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Monday, March 20, 2017

Visual Perception and Circuit-Level Insights into Autism

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Caroline Roberston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Atypical visual perception is a defining characteristic of autism, noted since the earliest reports of the condition. We know very little about where visual differences arise in the autistic brain or how they relate to the wider litany of symptoms associated with the condition. In this talk, I will first present extensive fMRI and psychophysical evidence that autistic visual differences originate...   More >

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The neuroscience of cognitive development and mathematics skill acquisition

Lecture | March 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall


Torkel Klingberg

Department of Psychology


Professor Torkel Klingberg from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden will be giving a lecture in the Cognitive Neuroscience colloquium series in Psychology.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Future of the Multi-core Platform Task-Superscalar Extensions to Von-Neumann Architecture and Optimization for Neural Networks

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Michael Frank, Magicore Systems

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


560 Evans
Technology scaling had been carrying computer science thru the second half of the 20th century until single CPU performance started leveling off, after which multi- and many-core processors, including GPUs, emerged as the substrate for high performance computing. Mobile market implementations followed this trend and today you might be carrying a phone with more than 16 different...   More >

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Neuroscience Student Seminar Series

Seminar | March 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center | Canceled


CANCELED - Kia Nobre, University of Oxford

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Friday, March 24, 2017

Formats for thinking

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | March 24 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall


Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Many philosophers, logicians and psychologists assume an exhaustive and exclusive dichotomy between "imagistic", iconic, or pictorial representations and "discursive", logical, or propositional ones. Others dismiss the distinction as meaningless, on the ground that any content can be captured in propositional terms. Adherents of both positions often conclude that thought -- at least, cognition of...   More >

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Let's Have an Awesome Time Doing Science!

Conference/Symposium | March 29 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Steve Whitelam (LBL): a material scientist passionate about science writing; Eugene Cordero (San Jose State University): a climate scientist passionate about educational outreach; Michael Mayhew (LLNL): a computational biologist who tries to teach computers to diagnose people's diseases; Ryan Dalton (UC Berkeley): a Miller Fellow studying the molecular basis of sensory perception; Traci Grzymala (UC Berkeley): trained as an insect biologist and now brings science and scientists to elementary schoolers; Marla Feller (UC Berkeley): a physicist-turned-neuroscientist seeking to understand the circuitry of vision; Lior Pachter (CalTech): a computational biologist who is dedicated to promoting scientific integrity

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Register online.



Reprogramming the Brain to Health Symposium: Brain Training to Promote Brain Health

Conference/Symposium | March 29 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Mark D'Espostio, UC Berkeley; Dan Krawcyzk, UT Dallas; Tony Chen, UCSF; Ian Robertson, UT Dallas; Michael Merzenich, UCSF; Adam Gazzaley, UCSF; Sandra Chapman, UT Dallas

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


This symposium will bring together the most distinguished brain scientists to share and learn up-to-date breakthroughs in brain research.


RSVP by March 28 by emailing ucbbraintrainingsymposium@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Berkeley Grad Slam Championship

Special Event: Neuroscience Seminar | April 5 | 3-5:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall


Tim Day, Flannery / Schaffer Lab

Graduate Division


See eight graduate student semi-finalists compete to be the Berkeley Champion!
Everyone is invited to cheer on graduate students as they present their three-minute research talks! While a panel of distinguished judges ascertains the top two winners, audience members will have the opportunity to vote a “people’s choice” winner.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
3 – 5:30 pm
309 Sproul Hall
FREE and...   More >

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Neuroscience Student Seminar Series

Seminar | April 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


CANCELED - Danielle Bassett, University of Pennsylvania

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology



Friday, April 7, 2017

Counterfactual thinking and comparative similarity

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | April 7 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall


Felipe de Brigard, Duke University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Counterfactual thinking involves imagining hypothetical alternatives to reality. Philosopher David Lewis argued that people estimate the subjective plausibility that a counterfactual event could have occurred by comparing an imagined possible world in which the counterfactual statement is true against the current, actual world in which the counterfactual statement is false. Accordingly,...   More >

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquia

Colloquium | April 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall


Vincent P. Clark, University of New Mexico

Department of Psychology

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Redwood Seminar

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Aapo Hyvarinen, University College London

