The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences congratulates all of our PhD graduates! The following graduates participated in the Graduate Division ceremony on June 18, 2017 (from left): Will Ryan (holding honorary graduate Gordie); Kaziya Lee; Amanda Kautzman; Christina Shin; Jared Bagley; Lauren Winczewski; Kyle Ploense; Jessica LeClair; Adar Eisenbruch; Janet Pauketat; and Jeff Bowen.
Your doctor is an expert with many years of experience. So when she tells you, upon reviewing all the fancy tomographic imaging you had done, that the tenderness in your breast is just some minor irritation, you want to believe her and leave it at that.
The fields of science and engineering are dominated by men. So, there’s an effort across the nation to encourage young women to become scientists and engineers. Some girls on the South Coast are learning about those fields in an unusual way.
Humans have multiple learning systems, all functionally and anatomically distinct from one another. UC Santa Barbara mathematical psychologist Gregory Ashby has devoted his career to identifying and exploring them, and his work has paid off.
For his breadth of research and for his more recent advances in neuroscience, Ashby has been awarded the 2017 Howard Crosby Warren Medal by the Society of Experimental Psychologists (SEP).
Marcus Vicari (Biopsychology Major, Class of 2017) is the recipient of the prestigious College of Letters and Science Frances Colville and Terry Dearborn Memorial Award. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship and contributions to the campus community by a graduating senior with a major in the Division of Mathematics, Life & Physical Sciences. It is given in memory of Frances M. Colville, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1955-1964) and Terry H. Dearborn, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1940-1964). Congratulations, Marcus!
Professor Richard Mayer has been chosen by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) to receive the 2018 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award. The highest honor conferred by the APS, the Cattell Award recognizes distinguished APS members for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research.
In recognition of Greg Ashby's "innovative and foundational theoretical and empirical work linking mind and brain in computational and mathematical models of learning and categorization” the Society of Experimental Psychologists awards Professor Greg Ashby the 2017 Howard Crosby Warren Medal.
The Warren Medal is the oldest award in psychology. Past winners include such luminaries as Karl Lashley, B.F. Skinner, Clark Hull, James Gibson, Harry Harlow, Donald Hebb, William Estes, Roger Sperry, Roger Shepard, and Daniel Kahneman (among others).
Distinguished Professor Rich Mayer is the 2018 recipient of the Association for Psychological Science's James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for "a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research."
It’s universally accepted that the benefits of exercise go well beyond fitness, from reducing the risk of disease to improving sleep and enhancing mood. Physical activity gives cognitive function a boost as well as fortifying memory and safeguarding thinking skills.