Berkeley News | April 22, 2014

Commonly available blood-pressure drug prevents epilepsy after brain injury

Between 10 and 20 percent of all cases of epilepsy result from severe head injury, but a new drug promises to prevent post-traumatic seizures and may forestall further brain damage caused by seizures in those who already have epilepsy. A team of researchers from UC Berkeley, Ben-Gurion University in Israel and Charité-University Medicine in Germany […]

Berkeley News | April 18, 2014

Neuroengineers bring science cred, Berkeley feel to ‘Transcendence’ film

Engineering professor Jose Carmena was working on a research grant in December 2012 when his colleague and friend, Michel Maharbiz, burst through his office door accompanied by director Wally Pfister and a production team for an upcoming sci-fi thriller. The Hollywood filmmakers were working on a story about a brilliant artificial intelligence scientist whose brain […]

The Daily Californian | April 14, 2014

UC Berkeley researchers explore memory formation

The mystery of how memories are made, stored and retrieved is closer to being solved, thanks to a group of UC Berkeley researchers. Ehud Isacoff, a campus neurobiology professor and director of UC Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, is working to explore multiple levels of the brain to find out how memories form and how […]

Berkeley News | April 7, 2014

Director Wally Pfister joins UC Berkeley neuroengineers to discuss the science behind ‘Transcendence’

“Transcendence” director Wally Pfister, Oscar®-winning cinematographer (“Inception”), will come to the University of California, Berkeley, for a screening of exclusive film clips and audience Q&A. The movie, opening Friday, April 18, is about a leading artificial intelligence researcher, played by Johnny Depp, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything […]

Quartz | April 6, 2014

Your reality is 15 seconds in the making

When you really focus your attention on something, you’re said to be “in the present moment.” But a new piece of research suggests that the “present moment” is actually a chunk of the recent past, and it’s about 15 seconds long. Jason Fischer of the University of California at Berkeley, the lead author of the […]

Berkeley News | March 11th, 2014

Watch: Scientists ‘herd’ cells in new approach to tissue engineering

Sometimes it only takes a quick jolt of electricity to get a swarm of cells moving in the right direction. Researchers at UC Berkeley found that an electrical current can be used to orchestrate the flow of a group of cells, an achievement that could establish the basis for more controlled forms of tissue engineering […]

Psychology Today | February 12, 2014

Chronic Stress Can Damage Brain Structure and Connectivity

Neuroscientists have discovered how chronic stress and cortisol can damage the brain. A new study reconfirms the importance of maintaining healthy brain structure and connectivity by reducing chronic stress. Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that chronic stress triggers long-term changes in brain structure and function. Their findings(link is external) might explain why young […]

Berkeley News | February 11, 2014

New evidence that chronic stress predisposes brain to mental illness

University of California, Berkeley, researchers have shown that chronic stress generates long-term changes in the brain that may explain why people suffering chronic stress are prone to mental problems such as anxiety and mood disorders later in life. Their findings could lead to new therapies to reduce the risk of developing mental illness after stressful […]

Berkeley News | November 13, 2013

New data science institute to help scholars harness ‘big data’

In a world awash in data, UC Berkeley is meeting the flood head-on by establishing a new institute to support faculty, researchers and students in their efforts to mine this information in areas as diverse as astronomy and economics, genetics and demography. The Berkeley Institute for Data Science, to be housed in the campus’s central […]