Berkeley Blog | September 17th, 2018

Maintaining an active brain and body — even with cancer

In 2015, I retired after an enjoyable and rewarding career as a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley. My goal during retirement was to stay active and become a freelance writer in the hopes of sharing my interests to a general readership. Along with my wife, Helen, and Kazuko, […]

Berkeley News | September 13th, 2018

Regret is a gambler’s curse, scientists say

What goes through a gambler’s mind after she’s placed her bet? It’s not just the anticipation of a big payoff, or doubts about the wisdom of her bet. It’s also regret about previous bets, both won and lost, according to UC Berkeley neuroscientists. “Right after making a choice and right before finding out about the […]

Berkeley News | September 12, 2018

Stereotypes measurably influence how we treat each other

Our race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic class and physical appearance can determine whether or not we get a break in life. But how big a role do social stereotypes really play when it comes to landing a job, loan, university spot or other opportunity? UC Berkeley neuroscientist Ming Hsu and fellow researchers have built a […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | September 7, 2018

Modeling a neurodevelopmental disorder with human brain organoids: a new way to study conditions such as epilepsy and autism

When brain development goes awry, the consequences can be devastating. The developmental disorder tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) causes the formation of cortical tubers—disorganized regions of abnormal cells in the cerebral cortex of the brain—and often results in epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and psychiatric disorders. Berkeley Neuroscience faculty member Helen Bateup wants to understand […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | September 7, 2018

Revealing your brain: PhD program alum Erica Warp develops brain wearables using her background as a neuroscientist, artist, and entrepreneur

“I think throwing fireballs with your mind in a game is cool, but taking care of the brain and helping the brain get stronger is what really motivates me.” Erica Warp, PhD program alum (entering class of 2006) As Vice President of Product at EMOTIV, Erica Warp is on the cutting edge of brain sensor […]

Berkeley News | August 14, 2018

Poor sleep triggers viral loneliness and social rejection

Poor sleep can literally kill your social life. UC Berkeley researchers have found that sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less inclined to engage with others, avoiding close contact in much the same way as people with social anxiety. Worse still, that alienating vibe makes sleep-deprived individuals more socially unattractive to others. Moreover, even well-rested people […]

Society For Neuroscience | August 6, 2018

Molecular switch triggers itch

Blocking receptor of single molecule could control both pain and itch in skin diseases A new study of male mice published in JNeurosci uncovers two distinct pathways through which a single molecule can cause both itchy and painful skin. The research could inform the development of drugs for a variety of skin diseases. Diana Bautista and colleagues […]

Berkeley News | July 27, 2018

Congratulations to Dave Schaffer for being selected as a Bakar Fellow

Five UC Berkeley faculty innovators have been selected for the Bakar Fellows Program, which supports faculty working to apply scientific discoveries to real-world issues in the fields of engineering, computer science, chemistry and biological and physical sciences. The program, which started in 2012, gives up to five years of funding to help faculty further develop their innovations and ready them […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 26, 2018

Copper in the brain: Mining a mineral that regulates sleep and wakefulness

By: Rachel Henderson Copper is highly concentrated in the brain, and one area of the brain, the locus coeruleus (LC), has the highest levels—around 10 times higher than other areas of the brain. What is all this copper doing in the LC? The Berkeley Neuroscience labs of Chris Chang  and Ehud Isacoff collaborated to find out. […]