News 2016

June 09, 2016

The Human Behavior & Evolution Society announced that Psychological & Brain Sciences Professor Leda Cosmides and Department of Anthropology Professor John Toobey are the 2016 winners of the HBES Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution.

June 06, 2016

In her time at UCSB, Enders has distinguished herself as an experienced undergraduate researcher. At the campus-based Center for Nanotechnology in Society, she assisted in research on public perceptions of the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing. As a participant in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Sustainability Research Program, she focused on sustainability psychology and took the lead on research design and statistical analyses.

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May 20, 2016

When the Ebola virus was ravaging western Africa in 2015, a curious thing happened: Americans whose chances of being infected were effectively zero became terrified of the disease. What’s more, some of these people began to advocate xenophobic policies that medical experts said would only make the situation worse.

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April 08, 2016
Brain Awareness Week 2016 officially spanned March 14-20th, but for PBS Professors Karen K. Szumlinski and Tod E. Kippin, outreach activities at local schools and organizations began in January and continue on into late April. For the past 5 years, “The Brainiacs” Drs. Szumlinski and Kippin have been conducting brain awareness presentations for the 7 preschool classrooms at the Orfalea Family Children’s Center on West Campus, teaching 3 to 5 year olds about the basics of brain function, with a focus on brain safety. With the “matriculation” of their own children to elementary school, Drs.
March 09, 2016

So you had a terrible day at work. Or the bills are piling up and cash is in short supply. Impending visit from the in-laws, perhaps?

When stress sets in, many of us turn to a partner to help us manage by being a sounding board or shoulder to cry on. Your odds of actually feeling better are much improved if they’re both those things.

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February 29, 2016

Arriving home from work to find your partner toiling away in the kitchen, odds are you’ll jump in and help. That’s human nature. But if you’re flat out ordered to help? That’s a different story.

Remove the perception of choice and you’re in fact more likely to recoil from cooperation and go a different direction altogether. Maybe you suddenly have other plans for dinner.

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February 25, 2016

Shame is a painful emotion, one we do our best to avoid. And yet it is universal among cultures. Why would we evolve something that makes us lie, evade and worse? One prominent theory holds it’s a malfunction, an ugly pathology we’d be better off without.

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February 19, 2016

In a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), found that calculating someone’s BMI — body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight — may be ineffective, since millions of “perfectly healthy” Americans are being mislabeled as either overweight or obese.

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