Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 25th, 2018

The sensory code: Shape and texture discrimination in the cortex

One major open question in neuroscience is “How is sensory experience encoded by neurons in the brain?” Despite decades of research on this topic, our understanding of sensory encoding is only now beginning to yield answers that apply to real world sensory experience. Berkeley Neuroscience labs are addressing this question across multiple scales, animal models, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 20th, 2018

Congratulations to Postdoc Adrianna Jenkins, named APS Rising Star

Adrianna Jenkins, postdoctoral scholar in Ming Hsu’s Neuroeconomics Lab, was named as one of the Association for Psychological Science Rising Stars of 2018. The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research careers post-PhD. Jenkins will be starting as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at […]

Berkeley News | January 17th, 2018

Recording a thought’s fleeting trip through the brain

UC Berkeley neuroscientists have tracked the progress of a thought through the brain, showing clearly how the prefrontal cortex at the front of the brain coordinates activity to help us act in response to a perception. Recording the electrical activity of neurons directly from the surface of the brain, the scientists found that for a […]

STAT | December 28th, 2017

3 Brain Technologies to Watch in 2018

Technologies to detect brain activity — fine, we’ll come right out and call it mind reading — as well as to change it are moving along so quickly that “a bit of a gold rush is happening, both on the academic side and the corporate side,” Michel Maharbiz of the University of California, Berkeley, told […]

Digital Trends | December 22, 2017

With CRISPR, geneticists have a powerful new weapon in the battle against ALS

For many people today, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is most commonly linked with both the fundraising Ice Bucket Challenge and one its most famous patients, the physicist Stephen Hawking. However, it could soon have a brand-new distinction — the next disease to be treatable using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology. In work carried out by researchers at University […]

Berkeley News | December 20th, 2017

First step toward CRISPR cure of Lou Gehrig’s disease

University of California, Berkeley scientists have for the first time used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to disable a defective gene that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in mice, extending their lifespan by 25 percent. The therapy delayed the onset of the muscle wasting that characterizes the disease, which results in progressive weakness and […]

The Atlantic | December 15th, 2017

Even Small Amounts of Alcohol Impair Memory

“I can’t even remember what happened that night” is a common joke/cry for help among people who recently drank to the point of blacking out. But there’s also evidence that drinking even a little bit can seriously impair learning and memory. Sleep, especially the REM phase when dreams occur, is when memories get cemented into […]

Science | December 14th, 2017

Out-of-sync brain waves may explain why we get forgetful as we age

Our brains don’t rest when we sleep. Electrical waves ripple through our noggins as our neurons talk to each other. Now, researchers have shown that when these waves don’t interact properly, we can lose our long-term memory. The work may help explain why older adults are so forgetful, and it could lead to new therapies […]

CBS | December 14th, 2017

How sleep impacts your memory

Research reveals that as we age, brain waves become unsynchronized. Because of that, the brain fails to keep new memories while we sleep. The study also points to a new treatment for boosting brain power among the elderly. Matthew Walker, who co-authored the study and released a new book called “Why We Sleep: Unlocking The […]

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