News 2013

August 30, 2013

In a recent study, researchers from University of California at Santa Barbara hypothesized that science, as a notion, “contains in it the broader moral vision of a society in which rationality is used for the mutual benefit of all.” As such, it “facilitates moral and prosocial judgments and behaviors.” Based on this premise, the researchers predicted that simply thinking about science leads individuals to behave in a more moral way. To investigate this potential link between exposure to science and moral behavior, the researchers set up four experiments.

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August 23, 2013

"I do not believe Psychology will ultimately make useful theoretical progress unless we try to close the gap between philosophy and psychology that unfortunately was created some 170 years ago as psychology attempted to free itself from the perception that it was simply an academic aspect of natural philosophy."

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August 06, 2013
Why is it that under certain circumstances paying full attention and trying hard can actually impede performance?
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July 23, 2013
Though humans generally have a tendency to look at a region just below the eyes and above the nose toward the midline when first identifying another person, a small subset of people tend to look further down –– at the tip of the nose, for instance, or at the mouth. However, as UC Santa Barbara researchers Miguel Eckstein and Matthew Peterson recently discovered, "nose lookers" and "mouth lookers" can do just as well as everyone else when it comes to the split-second decision-making that goes into identifying someone. Their findings are in a recent issue of the journal Psychological Science.
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June 12, 2013
Chairperson’s Award:

The recipients of the Chairperson’s award are students who have provided service to the Psychology department. (Peer Advisors and Psi Chi Officers)

  • Rochelle Adriano
  • Meghan Connell
  • Desiree Garcia
  • Kevin Hopp
  • Brittany Merced
  • Irina Petkova
  • Ariel Szilagyi
  • Mary Rose Ty
  • Lauren Welch

Distinction in the Major:

May 30, 2013

PhD Candidate Cameron Brick of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the UCSB Graduate Student Association. This award recognizes superior teaching contributions to UCSB.

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May 23, 2013

Headed by Prof. René Weber (Ph.D, M.D.), researchers from the Department of Communication have founded the Media Neuroscience Lab (http://medianeuroscience.org) in the Department of Communication at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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May 20, 2013
In a remote fishing community in Venezuela, a lone fisherman sits on a cliff overlooking the southern Caribbean Sea. This man –– the lookout –– is responsible for directing his comrades on the water, who are too close to their target to detect their next catch. Using abilities honed by years of scanning the water's surface, he can tell by shadows, ripples, and even the behavior of seabirds, where the fish are schooling, and what kind of fish they might be, without actually seeing the fish. This, in turn, changes where the boats go, and how the men fish.
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April 30, 2013

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have identified organizational features of human brain anatomy that support coordinated changes in functional brain activity when an individual is at rest, attending to a visual task, or remembering something such as a word or face. Their work was highlighted in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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