Recent publications

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

Slow-Wave Activity Enhancement to Improve Cognition.

Related Articles Slow-Wave Activity Enhancement to Improve Cognition. Trends Neurosci. 2018 07;41(7):470-482 Authors: Wilckens KA, Ferrarelli F, Walker MP, Buysse DJ Abstract Slow-wave activity (SWA), and its coupling with other sleep features, reorganizes cortical circuitry, supporting cognition. This raises the question: can cognition be improved through SWA enhancement? SWA enhancement techniques range from behavioral interventions […]

Development of subcortical volumes across adolescence in males and females: A multisample study of longitudinal changes.

Related Articles Development of subcortical volumes across adolescence in males and females: A multisample study of longitudinal changes. Neuroimage. 2018 05 15;172:194-205 Authors: Herting MM, Johnson C, Mills KL, Vijayakumar N, Dennison M, Liu C, Goddings AL, Dahl RE, Sowell ER, Whittle S, Allen NB, Tamnes CK Abstract The developmental patterns of subcortical brain volumes […]

Slingshot: cell lineage and pseudotime inference for single-cell transcriptomics.

Related Articles Slingshot: cell lineage and pseudotime inference for single-cell transcriptomics. BMC Genomics. 2018 Jun 19;19(1):477 Authors: Street K, Risso D, Fletcher RB, Das D, Ngai J, Yosef N, Purdom E, Dudoit S Abstract BACKGROUND: Single-cell transcriptomics allows researchers to investigate complex communities of heterogeneous cells. It can be applied to stem cells and their […]

Cell Type-Specific Optogenetic Dissection of Brain Rhythms.

Related Articles Cell Type-Specific Optogenetic Dissection of Brain Rhythms. Trends Neurosci. 2018 03;41(3):122-124 Authors: Adesnik H Abstract A pair of 2009 papers by Cardin et al. and Sohal et al. marked a watershed moment as optogenetics exploded onto the scene of systems neuroscience. This pair of back-to-back papers in the June issue of Nature leveraged […]

Lesions to the Fronto-Parietal Network Impact Alpha-Band Phase Synchrony and Cognitive Control.

Related Articles Lesions to the Fronto-Parietal Network Impact Alpha-Band Phase Synchrony and Cognitive Control. Cereb Cortex. 2018 Dec 07;: Authors: Sadaghiani S, Dombert PL, Løvstad M, Funderud I, Meling TR, Endestad T, Knight RT, Solbakk AK, D’Esposito M Abstract Long-range phase synchrony in the α-oscillation band (near 10 Hz) has been proposed to facilitate information […]

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 […]

Perspectives on defining cell types in the brain.

Related Articles Perspectives on defining cell types in the brain. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2018 Dec 06;56:61-68 Authors: Mukamel EA, Ngai J Abstract The diversity of brain cell types was one of the earliest observations in modern neuroscience and continues to be one of the central concerns of current neuroscience research. Despite impressive recent progress, including […]

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 […]