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Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Ins and Outs of Visual cortex

Seminar | August 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Massimo Scanziani, University of California San Francisco, Center for Integrative Neuroscience Sandler Neurosciences Center

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, September 10, 2018

An objective functional biomarker of retinal ganglion cell function: Applications for probing disease mechanisms

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | September 10 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Suresh Viswanathan, Associate Professor & Chair of Biological and Vision Sciences, SUNY College of Optometry

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Work over the last decade and a half have identified and characterized a retinal ganglion cell nerve component in the flash electroretinogram. This talk will review the evidence for retinal ganglion cell origin of this potential, its mechanism of generation and applications towards understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of glaucoma and mild traumatic brain injury.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Correlated neural activity across the brains of socially interacting bats

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


Wujie Zhang, Yartsev Lab, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Social interaction is fundamental to our everyday life and that of diverse animals. When two animals interact, they behave in different ways. Thus, to get a full picture of the neural activity underlying each interaction, we need to record from the brains of both animals at the same time. We do so in a highly social mammal, the Egyptian fruit bat, using wireless electrophysiology, which allows...   More >

Monday, September 17, 2018

​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | September 17 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Vivek Labhishetty, PhD; Baladitya Yellapragada, PhD

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Vivek Labhishetty's Abstract
Retinal-Conjugate Surfaces: The Blur Horopter
When we fixate at an object, the image of that object is brought to sharp focus on the fovea due to the eye’s accommodation. Other objects in the periphery may be farther or nearer than best focus on those parts of the retina. We measured the shape of surface of best focus in the world as the eye accommodates to...   More >



Information decomposition

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Juergen Jost, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


In many situations, two or more sources have some information about a target. For instance, sensory input and context information can jointly determine the firing pattern of a neuron. Since the information from the two sources is typically not identical, one wishes to decompose it in those parts that are unique to each source, what is shared between them and what is complementary, that is,...   More >

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Learning Representations for Planning

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Aviv Tamar, Postdoc, UC Berkeley's Artificial Intelligence Research Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Abstract:
How can we build autonomous robots that operate in unstructured and dynamic environments such as homes or hospitals?
This problem has been investigated under several disciplines, including planning (motion planning, task planning, etc.), and reinforcement learning. While both of these fields have witnessed tremendous progress, each have fundamental drawbacks when it comes to...   More >

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | September 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Ethan Bensinger, Roorda Lab; Baladitya Yellapragada, Yu Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Ethan Bensinger's Talk Title
Dysflective Cones: Differences in Cone Reflectivity and Function in Healthy Subjects
Confocal Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) images acquired in healthy subjects reveal small areas with diminished cone reflectivity. In a survey of AOSLO images these transient hyporeflective areas of cones were found in 19 of the 80 eyes. 3 healthy subjects with...   More >



The neural circuits underlying motor planning and short-term memory

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | September 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Karel Svoboda, Janelia Research Campus, HHMI

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Our goal is to uncover the principles by which mammalian neural circuits perform fundamental computations, from perception to action. Cortex is parcellated into areas with distinct functions, each of which contains complex local circuits. Cortical areas in turn associate into mesoscale circuits with other cortical and subcortical areas via long-range connections. Information is represented by...   More >



The neural circuits underlying motor planning and short-term memory

Seminar | September 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center | Note change in time


Karel Svoboda, Janelia Research Campus, HHMI

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Our goal is to uncover the principles by which mammalian neural circuits perform fundamental computations, from perception to action. Cortex is parcellated into areas with distinct functions, each of which contains complex local circuits. Cortical areas in turn associate into mesoscale circuits with other cortical and subcortical areas via long-range connections. Information is represented by...   More >

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A New Benchmark and Progress Toward Improved Weakly Supervised Learning

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Russ Webb, Apple

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


A primary goal of this work is to give a clear example of the limits of current, deep-learning techniques and suggest how progress can be made. The presentation will include a discussion of open questions, unpublished experiments, suggestions on how to make progress. This work is founded on the paper Knowledge Matters: Importance of Prior Information for Optimization by Gulcehre et. al., which...   More >



Repairing the brain after stroke: a biomaterials strategy

Seminar | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Tatiana Segura, Duke University

Bioengineering (BioE)


