Berkeley News | November 13, 2014

Of rats and men: Tolman, behavior and academic freedom

If you’ve ever been to Tolman Hall, you probably reached it not by rigid adherence to a series of mechanical steps — start at West Circle, go up Hilgard Way, first right to the end of Morgan Hall, then first left and voila — but by navigating via the map in your head. That is, […]

NPR | November 3, 2014

Why Lab Rats Don’t Observe Daylight Saving Time

Twice a year, most Americans do a truly bizarre thing. In coordinated fashion, we change our clocks an hour ahead or behind and proceed as if the new time tells us what we should be doing: when to eat, when to sleep, when to wake and when to work. Earth, of course, spins and rotates […]

The Telegraph | October 30, 2014

Mind-reading device invented by scientists to eavesdrop on ‘inner voice’

It might seem the stuff of science fiction, but a mind-reading device is being developed by scientists which can evesdrop on your inner-voice. Reseachers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a machine and computer programme which converts brain activity into sounds and words. Speech activates specific neurons as the brain works interpret the […]

ABC News | October 21, 2014

Berkeley team to transform MRI

At a busy imaging lab at the University of California, Berkeley researchers are preparing for a journey to unmapped corners of the human brain. To get there, the team led by neuroscience professor David Feinberg, Ph.D, is pushing the boundaries of magnetic resonance imaging, also known as MRI. Instead of imaging the entire brain, they’re […]

Berkeley News | October 16, 2014

New front in war on Alzheimer’s, other protein-folding diseases

A surprise discovery that overturns decades of thinking about how the body fixes proteins that come unraveled greatly expands opportunities for therapies to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to the accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the brain. “This finding provides a whole other outlook on protein-folding diseases; a […]

SF Gate | October 8, 2014

New wave of brain research aims to understanding every function

When the United States’ top public health and political leaders declared the 1990s the “decade of the brain,” Dr. Pratik Mukherjee couldn’t help but feel a little dubious. “I was kind of laughing, because I didn’t think we’d make much progress in just a decade,” said Mukherjee, a neuro-radiologist at UCSF. Twenty-four years later, Mukherjee […]

UCSF News | October 8, 2014

UCSF, UC Berkeley Scientists Join Forces in New Glenn Center for Aging Research

Researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley have teamed up to create an innovative, integrated center for research on neurodegenerative diseases. Supported by a $3 million grant from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, the new center aims to pave the way to developing novel treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s […]

Berkeley News | October 2, 2014

Why we can’t tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double

Johnny Depp has an unforgettable face. Tony Angelotti, his stunt double in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” does not. So why is it that when they’re swashbuckling on screen, audiences worldwide see them both as the same person? UC Berkeley scientists have cracked that mystery. Researchers have pinpointed the brain mechanism by which we latch on […]

LBL News Center | October 1, 2014

Director Alivisatos Plays Key Role in White House BRAIN Conference

The White House hosted a conference on Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) yesterday as a follow up to the President’s 2013 announcement of the BRAIN initiative. Brought together to talk about how they could play a role in making this collaborative endeavor a success, conference attendees included representatives from national labs, academic and […]