Neuroscientist Portrait Project: Krishan Aghi

The following is part of the Neuroscientist Portrait Project, a look at the lives of neuroscientists inside vs. outside of the lab with an emphasis on highlighting the stories of those who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Created by Christine Liu and sponsored by Berkeley Neuroscience. All photos by Reynaldo Cayetano Jr. The portrait below was originally published as […]

Popular Science | September 14th, 2017

Squirrels are so organized it’s nuts

They use complex memory strategies to organize their stash. Squirrels are smart. One that runs afoul of a homeowner has to be relocated several miles away, preferably across a body of water, or else it will resolutely find its way back home. And this isn’t the only way that the rodents show their savvy. In a study […]

Laser Focus World | September 13th, 2017

Optogenetics a cornerstone of DARPA’s neural interface program

The Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program, launched in 2016 to facilitate precision communication between the brain and the digital world, has taken a giant step: In July 2017, its founding agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), awarded $65 million to help realize this idea over the next four years. Of the six teams […]

Daily Mail | September 13th, 2017

Squirrels put their groceries away just like we do!

Do you keep your vegetables on one shelf in your fridge, and eggs and meat on another? A new study shows that humans aren’t the only species that organizes things like this – squirrels do it too. Fox squirrels organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preferences – evidence of a […]

Berkeley News | September 12th, 2017

Fox squirrels use ‘chunking’ to organize their favorite nuts

Like trick-or-treaters sorting their Halloween candy haul, fox squirrels apparently organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference, according to new UC Berkeley research. The study, published today in the Royal Society Open Science journal, is the first to show evidence of squirrels arranging their bounty using “chunking,” a cognitive strategy in which humans […]

Berkeley News | September 6th, 2017

Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion

The Emoji Movie, in which the protagonist can’t help but express a wide variety of emotions instead of the one assigned to him, may have gotten something right. A new UC Berkeley study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and […]

Psychology Today | August 30th, 2017

This Is Your Brain on First Grade

Formal schooling improves a child’s attention and changes the brain. Tens of millions of children around the United States are going back to school. For those starting first grade, things are about to get serious. First grade brings new demands: sit still longer, pay closer attention, follow more rules, and so on. That may not […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | August 29th, 2017

Stephan Lammel receives Hellman Fellowship

Stephan Lammel, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, received a 2017 Hellman Fellows Award. Lammel studies midbrain dopamine circuits in reward-based behaviors and pathological changes in addiction and mood disorders. He will be taking an ethological approach towards understanding the effects of chronic stress in the brain. The Hellman Fellows Program is unique in its flexibility and reach […]

The Times | August 26th, 2017

Stay in eduation to keep your ageing brain agile

You will never be as clever as you were at the point you left education. And if that’s not depressing enough, even then you were quite possibly past your prime. Even so this discovery is actually positive, say the authors of a new study into our cognitive decline over our lifespan. While there has until […]

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