Stroke is the leading cause of disability due to the brain’s limited capacity to regenerate damaged tissue. After stroke, an increased inflammatory and immune response coupled with severely limited angiogenesis and neuronal growth results in a stroke cavity devoid of normal brain tissue. However, stroke also induces the formation of a pro-repair/plastic region in the area adjacent to the stroke...   More >

Friday, September 28, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

(Computer) Vision without Sight: Finding, Reading, and Magnifying Text

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | October 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Roberto Manduchi, Professor of Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Reading is a pervasive activity in our daily life. We read text printed on books and documents, shown on directional signs and advertisement, and displayed on computer and smartphone screens. People who are blind can read text using OCR on their smartphone; those with low vision may magnify onscreen content. But these tasks are not always easy. Reading a document with OCR requires taking a...   More >

Monday, October 8, 2018

Seeing in the cold – neurobiology of the ground squirrel retina

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | October 8 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Wei Li, PhD, NIH/NEI

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


The ground squirrel has a cone-dominant retina and it hibernates in winter. We exploit these two unique features to study retinal biology and adaptations during hibernation. In this seminar, I will discuss an optic feature of the ground squirrel retina, as well as several forms of adaptation during hibernation in the retina and beyond. By exploring the mechanisms of such adaptation, we hope to...   More >

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fronto-thalamic interaction in cognitive control and flexibility

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | October 10 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Michael Halassa, Assistant Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | October 15 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Jazzi Junge, Orel-Bixler Lab; Patrick Carney, Wildsoet Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: Towards a Conscious AI: A Computer Architecture Inspired by Neuroscience with Manuel Blum

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium


Manuel Blum, UC Berkeley

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


Thanks to major advances in neuroscience, we are on the brink of a scientific understanding of how the brain achieves consciousness. This talk will describe neuroscientist Bernard Baars' Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain, its implications for understanding consciousness, and a novel computer architecture that it inspires. The Model gives insight for the design of machines that truly...   More >



From Academia to Airbnb: a high dimensional anecdote: Jason Vytlacil

Colloquium | October 17 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Jason Vytlacil

Department of Psychology


You can find Jason Vytlacil's LinkedIn page here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-vytlacil/

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A cortical reinforcement prediction error encoded by VIP interneurons

Seminar | October 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Adam Kepecs, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, October 22, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | October 22 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Sarah Kochik, Wildsoet Lab; Nevin El-Nimri, Wildsoet Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Nevin El-Nimri's Talk
Manipulating Intraocular Pressure as a Novel Avenue for Controlling Myopia Progression

Myopia (near-sightedness) results from progressive, excessive eye enlargement and is associated with blinding complications. It has become a significant public health concern, reaching epidemic levels in some parts of the world. The eye is like a balloon, with pressure inside the eye...   More >

Monday, October 29, 2018

Set Summary Perception, Outlier Pop Out, and Categorization: A Common Underlying Computation?

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | October 29 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Shaul Hochstein, Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Recent research has focused on perception of set statistics. Presented briefly with a group of elements, simultaneously or successively, observers report precisely the mean of a variety of set features, but are unaware of individual element values. This has been shown for both low and high level features, from circle size to facial expression. A remaining puzzle is how can the perceptual system...   More >



Vision to Action: Towards a Cellular-Resolution Atlas of the Zebrafish Visual and Visuomotor System

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | October 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Herwig Baier, Department Genes – Circuits – Behavior, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, 82152 Martinsried, Germany

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Understanding brain-wide neuronal dynamics and behavior requires a detailed map of the underlying circuit architecture. We built an interactive cellular-resolution atlas of the zebrafish brain, with a focus on the visual and visuomotor system, and generated from our dataset an inter-areal wiring diagram, which serves as ground truth for synapse-scale, electron microscopic reconstructions. We have...   More >

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Opportunities and challenges of high-field fMRI for neuroscience applications

Colloquium | October 31 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Kendrick Kay, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


In this talk, Dr. Kendrick Kay will describe two recent projects that exploit functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at ultra-high magnetic field strength (7 Tesla). The first project consisted of whole-brain fMRI retinotopic mapping in 181 healthy adults, as part of the Human Connectome Project (T2*-weighted gradient-echo EPI, 1.6-mm isotropic resolution, 1-s TR, 85 slices, multiband...   More >

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Information Storage in Memory Engrams

Seminar | November 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Tomas Ryan, Trinity College Dublin, School of Biochemistry and Immunology,

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, November 5, 2018

The science of missing what is right in front of your eyes

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | November 5 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Jeremy Wolfe, Professor of Ophthalmology & Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


OMG, I did not see that!
The science of missing what is right in front of your eyes.

