Berkeley News | June 1st, 2017

Puberty hormones trigger changes in youthful learning

A UC Berkeley study of mice reveals, for the first time, how puberty hormones might impede some aspects of flexible youthful learning. “We have found that the onset of puberty hits something like a ‘switch’ in the brain’s frontal cortex that can reduce flexibility in some forms of learning,” said study senior author Linda Wilbrecht, […]

Allen Institute for Brain Science | May 26th, 2017

A wiring diagram for sleep

Anyone who suffers from insomnia knows how sleep is not so easily untangled from being awake—and recent research shows that the brain’s own wiring reflects that pattern. In collaboration with scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have identified a specific group of neurons that control sleep. The […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 17th, 2017

Brohawn and Yartsev receive McKnight Scholar Awards

Six neuroscientists have been selected to receive the 2017 McKnight Scholar Awards, including Berkeley Neuroscience faculty Stephen Brohawn and Michael Yartsev. The McKnight Scholar Awards are granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience. The Endowment […]

Cell Press | May 17, 2017

Walter J. Freeman: A Tribute

In the early 1960s, few neuroscientists attempted to model brain function using mathematics. Computers were slow and expensive, so numerical approximations of complex phenomena were out of reach in most cases, and scientists resorted primarily to analytical representations of simpler processes. The study of circuits was not new to Walter J. Freeman. He had started […]

Science@Cal Lecture Series

Why we sleep

“Why we sleep” with Matthew Walker This free public talk is presented as part of the monthly “Science@Cal Lecture Series” Saturday, May 20th, 11am 100 Genetics and Plant Biology, UC Berkeley Event Contact: Allow me to ask you a question: Can you recall the last time you woke up without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, […]

Berkeley News | May 11th, 2017

Sniffing out stem cell fates in the nose

Adult stem cells have the ability to transform into many types of cells, but tracing the path individual stem cells follow as they mature and identifying the molecules that trigger these fateful decisions are difficult in a living animal. UC Berkeley neuroscientists have now combined new techniques for sequencing the RNA in single cells with […]

Berkeley News | May 10th, 2017

First year of grade school sharpens kids’ attention skills

The first year of elementary school markedly boosts a child’s attentiveness, according to new research from UC Berkeley and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. The study, led by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, shows that children who transition earlier to a formal school environment learn to be more focused and less impulsive […]

Berkeley Science Review | May 5th, 2017

A battle for balance

We might think of our brain cells as an orderly workforce—filing away memories, tying our shoes, and tidily stringing words together in the proper sequence to order a pizza—but beneath this veneer of harmony, our brains are fraught with infighting and disagreement at every organizational level. Around one third of the neurons produced in a […]

Sculpted Light in the Brain

Please join us for the one-day conference and workshop, Sculpted Light in the Brain! June 9th, 2017 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley >> Register on the conference website Registration is free, but it is required and space is limited. Lunch, coffee, and a social hour included. Please register by May 26th. Conference […]