eLife Sciences | November 26, 2019

Ten simple rules for computational modeling of behavioral data

New guidelines for scientists who use computational modelling to analyse behavioural data have been published today in the open-access journal eLife. The goal of computational modelling in the behavioural sciences is to use precise mathematical models to make better sense of data concerning behaviours. These data often come in the form of choices, but can […]

Berkeley News | November 25, 2019

Babies in the womb may see more than we thought

By the second trimester, long before a baby’s eyes can see images, they can detect light. But the light-sensitive cells in the developing retina — the thin sheet of brain-like tissue at the back of the eye — were thought to be simple on-off switches, presumably there to set up the 24-hour, day-night rhythms parents […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2019

New model of neural processing could help us understand the brain and create better AI

The Sommer lab has developed a model that uses neuronal “spikes” and rhythmic activity to help explain how the brain performs complex computations, which has implications for machine learning.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2019

Undergraduate researcher maps brain circuitry and reveals the limitations of a commonly used research method

Daniel Cardozo Pinto, a former undergrad in the Lammel lab, is first author on a new paper in Nature Communications! Read more about his research and path in science.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 13, 2019

$106M Weill Neurohub: Philanthropy creates a groundbreaking partnership to cure disease

HWNI is thrilled be at the forefront of this innovative $106 million partnership between UCB, UCSF, and UW to create breakthroughs in the treatment of neurological diseases and disorders.

Berkeley News | November 4, 2019

Stressed to the max? Deep sleep can rewire the anxious brain

When it comes to managing anxiety disorders, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth had it right when he referred to sleep as the “balm of hurt minds.” While a full night of slumber stabilizes emotions, a sleepless night can trigger up to a 30% rise in anxiety levels, according to new research from UC Berkeley.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 30, 2019

Postdocs Delevich and de Jong win NARSAD Young Investigator Grants

Congratulations to Berkeley Neuroscience postdoctoral fellows Kristen Delevich (Wilbrecht lab) and Johannes de Jong (Lammel lab) for being awarded 2019 NARSAD Young Investigator Grants from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation! The Young Investigator Grants provide up to $35,000 per year for two years for promising early-career researchers studying topics broadly related to mental illness. […]

Berkeley News | October 28, 2019

New findings could improve diagnosis, treatment of depression

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified biomarkers — genes and specific brain circuits in mice — associated with a common symptom of depression: lack of motivation. The finding could guide research to find new ways to diagnose and potentially treat individuals suffering from lack of motivation and bring closer the day of […]

Society for Neuroscience | October 19, 2019

Yartsev wins a Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award

Michael Yartsev, PhD, assistant professor in the department of bioengineering and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, applies cutting-edge neural techniques to bats to understand how brain circuits mediate spatial and social behaviors; two specialized functions of bats. His lab also studies the vocalization system of bats to understand the […]