Visual Attention Lab
Department of Surgery
Brigham & Women's Hospital

We cannot simultaneously recognize every object in our field of view. As a result, we deploy attention from object to object or place to place, searching for what we need. This is true whether we are looking for the cat in the bedroom...   More >

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Adversarial Examples that Fool both Computer Vision and Time-Limited Humans

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Gamaleldin Elsayed, Google Brain

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Machine learning models are vulnerable to adversarial examples: small changes to images can cause computer vision models to make mistakes such as identifying a school bus as an ostrich. However, it is still an open question whether humans are prone to similar mistakes. Here, we address this question by leveraging recent techniques that transfer adversarial examples from computer vision models...   More >



Professor Michael Silver Psychology Colloquium Lecture: Effects of acetylcholine on visual cortex, attention, and learning

Colloquium | November 7 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Department of Psychology


The neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) has been extensively studied at the level of synapses and neural circuits, but comparatively little is known about its effects on perception and cognition in humans. We augmented the effects of ACh in the brains of healthy human participants by administering the cholinesterase inhibitor donepezil (trade name: Aricept). I will describe the effects of...   More >

Friday, November 9, 2018

Attentional Episodes and Cognitive Control

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | November 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


John Duncan, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Abstract: Human fMRI studies show a tightly-localised set of “multiple-demand” or MD regions, involved in solution of many different cognitive challenges, widely separated yet strongly functionally connected, and linked to standard measures of fluid intelligence. Multiple-demand regions are generally associated with “cognitive control”, but how should control be conceived? Using data from...   More >

Thursday, November 15, 2018

How do Astrocytes Sculpt Synaptic Circuits?

Seminar: HWNI/MCB Seminar | November 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Li Ka Shing Center


Cagla Eroglu, Duke University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


How are synaptic networks formed during development and remodeled during learning and disease? This is the main question that drives our research. In particular, we investigate the roles of glial cells called astrocytes in the development, remodeling and function of synaptic circuits. In my talk, I will share findings from my lab on two distinct molecular mechanisms through which astrocytes...   More >

Monday, November 19, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | November 19 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Dylan Paiton, Olshausen Lab; Liz Lawler, Silver Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Monday, November 26, 2018

Oxyopia Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | November 26 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Kurtis Auguste, Chief of Surgery, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Maternal gut bacteria, inflammation and neurodevelopmental disorder

Seminar | November 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Jun R. Huh, Harvard University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Neurocomputational mechanisms underlying social norms and controllability

Colloquium | November 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Xiaosi Gu, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


To maintain the normal functioning of a society, individuals must be able to learn to adapt to norms. Neuroimaging studies have suggested that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and the insular cortex might be important for norm learning. However, norms are not static processes but rather, can be changed and updated if individuals of a society learn to act on them. In other words, the...   More >


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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Convergent circuitry for thermoregulation

Seminar | November 29 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Lily Jan, University of California, San Francisco

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, December 3, 2018

Oxyopia Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | December 3 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Kevin Duffy, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills



Gesture: its relationship to thinking and speaking

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | December 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Sotaro Kita, University of Warwick

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


This presentation concerns a theory on how gestures (accompanying speaking and silent thinking) are generated and how gestures facilitate the gesturer's own cognitive processes. I will present evidence that gestures are generated from a general-purpose Action Generator, which also generates “practical” actions such as grasping a cup to drink, and that the Action Generator generates gestural...   More >

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Ion Channels as Organizers of Neuronal Signaling Domains

Seminar | December 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


James Trimmer, University of California, Davis, Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Writing Scientific Research Proposals

Workshop | December 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall


Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research


In this workshop, we will explore techniques and best practices for writing a research proposal in the sciences and engineering, from the beginning (the specific aims/objectives) to the middle (the research design and methods) to the very end (supplementary documents). We will look at examples of successful proposals and discuss the different techniques that can be used to effectively present...   More >


Faculty

Faculty

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Individual differences in brain development and plasticity - effects on learning

Colloquium | December 12 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Allyson Mackey, University of Pennsylvania

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Dr. Allyson Mackey will discuss her research on understanding individual differences in brain development and plasticity, and the impact of these differences on learning and academic performance. She will present research linking socioeconomic status, which encompasses a broad set of childhood experiences, to the structure and function of cortex. She then will examine the impact of specific...   More >

