Berkeley News | September 30, 2014

NIH awards UC Berkeley $7.2 million to advance brain initiative

The National Institutes of Health today announced its first research grants through President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, including three awards to the University of California, Berkeley, totaling nearly $7.2 million over three years. The projects are among 58 funded in this initial wave of NIH grants, involving 100 researchers and a total of $46 million […]

Berkeley News | September 25, 2014

Three Bay Area institutions join forces to seed transformative brain research

Two state-of-the-art research areas – nanotech and optogenetics – were the dominant theme last Thursday, Sept. 18, as six researchers from UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sketched out their teams’ bold plans to jump-start new brain research. The rapid-fire talks kicked off a one-of-a-kind collaboration among the three institutions in […]

Berkeley News | September 14, 2014

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein

The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study led by UC Berkeley researchers. The findings, published Sept. 14 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, could help explain how some older adults with beta-amyloid deposits in their […]

Berkeley News | September 8, 2014

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain

Are humans programmed to tell the truth? Not when lying is advantageous, says a new study led by Assistant Professor Ming Hsu at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The report ties honesty to a region of the brain that exerts control over automatic impulses. Hsu, who heads the Neuroeconomics Laboratory at the Haas School of […]

Berkeley News | September 5, 2014

Shining light on brain circuits to study learning, memory

UC Berkeley neuroscientists plan to use light to tweak the transmission of signals in the brain to learn more about how the mouse brain and presumably the human brain process information. Last month, the research project was awarded one of 36 new $300,000, two-year grants from the National Science Foundation in support of President Obama’s […]

Discover Magazine | August 28, 2014

How to Better Teach Kids Science? Just Ask Them

Neuroscientist Bob Knight started a kid-reviewed, kid-targeted online journal to inspire the next generation of researchers on their own terms. Kids say the darndest things when they’re reviewing a neuroscience study up for publication. That’s what Bob Knight discovered when, almost on a whim, he started a kid-reviewed online journal — and found his passion. […]

Kavli Foundation | August 14, 2014

Prominent U.S. Research Institutions Announce Collaboration Toward Sharing and Standardizing Neuroscience Data

The Allen Institute for Brain Science, California Institute of Technology, New York University School of Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) are collaborating on a project aimed at making databases about the brain more useable and accessible for neuroscientists – a step seen as critical to […]

Fabbs Foundation | July 29, 2014

Giving Computers the Wisdom of People

Bias is usually thought to cause problems, but some kinds of bias can also help us solve problems. In fact, bias is an essential part of how we understand the world around us, says cognitive psychologist Tom Griffiths of the University of California at Berkeley. Every day, we are required to draw inferences, or educated […]

Newsweek | July 24, 2014

How Your Chilli Addiction Could Be Helping You Live Longer

From the flicker of heat in pepperoncini to the incendiary burn of the Carolina Reaper, the chilli has conquered the world. These pungent pods are now the most widely grown spice crop of all. But, in recent years, the medical profession has become increasingly interested in the chemical ingredient of its trademark heat, with one […]