Penn Medicine News | April 14, 2020

Yartsev wins Rising Star Award from Penn Medicine’s Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences

PHILADELPHIA—The Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences (MINS) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania announced that Michael Yartsev, PhD, an assistant professor of Neurobiology and Engineering with the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and the department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is the recipient of the third-annual Rising Star Award in neuroscience research.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 2, 2020

Paying attention can heighten perception by quieting internally generated brain activity

By Rachel Henderson If you’ve ever been distracted and didn’t notice something right in front of you, you may have realized that what we “see” isn’t simply the result of light entering our eyes — attention plays a crucial role in what we perceive. It is well known that paying attention enhances visual perception, but […]

Frontiers for Young Minds | April 8, 2020

Why neuroscience needs girls: PhD alum Jacobs writes article for kids, covering research by alum Beery

Why neuroscience needs girls: PhD alum Emily Jacobs writes article for kids, covering research by alum Annaliese Beery about gender in neuroscience studies

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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 […]