News 2014

Mike Gazzaniga
March 18, 2014

The award honors psychological scientists for groundbreaking contributions to the basic science of psychology.

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — Michael Gazzaniga, director of UC Santa Barbara’s SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has been named a 2015 William James Fellow by the Association of Psychological Science (APS).

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March 05, 2014

UCSB researchers use animal models to demonstrate that the net result of cocaine use is a balance of both positive and negative effects On the other side of the cocaine high is the cocaine crash, and understanding how one follows the other can provide insight into the physiological effects of drug abuse. For decades, brain research has focused on the pleasurable effects of cocaine largely by studying the dopamine pathway. But this approach has left many questions unanswered.

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February 10, 2014

It’s widely acknowledged that a common threat unites people. Individuals who were previously separated by social class, race or ethnicity come together, forming new cooperative alliances to defeat a common enemy. But does it take an external threat — an attack like Pearl Harbor or 9/11 — to make these social divisions melt away?

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January 24, 2014

To address health issues related to head injuries — which may not appear until long after a player has retired — the NFL has teamed with GE to create the Head Health Challenge, a $20 million research initiative. Among the 16 round-one winners is Scott Grafton, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and director of the campus’ Brain Imaging Center.

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January 15, 2014

UCSB Professor Miguel Eckstein and colleagues have found that when it comes to vision, the brain can perform more than one function without sacrificing time or accuracy.

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