Professor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. The selection committee was inspired by both his extensive scholarly impact and his deep commitment to campus efforts on increasing intergroup awareness,... Read more
Teenagers and adults who go to bed late on weeknights are more likely to gain weight than their peers who hit the hay earlier, according to a new study from UC Berkeley that has found a correlation between sleep and body mass index. Berkeley researchers analyzed longitudinal data from a nationally... Read more
Professor Lucia Jacobs has found that people can create a map in their heads with scents as location markers. NPR replicates the experiment with a master sommelier, and discovers that olfactory navigation is lot more successful if you have a sophisticated nose. Listen to the interview on "All... Read more
Professor Robert Knight has been awarded the 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring. This award comes with a $3,000 prize and will be presented to him at the National Postdoc Appreciation Day Reception at the Bancroft Hotel (2680 Bancroft Way) on Thursday, September 24 from 4-6... Read more
Like Duke Ellington’s 1931 jazz standard, the human brain improvises while its rhythm section keeps up a steady beat. But when it comes to taking on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of neurons tune in to one another for a fraction of a second and harmonize, then go back to improvising,... Read more
Hello Alumni and Friends! After four outstanding years of astute and inspiring leadership, Rich Ivry is stepping down as chair and returning to full time teaching and research. Our Department flourished under Rich’s leadership and guidance, and we are all very grateful for his hard work, steadfast... Read more
If you can’t tell a smile from a scowl, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. A new UC Berkeley study shows that sleep deprivation dulls our ability to accurately read facial expressions. This deficit can have serious consequences, such as not noticing that a child is sick or in pain, or that a... Read more
Challenging the idea that addiction is hardwired in the brain, a new UC Berkeley study of mice suggests that even a short time spent in a stimulating learning environment can rewire the brain’s reward system and buffer it against drug dependence. Scientists tracked cocaine cravings in more than 70... Read more