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Neural circuit mechanisms underlying cognition in rats

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | January 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Carlos Brody, Howard Hughes Medical Institute & Princeton University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


I will describe studies of the neural bases of cognitive processes. Rodents, mostly rats, are trained to perform behaviors that lend themselves to quantitative modeling that can help identify and assess specific cognitive processes, such as decision-making, short-term memory, planning, and executive control. With these well-quantified behaviors in hand, we then use electrophysiological...   More >

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Representation Learning and Exploration in RL

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | January 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


John Co-Reyes, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Sparse reward and long horizon tasks are among the most interesting yet challenging problems to solve in reinforcement learning. I will discuss recent work leveraging representation learning to tackle these sets of problems. We present a novel model which learns a latent representation of low-level skills by embedding trajectories with a variational autoencoder. Skills are learned in an...   More >

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ubiquitin and the Endolysosomal Pathway at CNS synapses

Seminar | January 31 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Patrick Gentry , University of California, San Diego

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, February 4, 2019

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | February 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Michael Telias, Postdoc in Richard Kramer's Lab; Joseph Leffler, PhD Candidate

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Michael Telias's Abstract
Retinoic acid is the trigger for neural hyperactivity in retinal degeneration and
blocking its receptor unmasks light responses and augments vision

Light responses are initiated in photoreceptors, processed by interneurons, and synaptically transmitted to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), which send information to the brain. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a blinding...   More >

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dynamic Neural Fields: the embodiment of neural computation

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Yulia Sandamirskaya, Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Activity of neuronal populations in several cortical regions can be described by a Dynamic Neural Field (DNF) equation. A DNF is a continuous in time and in space activation function defined over a metric space spanned over perceptual (e.g., color, retinal location, orientation) or motor (e.g., orientation of the head, direction of movement) dimensions, in which neurons in the underlying...   More >



Clinical Science Colloquium

Colloquium | February 5 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Amit Etkin MD PhD

Department of Psychology


Over the past two decades, neuroimaging studies have defined a set of distributed brain systems that contribute to cognition, emotion, mood and other mental processes. Perturbations in these circuits have been identified in different ways across psychiatric disorders. The challenge ahead of us is how to use these insights to: 1) understand the nature of neural circuit deficits in mental illnesses...   More >

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Computer Vision Beyond Recognition

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Stella Yu, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Computer vision has advanced rapidly with deep learning, achieving super-human performance on a few recognition benchmarks. At the core of the state-of-the-art approaches for image classification, object detection, and semantic/instance segmentation is sliding-window classification, engineered for computational efficiency. Such piecemeal analysis of visual perception often has trouble getting...   More >

Monday, February 11, 2019

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | February 11 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Kelly Byrne, Silver Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills



Perceptual Learning in Support of Language: Insights from Infants and Cochlear Implantees

Seminar: Psychology Seminar | February 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102


Heather Bortfeld, Ph.D., Professor, Psychological Sciences, University of California, Merced

Department of Psychology


Cochlear implants improve the ability of profoundly deaf children to understand speech by allowing a way for sound to be transmitted to the brain despite the lack of a working conduction system in the inner ear. Much of what we know about the course of auditory learning following cochlear implantation in young children is based on behavioral indicators that they are able to perceive sound....   More >



Testing the role of the basal ganglia in choice

Colloquium | February 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Linda Wilbrecht, Psychology

Department of Psychology

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Sensory Biology of Electroreception

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Duncan Leitch**, University of California, San Franciso

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



CTRL-labs: Non-Invasive Neural Interfaces for Human Augmentation

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | February 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Patrick Kaifosh, PhD, CSO & Co-Founder, CTRL-labs

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


As the nervous system's evolved output, spinal motor neuron activity is from an evolutionary perspective a natural source of signals for a neural interface. Furthermore, the amplification of these signals by muscle fibers allows them to be measured non-invasively with surface electromyography (sEMG). CTRL-labs has developed a wireless wearable system that records state-of-the-art sEMG signals...   More >

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Investigations into the neuropsychology of face perception

Colloquium | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Brad Duchaine, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


I'll discuss two topics in my presentation. First, I'll provide an overview of previous studies examining the cognitive and neural basis of developmental prosopagnosia (DP), and then I'll discuss a recent fMRI study from my lab that assessed 26 category-selective areas in a relatively large sample of DPs. Our results revealed that face selectivity was reduced across the face network in the DPs...   More >