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cognition Colloquium: Emily Liquin "The Effects of Explanation Generation on Explore-Exploit Decision Making and Learning"& Sophia Sanborn "TBA"

Colloquium | April 14 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Room 5101


Emily Liquin, UC Berkeley; Sophia Sanborn, UC Berkeley

Department of Psychology


Grad student Emily Liquin will present her research, "The Effects of Explanation Generation on Explore-Exploit Decision Making and Learning," and grad student Sophia Sanborn will present some of her original research, topic TBA.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hidden Hearing Loss: Synaptopathy in noise-induced and age related cochlear damage: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | April 17 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105


Charles Liberman, Mass Eye & Ear Eaton Peabody Lab Boston

Department of Psychology


The classic view of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is that the “primary” targets are hair cells, and that cochlear-nerve loss is “secondary” to hair cell degeneration. Our recent work in mouse and guinea pig has challenged that view. In noise-induced hearing loss, exposures causing only reversible threshold shifts (and no hair cell loss) nevertheless cause permanent loss of >50% of...   More >

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The future of fMRI in cognitive neuroscience

Lecture | April 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall


Professor Russell Poldrack, Stanford University

Department of Psychology


Professor Russ Poldrack from the Department of Psychology at Stanford University will speak in the Cognitive Neuroscience colloquium series.



Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquia

Colloquium | April 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall


Russ Poldrack, Stanford University

Department of Psychology

Friday, April 21, 2017

Objectivity and Trained Judgment: Toward an ethnography of experimental psychology

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | April 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall


Emily Martin, New York University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Historians of psychology have described how the "introspection" of early Wundtian psychology largely came to be ruled out of experimental psychology settings by the mid-20th century. In this talk I will take a fresh look at the years before this process was complete -- from the vantage point of early ethnographic and psychological field expeditions and from observing several current psychology...   More >

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | April 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Elizabeth Buffalo, University of Washington

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cognition Colloquium: Tracking early vocabulary development with smartphones

Colloquium | April 28 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall


Stephan Meylan, UC Berkeley

Department of Psychology


Our own Stephan Meylan will present his work on, "Tracking early vocabulary development with smartphones."

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | May 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Karen Zito, University of California, Davis

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cognition Colloquium: David Bourgin, title TBA

Colloquium | May 5 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Room 5101


David Bourgin, UC Berkeley

Department of Psychology


Grad student David Bourgin will present some of his original research, topic TBA.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

​Behavioural Signatures of Ganglion Cell Dysfunction in Glaucoma

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | May 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


​Andrew John Anderson, University of Melbourne

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


It is well established that retinal ganglion cells die in glaucoma. What is less clear is whether glaucoma induces a protracted period of dysfunction prior to cell death. This talk will review the strengths and limitations of some of the behavioural evidence that has been used to argue for the presence of dysfunctional retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma. Establishing that such dysfunction exists...   More >

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Role of Astrocytes in Neurovascular Coupling at the Capillary and Arteriole Level in the Retina and Brain

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | May 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Anusha Mishra, University College London, UK

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Neuronal activity evokes a spatially and temporally localized increase in blood flow to power the information processing carried out by the neurons, a phenomenon that underlies BOLD fMRI signals. This neurovascular coupling occurs both in the brain and the retina.

In the retina, both light- and glial-stimulation evoke pronounced arteriole dilations (30.8±3.7% and 23.5±4.1%, respectively). This...   More >

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Neural circuits for goal-directed sensorimotor transformation

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | May 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Carl Petersen, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sculpted Light in the Brain

Conference/Symposium: Neuroscience Seminar | June 9 | 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Stanley Hall


Bernardo Sabatini, Harvard Medical School; Hillel Adesnik, UC Berkeley; Josh Trachtenberg, UCLA; Laura Waller, UC Berkeley; Michael Hausser, University College London; Na Ji, UC Berkeley; Michael Lin, Stanford University; Rafael Yuste, Columbia University; Tommaso Fellin, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia; Ehud Isacoff, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


“Sculpted Light in the Brain” is a one-day conference and workshop aimed at fostering collaborations between neuroscientists, computer scientists, optics researchers, and other scientists who share the common interest of developing better technology to observe and control neural activity in the awake, behaving brain. “Sculpted Light” refers to a broad class of methods where light is shaped to...   More >