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Berkeley News | March 20, 2020

What use is worry? Psychologist explains anxiety’s pros and cons

As anxiety around COVID-19 skyrockets, it’s important to know when excessive worrying is helpful or debilitating, experts say. (iStockphoto)

Excessive worry about COVID-19 is becoming a mental health pandemic unto itself. But when is anxiety useful, and when is it destructive? At UC Berkeley, Sonia Bishop, associate professor of psychology and cognitive neuroscience, has studied anxiety and how it affects decision-making. Among other discoveries, Bishop’s research has found that anxious people make worse decisions amid […]

UC Berkeley Psychology News | March 24, 2020

Knight awarded the 2020 Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists

The SEP awards the Howard Crosby Warren Medal annually for outstanding achievement in Experimental Psychology in the United States and Canada. The 2020 Howard Crosby Warren Medal is presented to: Robert T. Knight – University of California, Berkeley Citation:  for his pioneering methodological and empirical contributions to our understanding of the neural mechanisms of human […]

Molecular & Cell Biology News | March 23, 2020

Feller receives 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award

MCB Professor of Neurobiology, Executive Director of the Miller Institute and member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute Marla Feller, has been honored with a UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes individual faculty or instructors for sustained performance of excellence in teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, inspires departmental colleagues, and makes students aware […]

Berkeley News | March 19, 2020

High-speed microscope captures fleeting brain signals

Electrical and chemical signals flash through our brains constantly as we move through the world, but it would take a high-speed camera and a window into the brain to capture their fleeting paths. University of California, Berkeley, investigators have now built such a camera: a microscope that can image the brain of an alert mouse […]

Weill Neurohub | March 8, 2020

HWNI faculty to receive Weill Neurohub funding for foundational projects

Weill Neurohub is supporting five inaugural high-impact neuroscience projects. A pioneering research network, the Weill Neurohub unites three premier West Coast public universities to advance treatments for brain diseases. This initial project funding will support the development of foundational platforms and tools in four priority areas – imaging, genomics and molecular therapies, computation and data […]

Nature Methods | March 2, 2020

How joy and wide-ranging curiosity leads to neurobiology tools for new types of questions

“I’m basically a microscopist who wants to be a neurobiologist,” says Na Ji from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). It makes her happy when neurobiology colleagues tell her she is already one of them. Ji designs and develops tools for experimental neurobiologists that do not require a physics PhD to operate and maintain them, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 25, 2020

2020 Call for Proposals: Rennie Fund for the Study of Epilepsy

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) calls for proposals to the Rennie Fund.  This fund provides 1-year awards to support new research on epilepsy. Proposals can be directly related to epilepsy, or to closely related areas in neuroscience. The funding amount is in the range of $20-50K, for 1 year of support, for a single […]

Berkeley News | February 21, 2020

Brain cells protect muscles from wasting away

While many of us worry about proteins aggregating in our brains as we age and potentially causing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of neurodegeneration, we may not realize that some of the same proteins are aggregating in our muscles, setting us up for muscle atrophy in old age. University of California, Berkeley, scientists have now […]