time

Twice a year, most Americans do a truly bizarre thing. In coordinated fashion, we change our clocks an hour ahead or behind and proceed as if the new time tells us what we should be doing: when to eat, when to sleep, when to wake and when to work. Earth, of course, spins and rotates […]

The Telegraph | October 30, 2014

Mind-reading device invented by scientists to eavesdrop on ‘inner voice’

It might seem the stuff of science fiction, but a mind-reading device is being developed by scientists which can evesdrop on your inner-voice. Reseachers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a machine and computer programme which converts brain activity into sounds and words. Speech activates specific neurons as the brain works interpret the […]