Church Encoding as the link between Cognition and Neuroscience

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | February 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Steve Piantadosi, Dept. of Psychology, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


I’ll present an approach from mathematical logic which shows how sub-symbolic dynamics may give rise to higher-level cognitive representations of structures, systems of knowledge, and algorithmic processes. This approach posits that learners posses a system for expressing isomorphisms with which they create mental models with arbitrary dynamics. The theory formalizes one account of how novel...   More >



Alternative Splicing Choices for Synaptic Function

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Andrea Gomez**, Biozentrum, University of Basel

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



Statistics on Shape Data: Correcting an Asymptotic Bias in Template Shape Estimation

Seminar | February 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall


Nina Miolane, Stanford University

Department of Statistics


Computational Anatomy aims to model and analyze healthy and pathological distributions of organ shapes. We are interested in the computational representation of the brain anatomy using brain MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). How can we define the notion of brain shapes and how can we learn their distribution in the population? Landmarks’ shapes, curve shapes or surface shapes can be seen as the...   More >

Monday, February 25, 2019

What do language disorders reveal about the brain? From classic models to network approaches

Colloquium | February 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


Nina Dronkers, Psychology

Department of Psychology


Past approaches to the study of language and the brain have focused largely on the contributions of Broca's and Wernicke's areas. By using advanced neuroimaging techniques with individuals who have aphasia, we have now learned that language is an extraordinarily complex system that requires an extensive and interactive network of brain regions to sustain it. We have also learned that an intricate...   More >

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

ICBS Seminar

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West


Zach Pardos, Graduate School of Education and School of Information; Stella Yu, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, EECS

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


The Mind in Big Data, Zach Pardos

Learning with Minimal Human Supervision, Stella Yu

Monday, March 11, 2019

Aging, Memory and Alzheimer’s disease

Colloquium | March 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


William Jagust, Psychology

Department of Psychology


It has long been known that older individuals often experience decline in their episodic memory abilities. Within the past decade, new approaches have revealed the frequent presence of the aggregated proteins beta-amyloid and tau in the brains of cognitively normal older people. These proteins are also associated with Alzheimer’s disease. By imaging these proteins in normal older people, and...   More >

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

ICBS Seminar

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | March 13 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1217 Berkeley Way West


Steve Piantadosi, Dept of Psychology; Terry Deacon, Dept of Anthropology

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Number learning in the Bolivian Amazon, Steve Piantadosi

Patterns of early embryonic brain development in mammals, Terry Deacon

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Biology as information dynamics

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


John Baez, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


If biology is the study of self-replicating entities, and we want to understand the role of information, it makes sense to see how information theory is connected to the ‘replicator equation’ — a simple model of population dynamics for self-replicating entities. The relevant concept of information turns out to be the information of one probability distribution relative to another, also known as...   More >

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

ICBS Special Event: The Neural Basis of Attention

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | March 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West


Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Festschrift in Honor of Bob Rafal

Full schedule will be provided in future.



Neuroscience Student Seminar Series

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center | Note change in date and time


Earl Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology



Working Memory 2.0

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Earl K. Miller, Picower Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Working memory is the fundamental function by which we break free from reflexive input-output reactions to gain control over our own thoughts. It has two types of mechanisms: online maintenance of information and its volitional or executive control. Classic models proposed persistent spiking for maintenance but have not explicitly addressed executive control. I will review recent theoretical and...   More >

Monday, April 8, 2019

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | April 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Indira Raman, Northwestern University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



Friday, April 12, 2019

3D Human Brain Models and Nanoplatforms for Prognostics and Therapeutics of Neurological Disorders: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 12 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall


Prof. Hansang Cho, Univ of North Carolina, Charlotte / Biomedical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia. However, no definitive cure for AD exists due to lack of limited model systems that accurately reflect AD-related immunity in human brains, nor for a drug development strategy for delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and assessment of drug efficacy in human brains.

Here, I present micro-scaled 3D environments that...   More >

Monday, April 22, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | April 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Michael Higley, Yale University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | May 2 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Doris Tsao, Caltech

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

ICBS Seminar

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | May 8 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1217 Berkeley Way West


Anca Dragon, EECS; Emily Cooper, Vis Science

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Optimal Robot Action for and around People, Anca Dragon

3D Vision in Natural Environments, Emily Cooper