Berkeley News | March 1st, 2018

Retraining the brain’s vision center to take action

Neuroscientists have demonstrated the astounding flexibility of the brain by training neurons that normally process input from the eyes to develop new skills, in this case, to control a computer-generated tone. The researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University and the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal, could just as easily have […]

Berkeley Vision Science | February 15th, 2018

Repairing the Retina

A mouse, soaking wet, is scooped up in the warm hands of a researcher. It has just paddled its way through a tub of water and climbed onto a platform, getting a welcome break from swimming. The researcher had trained it to associate the hidden resting spot with a nearby flickering light, and if this […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 15th, 2018

The stuff of friendship: PhD Program alum Annaliese Beery studies the neuroendocrinology of peer affiliation

Annaliese Beery (entering class of 2003) PhD Program alum Annaliese Beery is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Smith College. Beery has an infectious enthusiasm for her research, which is broadly concerned with how environment and experience affect the brain to influence behavior. A major focus of her lab is a continuation of the work […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 15th, 2018

Markita Landry aims to advance the frontiers of neuroscience and psychiatry with dopamine nanosensors

Markita Landry, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute faculty member and Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator, was selected as a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience for her research developing tools to study brain chemistry. “This is an exciting time to extend the boundaries of neuroscience into adjacent fields,” Marla Feller, Professor and Head of Neurobiology at UC Berkeley, […]

Neuroscientist Portrait Project: Tobias Schmid

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 […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 8th, 2018

The hidden link: Identifying cognitive processes that transform perception into action

Berkeley Neuroscience researchers are trying to understand how the brain uses incoming sensory information to decide how to act. Though linked to sensory inputs, which can be controlled, and behavioral outputs, which can be observed and measured, the cognitive processes of perception and decision making are internal and difficult to study. For example, the Wallis […]

Berkeley News | February 5th, 2018

New podcast lays out path to happiness with no shortcuts

If our bodies came with an instant happiness button, would we push it? That’s the question UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner has put to generations of students. Usually, they say they’d rather find true joy themselves, even if they have to work for it. That’s part of the inspiration behind a new Science of Happiness […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 1st, 2018

The promise of stem cells: Regeneration in the adult nervous system

Injury to the brain or spinal cord is devastating. In these areas of the nervous system, the damage caused by trauma or stroke can only be partially recovered at best. In contrast, some neural tissues in the periphery can completely recover following injury, by regenerating the sensory neurons and other cell types that have been […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 31st, 2018

Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience unveils new website

Home to faculty, postdocs, & students who study theories of computation in the brain, the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience is one of five research and technology centers within the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. We encourage you to explore their gorgeous and informative new website. Big thanks to Spencer Kent, […]