California Magazine | Fall 2017

Dust in the Machine

Hear the letters BMI and the first thing you probably think of is “body mass index.” Keep your eyes peeled because “brain-machine interfaces” could soon hijack more than just the acronym. Jose Carmena was in a mid-Ph.D. crisis studying robotics at the University of Edinburgh when Miguel Nicolelis, John Chapin, and colleagues from Duke University and the MCP […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News

SfN Showing of My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

My Love Affair with the Brain A Film Documentary of the Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond SfN Showing Monday, November 13th, 6:30-8 pm Marriott Marquis Washington, DC: Salon 5   How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a human brain inside a floral-decorated hatbox? Meet Dr. Marian […]

The Guardian | September 24th, 2017

The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new acquaintance will inevitably cling to him like ivy. On an aeroplane, it usually means that while everyone else watches movies or reads a thriller, he will find himself running an hours-long […]

Neuroscientist Portrait Project: Krishan Aghi

The following is part of the Neuroscientist Portrait Project, a look at the lives of neuroscientists inside vs. outside of the lab with an emphasis on highlighting the stories of those who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Created by Christine Liu and sponsored by Berkeley Neuroscience. All photos by Reynaldo Cayetano Jr. The portrait below was originally published as […]

Popular Science | September 14th, 2017

Squirrels are so organized it’s nuts

They use complex memory strategies to organize their stash. Squirrels are smart. One that runs afoul of a homeowner has to be relocated several miles away, preferably across a body of water, or else it will resolutely find its way back home. And this isn’t the only way that the rodents show their savvy. In a study […]

Laser Focus World | September 13th, 2017

Optogenetics a cornerstone of DARPA’s neural interface program

The Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program, launched in 2016 to facilitate precision communication between the brain and the digital world, has taken a giant step: In July 2017, its founding agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), awarded $65 million to help realize this idea over the next four years. Of the six teams […]

Daily Mail | September 13th, 2017

Squirrels put their groceries away just like we do!

Do you keep your vegetables on one shelf in your fridge, and eggs and meat on another? A new study shows that humans aren’t the only species that organizes things like this – squirrels do it too. Fox squirrels organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preferences – evidence of a […]

Berkeley News | September 12th, 2017

Fox squirrels use ‘chunking’ to organize their favorite nuts

Like trick-or-treaters sorting their Halloween candy haul, fox squirrels apparently organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference, according to new UC Berkeley research. The study, published today in the Royal Society Open Science journal, is the first to show evidence of squirrels arranging their bounty using “chunking,” a cognitive strategy in which humans […]

Berkeley News | September 6th, 2017

Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion

The Emoji Movie, in which the protagonist can’t help but express a wide variety of emotions instead of the one assigned to him, may have gotten something right. A new UC Berkeley study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and […]