October 01, 2014

An innovative research replication initiative has generated results that have important implications for eyewitness memory. The project confirms earlier findings that asking witnesses to provide a verbal description of a suspect can impair their ability to select that suspect from a lineup — the so-called “verbal overshadowing” effect.

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September 18, 2014

Deep and meaningful relationships play a vital role in overall well-being. Past research has shown that individuals with supportive and rewarding relationships have better mental health, higher levels of subjective well-being and lower rates of morbidity and mortality. A paper published in Personality and Social Psychology Review provides an important perspective on thriving through relationships, emphasizes two types of support that relationships provide, and illuminates aspects where further study is necessary.

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August 29, 2014

Psychology Researchers at UCSB and Griffith University in Australia identify origin and purpose of the facial expression for anger

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — The next time you get really mad, take a look in the mirror. See the lowered brow, the thinned lips and the flared nostrils? That’s what social scientists call the “anger face,” and it appears to be part of our basic biology as humans.

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August 21, 2014

New UCSB assistant professor Kyle Ratner received the award for research conducted while he was a Ph. D. student at NYU.

Kyle G. Ratner, May Ling Halim, and David Amodio. Perceived stigmatization, ingroup pride, and immune and endocrine activity: Evidence from a community sample of Black and Latina women. (2013). Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 82- 91.

August 21, 2014

Prof. Grafton's research featured in Convergence, the magazine of engineering and the sciences at UCSB.

August 15, 2014
These photos were taken from Undergraduate Award Ceremony and Graduation Day, June 2014.
2014 Nasser Award Winners
August 14, 2014

Pictured below is the Chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences Diane Mackie, along with award winners Angela Dominguez and Ben Sturgess, June 2014. The students were awarded the Marjorie Rose and Abdullah (Al) Nasser scholarship, which provides support to Psychology and Biopsychology graduating seniors on the basis of compelling family and personal circumstances and academic achievement. Scholarships were given to those who have succeeded academically in the face of unique and challenging obligations.

July 23, 2014

We’ve all heard the term “addictive personality,” and many of us know individuals who are consistently more likely to take the extra drink or pill that puts them over the edge. But the specific balance of neurochemicals in the brain that spurs him or her to overdo it is still something of a mystery.

“There’s not really a lot we know about specific molecules that are linked to vulnerability to addiction,” said Tod Kippin, a neuroscientist at UC Santa Barbara who studies cocaine addiction.

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July 21, 2014

UCSB researcher shows that New Caledonian crows can perform as well as 7- to 10-year-olds on cause-and-effect water displacement tasks.

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — In Aesop’s fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the water level out of his reach. Not strong enough to knock over the pitcher, the bird drops pebbles into it — one at a time — until the water level rises enough for him to drink his fill.

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