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May 07, 2014

For the second year in a row, UCSB has placed among the top 10 in Leiden University’s annual rankings of the top 750 major universities in the world in terms of impact in the field of the sciences. UCSB took the number 8 spot.

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Amy Hyne
May 05, 2014

University of California, Santa Barbara alumna Amy Hyne (B.A. ’06, psychology with minor in French) has been selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation as one of 22 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2014.

The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious such award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each 2014 Newcombe Fellow will receive a 12-month award of $25,000.

Brenda Major
May 01, 2014

UCSB Social Psychologist Brenda Major has been awarded the Scientific Impact award by the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), along with Jennifer Crocker of Ohio State University.

The Scientific Impact Award honors the authors of a specific article or chapter offering a theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contribution that has proven highly influential over the last 25 years.

Alexis Lim
April 24, 2014

Two UCSB undergraduate students, Alexis Lim and Leigh Evans in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences were awarded $1000 Scholarships as part of the Education Abroad Program.

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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