The Scientist | February 26, 2019

Four Sets of Mice Call Popular Autism Theory into Question

An analysis of four mouse models negates certain assumptions underlying the “signaling imbalance theory,” a popular hypothesis about autism’s origins in the brain. The findings suggest that the imbalance is a compensatory response to other problems in the brain, rather than the underlying cause of autism. The signaling imbalance theory holds that the brains of […]

Berkeley News | February 25, 2019

Face it, the face is not enough to perceive emotion

Actor James Franco looks sort of happy as he records a video diary in the movie “127 Hours.” It’s not until the camera zooms out, revealing his arm is crushed under a boulder, that it becomes clear his goofy smile belies his agony. That’s because when it comes to reading a person’s state of mind, […]

Simons Foundation | February 22, 2019

Wilbrecht Lab wins a SFARI Pilot Award

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce that it intends to fund 15 grants in response to the Winter 2019 Pilot Award request for applications (RFA). Pilot Awards aim to support novel, high-risk, exploratory ideas in autism research that have the potential to yield transformative results. The funded grants will address […]

Science at Cal

Vision+Light: Processing Perception

This exhibition at the intersection of art and science features works by a Berkeley Neuroscience faculty member and a PhD Program student.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 6, 2019

A holistic approach to understanding sensory perception

Associate Professor Hillel Adesnik and PhD Program alum Alexander Naka propose using new technologies in concert with each other to answer open questions about the function of cortical layers.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 5, 2019

Theunissen wins Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award

Congratulations to Professor Frédéric Theunissen for winning a Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation!

Berkeley College of Chemistry | February 1, 2019

Professor Christopher Chang awarded the 2019 Sackler Prize in Chemistry

Christopher Chang, Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley has been awarded the 2019 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Chemistry(link is external) from Tel Aviv University. The prize recognizes distinguished scientists under age 45 who have made outstanding and fundamental contributions in their fields. Chang shares the 2019 prize with Matthew Disney […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 29, 2019

Making tech more user-friendly: PhD alum Chung-Hay Luk researches how people interact with technology

At HWNI, Chung-Hay Luk studied decision-making and created dresses with interactive electronics for fun. Now she combines her neuroscience and tech interests as a UX researcher at Google.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 29, 2019

Light can shape the visual system before the eyes are even open

By Rachel Henderson The eyes of mice do not open until about two weeks after birth, yet light coming in through their closed eyelids is still able to trigger retinal activity and shape the wiring of the visual system, according to a new study published in Neuron from Professor of Neurobiology and Berkeley Neuroscience member […]