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UCSB named National Neurotech Hub for Optical Brain Imaging

Date Posted: November 7th, 2017

A multidisciplinary team of researchers, including UC Santa Barbara scientists John Bowers, Michael Goard and Luke Theogarajan, has been awarded $9 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and widely share state-of-the-art optical brain-imaging techniques. Read more here.


Blindspots in human & computer vision

Date Posted: September 25th, 2017

UCSB researchers determine how human v. computer visual searches proceed and where the trouble lies. Read more here.


Delicious but deadly? How nervous systems decide to dine or dash

Date Posted: September 4th, 2017

UCSB neuroscientist Matthieu Louis reveals the neural computations that regulate risk-taking and the pursuit of food. Read more here.



Brainiacs Win Big: Hearst Foundation launches UCSB Brain Initiative Strategic Accelerator Fund

Date Posted: August 1st, 2017

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation established the Hearst Accelerator Fund to provide strategic support to the UCSB Brain Initiative. Read more here.


The Physics of Hearing: Understanding the Neurobiology of Sensing Sound

Date Posted: July 12th, 2017

UC Santa Barbara’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) hosts the NIH-funded “Physics of Hearing: From Neurobiology to Information Theory and Back”, a synergistic research program that brings together scientists from different fields to study a common topic. Read more here.

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The Smoking Gun in Alzheimer's

Date Posted: July 6th, 2017

UC Santa Barbara physical chemist Song-I Han and neurobiologist Kenneth S. Kosik have shed new light on the ability of tau - the nefarious Alzheimer's protein - to morph from one state (soluble liquid) to another (deadly tangle). Read more here.


Machine learning for melanoma: UCSB undergrad teaches neural networks to diagnose cancer

Date Posted: July 4th, 2017

UC Santa Barbara undergrad Abhishek Bhattacharya is using the power of artificial intelligence to help people ascertain whether that new and strange mark is, in fact, the deadly skin cancer. Bhattacharya, a biology and computer science student in UCSB’s College of Creative Studies (CCS), has so far proven a 96 percent accuracy rating with his neural network model. Read more here.


Crowd-sourcing sight? Can the "wisdom of crowds" work for vision?

Date Posted: June 20th, 2017

UCSB researcher Miguel Eckstein demonstrates that the wisdom of crowds works better than previously expected when it comes to visual search. Read more here.


Wake up in the morning feeling light - UCSB researchers reveal the proteins of jetlag

Date Posted: May 10th, 2017

Using fruit flies as a model organism, the Craig Montell Lab at UC Santa Barbara has made an unexpected discovery about rhodopsin — a light-sensitive receptor protein common to humans and flies that regulates circadian rhythms through expression in the central brain. The findings are published in the journal Nature. Read more here.


Can exercise make you see better?

Date Posted: February 13th, 2017

UC Santa Barbara psychologists Barry Giesbrecht and Tom Bullock wanted to know if brief bouts of physical exercise impact human visual performance. The researchers found that low-intensity exercise boosted activation in the visual cortex, the part of the cerebral cortex that plays an important role in processing visual information. Their results appear in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Read more here.


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