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Medicine Nobel: How the brain makes sense of place

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to three neuroscientists, John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser, for their discoveries of brain cells that allow us to make sense of place and location and navigate …
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Curiosity helps learning and memory

Curiosity helps us learn about a topic, and being in a curious state also helps the brain memorize unrelated information, according to researchers at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience. Work published Oct. 2 in the journal Neuron provides insight …
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Protein is key to forming short-term memories

Short-term memory is essential for everyday life — whether remembering a phone number while dialing, carrying on a conversation, or forming the basis of long-term memories. Neuroscientists think that short-term memory is based on changes in both the properties of …
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Memory researcher wins Pentagon grant

Congratulations to Professor Charan Ranganath of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology on his selection as a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense. The five-year, $2.6 million fellowship will …
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Obituary: Peter Marler FRS, birdsong expert

Saddened to hear of the death on Saturday of Peter Marler, a pioneer of research on birdsong and animal communication and professor emeritus at the UC Davis Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and Center for Neuroscience. According to the …
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How brain structures grow as memory develops

Our ability to store memories improves during childhood, associated with structural changes in the hippocampus and its connections with prefrontal and parietal cortices. New research from UC Davis is exploring how these brain regions develop at this crucial time. Eventually, …
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Obama’s BRAIN Initiative: UC Davis reaction

President Obama yesterday announced the broad outlines of a major new plan to study the human brain. The President is proposing a budget of about $110 million in 2o14 for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative, drawn from …
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IgNobel for showing chimps can recognize each other, front and back

Researcher Jennifer Pokorny is now the second UC Davis affiliate to win a prestigious Ig Nobel Prize. Pokorny collected the prize, which she shared with Frans de Waal of The Netherlands, at the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard …
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Two grad students win Hughes scholarships

Two international graduate students at UC Davis, Liang-Tien (Frank) Hsieh from Taiwan and Andrea Ferrero from Italy, have received International Student Research Fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The scholarships are worth $43,000 a year to support the third …
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Routing brain traffic for maximum alertness

A new UC Davis study shows how the brain reconfigures its functional connections to take best advantage of our knowledge of situations and minimize distractions. “In order to behave efficiently, you want to process relevant sensory information as fast as …
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