Humans are not the only species to show a strong work ethic and scruples. UC Berkeley psychology researchers have found evidence of conscientiousness in insects, reptiles, birds, fish and other critters.
May 4th is the Grad Slam, UC’s system-wide contest that challenges graduate students to explain their research in three jargon-free minutes. All of the first place champions from each UC campus face off to compete for the UC-wide trophy and gain the attention of industry, academic, media, and government leaders.
When you’re suddenly able to understand someone despite their thick accent, or finally make out the lyrics of a song, your brain appears to be re-tuning to recognize speech that was previously incomprehensible. UC Berkeley neuroscientists have now observed this re-tuning in action by recording directly from the surface of a person’s brain as the words of a previously unintelligible sentence suddenly pop out after the subject is told the meaning of the garbled speech.
Dr. Alberto Ledesma, the graduate diversity director for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Letters and Science, provides support to continuing graduate students in the division. Support varies depending upon each student’s needs. For example, guidance can take the form of advising or mentoring.