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 […]

ABC News | October 21, 2014

Berkeley team to transform MRI

At a busy imaging lab at the University of California, Berkeley researchers are preparing for a journey to unmapped corners of the human brain. To get there, the team led by neuroscience professor David Feinberg, Ph.D, is pushing the boundaries of magnetic resonance imaging, also known as MRI. Instead of imaging the entire brain, they’re […]

Berkeley News | October 16, 2014

New front in war on Alzheimer’s, other protein-folding diseases

A surprise discovery that overturns decades of thinking about how the body fixes proteins that come unraveled greatly expands opportunities for therapies to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to the accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the brain. “This finding provides a whole other outlook on protein-folding diseases; a […]