Recent publications

Below are recent publications by Berkeley Neuroscience faculty. Click here to view all faculty publications on PubMed.

A subset of octopaminergic neurons that promotes feeding initiation in Drosophila melanogaster.

Related Articles A subset of octopaminergic neurons that promotes feeding initiation in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS One. 2018;13(6):e0198362 Authors: Youn H, Kirkhart C, Chia J, Scott K Abstract Octopamine regulates feeding behavioral responses in Drosophila melanogaster, however the molecular and circuit mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. Here, we investigated the role of a subset of […]

Age-related variability in decision-making: Insights from neurochemistry.

Related Articles Age-related variability in decision-making: Insights from neurochemistry. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2018 Dec 10;: Authors: Berry AS, Jagust WJ, Hsu M Abstract Despite dopamine’s significant role in models of value-based decision-making and findings demonstrating loss of dopamine function in aging, evidence of systematic changes in decision-making over the life span remains elusive. Previous […]

Cracking the Function of Layers in the Sensory Cortex.

Cracking the Function of Layers in the Sensory Cortex. Neuron. 2018 Dec 05;100(5):1028-1043 Authors: Adesnik H, Naka A Abstract Understanding how cortical activity generates sensory perceptions requires a detailed dissection of the function of cortical layers. Despite our relatively extensive knowledge of their anatomy and wiring, we have a limited grasp of what each layer […]

Localizing proton-mediated inhibitory feedback at the retinal horizontal cell-cone synapse with genetically-encoded pH probes.

Related Articles Localizing proton-mediated inhibitory feedback at the retinal horizontal cell-cone synapse with genetically-encoded pH probes. J Neurosci. 2018 Nov 30;: Authors: Beckwith-Cohen B, Holzhausen LC, Wang TM, Rajappa R, Kramer RH Abstract Lateral inhibition in the vertebrate retina depends on a negative feedback synapse between horizontal cells (HCs) and rod and cone photoreceptors. A […]

A Neural Circuit Mechanism for Encoding Aversive Stimuli in the Mesolimbic Dopamine System.

Related Articles A Neural Circuit Mechanism for Encoding Aversive Stimuli in the Mesolimbic Dopamine System. Neuron. 2018 Nov 19;: Authors: de Jong JW, Afjei SA, Pollak Dorocic I, Peck JR, Liu C, Kim CK, Tian L, Deisseroth K, Lammel S Abstract Ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine (DA) neurons play a central role in mediating motivated […]

Human Scene-Selective Areas Represent 3D Configurations of Surfaces.

Related Articles Human Scene-Selective Areas Represent 3D Configurations of Surfaces. Neuron. 2018 Nov 16;: Authors: Lescroart MD, Gallant JL Abstract It has been argued that scene-selective areas in the human brain represent both the 3D structure of the local visual environment and low-level 2D features (such as spatial frequency) that provide cues for 3D structure. […]

Distribution of brain iron accrual in adolescence: Evidence from cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis.

Distribution of brain iron accrual in adolescence: Evidence from cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis. Hum Brain Mapp. 2018 Nov 29;: Authors: Peterson ET, Kwon D, Luna B, Larsen B, Prouty D, De Bellis MD, Voyvodic J, Liu C, Li W, Pohl KM, Sullivan EV, Pfefferbaum A Abstract To track iron accumulation and location in the brain […]

Restoring visual function to the blind retina with a potent, safe and long-lasting photoswitch.

Related Articles Restoring visual function to the blind retina with a potent, safe and long-lasting photoswitch. Sci Rep. 2017 04 13;7:45487 Authors: Tochitsky I, Trautman J, Gallerani N, Malis JG, Kramer RH Abstract Photoswitch compounds such as DENAQ confer light-sensitivity on endogenous neuronal ion channels, enabling photocontrol of neuronal activity without genetic manipulation. DENAQ treatment […]

Temporal dynamics and response modulation across the human visual system in a spatial attention task: an ECoG study.

Related Articles Temporal dynamics and response modulation across the human visual system in a spatial attention task: an ECoG study. J Neurosci. 2018 Nov 20;: Authors: Martin AB, Yang X, Saalmann YB, Wang L, Shestyuk A, Lin JJ, Parvizi J, Knight RT, Kastner S Abstract The selection of behaviorally relevant information from cluttered visual scenes […]